I was asked recently to comment on the factor of safety and the probability of failure. I declined, because I have been thinking about it, using it, and writing about it forever. I went back to one of the first pieces I wrote, The Engineer and the Probability of Failure. You can download a copy at this link. It was an occasional piece in a magazine in South Africa. It is dated October 1978. I based the piece on a court case in South Africa where the judge wrote: (more…)
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Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Enviromental, First Nations, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Law (Mining), mining, opera, safety, Tailings, tagged hatch, mem, mt polley, prokofiev, romeo & juliet on December 1, 2014 | 2 Comments »
This evening I watched the Mariinsky version of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. This is the only ballet I like. Mostly because of the music. And, I suspect, because once I could recite the entire Shakespeare play. (I was Friar Lawrence in the high school production.) And now in the ballet I can hear the words of every emotion. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, California, Colorado, due dilligence, Law (Mining), Mining history, Reclamation, safety, Tailings, tagged best management practices, canadian dam associatin, cda, guidelines, PMF. MCE, Tailings, uranium study, Virginia on November 18, 2014 | 9 Comments »
This picture and the others in this posting were taken by me at Knotsberry Farm in California.
A great place to visit and enjoy a terrifying ride along the raging river of insanity.
If you seek a thorough and intelligent analysis of dealing with uranium mill sites (and particularly the tailings facility) take a look at the following–it is an amazingly comprehensive document–and should be required reading for all involved in mine management, regardless of whether the mine is uranium, copper, gold, or something else. (more…)
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, British Columbia, consulting, drilling, Jobs and Salaries, Law (Mining), mining, People, Tailings, tagged klohn crippen berger, morgenstern vick van zyl, mt polley, thurbers on October 29, 2014 | 16 Comments »
Today I received the followings announcement by email. I cannot find the original on the website of the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). Maybe they have not gotten down to posting it yet. The announcement, in short, is that MEM has awarded Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) a $1.5 million to help MEM evaluate the cause of the Mt Polley failure–more specifically to provide advice in conducting the “forensic investigation” into the breach. (more…)
Posted in About the news, brandy, consulting, decomissioning, Enviromental, Global Warming, Law (Mining), mining, North America, People, Reclamation, Tailings, tagged andy robertson, cold climate, Global Warming, INAC, maintenance, mike nahir, mine closure, survelllance on April 10, 2014 | 6 Comments »
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, California, Community relations, consulting, environmental, feasibilty studies, First Nations, Investing & Finance, Law (Mining), mining, Mining history, North America, People, tagged Alaska, Anglo American, bristol bay, EPA, Pebble Mine on January 16, 2014 | 5 Comments »
The EPA’s decision about the prudence of developing the Pebble Mine or any other mine in the area of Bristol Bay is in–see this link. This blog (I/me) has been a consistent critic of the idea of developing the Pebble Mine. In short, I cannot see how a mine could be developed in such an environment without unacceptable impact. (more…)