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Below is a report that hit my email inbox today.  I repeat in full, not because mines are the main culprit, but because mines are probably NOT the main culprit.  This report is a sobering reminder that dry-cleaners, car-battery recyclers, old military bases, and jails are also major contaminators.  Yet so little is written or done about them—it is not a very sexy topic–so much easier to excoriate mining. Not that Giant, Faro, and a few other old mines are going to be cheap to cleanup. (more…)

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Constructing covers over mining wastes at sites in cold climates involves consideration of these factors that are unique to cold climates: (more…)

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Spent today in a course on Covers in Cold Climates.  The course is part of the seminar to follow tomorrow and Wednesday on the same topics.  Arranged by InfoMine, it is being held in Whistler, which is a nice, but not spectacular place to have a conference—I prefer Banff or Vancouver.   For the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a pale reflection of those other grand hotels with the Fairmont name: a bland and ugly exterior that replicates in cheap detail the features of the hotel in Vancouver that it tries to emulate. (more…)

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Hitherto I have refrained from commenting on the controversy swirling around Taseko’s BC New Prosperity Mine.  A number of reasons for avoiding a blog posting on the topic.  First, I know nothing of the issues—I did take up Taseko’s offer to interview their engineers, but never got a reply to my email taking up their offer. Second, I work with a guy who has a cabin in the area and hence a definitive opinion on the matter:  NIMBY. (more…)

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This posting is prompted by a casual discussion today with a person I like and respect.  She pointed me to the website of Employment Office.  The opening statement on their website is this: (more…)

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I am in Ottawa to take part in a course tomorrow at a mining conference.  Today I walked through light snow to Parliament Hill and toured through the building.  Here are a few photos. (more…)

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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…)

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Iowa is blanketed in snow; and I freeze.  Here a few photos to prove my point.

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At the address in the photo above is an amazing collection of public art.  On the outside walls of the Huntington Beach Civic Center are painted tiles of birds.  These tiles were saved when the old shopping mall across the way was torn down.  These tiles were part of this grand old shopping center–from a time when money could be spent on art not artifice.  But when the center was pulled down to make way for bigger shops that would attract the richer, younger crowd moving into the surrounding areas, luckily the tiles were saved and placed on the walls of the Civic Center. (more…)

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Went to Victoria, BC this week to meet with regulators about a mine we are working for.  Met with staff from the Ministry of Energy and Mines and staff from the environmental ministry. A great meeting.  They were attentive to our presentations, asked penetrating questions, made intelligent comments, and impressed me. (more…)

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