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I have not posted on this blog the past few days.  The reason:  I was at a fly-in, fly-out camp where the internet connection is sporadic & they do not make it easy to access spurious blogs.   Plus the weather was terrible:  ice-rain in which planes could not fly. (more…)

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You remember Jill.  She is the philosophy major who is employed by an innovative mining company, MMC, to oversee risk management of the mining company’s geowaste facilities including the tailings, waste rock, and heap leach facilities. (more…)

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Today was a sad day.  The MET opera, watched live in a quiet and safe place, Coquitlam east of Vancouver, BC, was Aida.  Yet the national tragedy of the twenty-eight deaths in Connecticut overshadowed the tragedy of the opera.  (more…)

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Many miners go to Santiago, Chile to do mining.  The country is mining boom country.  Their engineers are skilled and able.  Yet they need augmentation by international mining folk.  Reasons include: too few engineers; a search for new ideas; international perspective; and mine ownership by foreign mining companies footing the bill and hence wanting control. (more…)

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Today was one of those days when you question reality and contrast fact with fiction.  For you ask: is fiction merely a reflection of reality?  Do we read fiction to escape or understand reality?  Is fiction perception distilled  or fact distorted by experience?  (more…)

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A radical thesis:  If I had a million dollars to invest in a single mine, I would go meet the mine’s Health & Safety Officer.  If they impressed me, I would invest.  If they did not, I would get on the next plane and fly to the next mine on the list.  (more…)

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Today we were contacted by a vendor who came looking for our opinion on his product, and whether we thought it would be of use in the mining industry. Sometimes it can be easy to discern whether something will have any value to a miner, yes or no, quite simple. Other times it can be more difficult, and you wonder if hindsight will render its use obvious and maybe you deserve a bit of a kicking for being so closed minded. (more…)

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In the past, we have all done silly things at mines that constitute safety violations.  Here I record a drilling program I worked on in 1981 and 1982 at the then-proposed Greens Creek mine in Alaska.  I post with only minor edits what I found last weekend amongst some old papers in the attic. (more…)

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Here is a question posed of me in a recent email: (more…)

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This report should be mandatory reading for all in the mining industry.  If you are a Democrat you will believe it, and believe something should be done—particularly a change in the law and more enforcement of lax and dishonest mine operators.  If you are a Republican, you will ignore it, attack it, and say lives are secondary to employment.  Both are sort sighted and mean perspectives.  (more…)

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