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More is said about mine closure than is done about mine closure.  Will they ever close Giant and Faro?  I doubt it.  Still if the topic interests you, here a few upcoming events. The InfoMine Mine Closure Conference in Belo Horizonte promises lots of information about mine closure in Brazil.  Not many of us can get that far south or want to go that far south. Last time there was an InfoMine conference in Belo, there were riots and protests and the delegates were confined to the hotel. (more…)

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The title of this posting translates as Mine Water and Chemical Balance Analysis.  Today, EduMine posted at this link the Spanish language version of what has become a rather popular online course. (more…)

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An advantage of being a consultant to the mining industry is travel to new places.   This past week no blog postings because I was travelling in Mexico to a remote mine.  Here is a brief travelogue. (more…)

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Mining.com reports that Canada has been spying on Brazilian mining:

Brazilian television OGlobo aired Sunday night a program showing that U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked documents that reveal Canadian spy agencies tracked the country’s Mines and Energy Ministry e-mails and phone calls. (more…)

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Having survived the travails of travel, including eight-hour flight delays, evacuation of terminals, and long-line indignities, let me post a few photos that illustrate how one village is improved by mining-derived money. I first saw this village about three years ago.  It was picturesque but dilapidated. Poverty was the norm: unpainted houses; a decaying church; rudimentary places to eat; no banks. (more…)

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A new EduMine course in Spanish is up.  It is a translation of my English course on Tailings Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure.  I must thank Goldcorp who sponsered the translation. In Spanish this is Diseño, operación y cierre de tranques de relaves.  You will find it at this link.  Here, in Spanish, are the people for whom this course is written: (more…)

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If you read this blog, you will know that in the past four or so years, I have visited the Marlin and Escobal Mines in Guatemala many times.   (Do a search with these key words in the box at top-right to get all I have written about these visits.) (more…)

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Just back from a trip to Brazil.  Here are some photos. The boats took us upriver to the site of a proposed mine.  Artisanal mining is in progress at the site and it is a dirty and dangerous.   

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There is no mine water solution for the Pascua Lama mine in the high Andes of Chile and Argentina.  Here is one report(more…)

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The government of Argentina has ordered Vale to continue to employ nearly 6,500 workers at the Rio Colorado potash mine that Vale is seeking to close.   Vale wants to close the mine as it is presumably not making money, inflation in Argentina is 25 % per annum, and Vale did not get tax breaks they were seeking.  (more…)

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