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A Balancing Act at Granville Island

It was bound to happen–I just wondered when.  With Pebble essentially down, attention now turns to new BC mines that may affect rivers that flow into Alaska.  Here is a statement that hit my email this morning. (more…)

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Almost everybody in mining that I talk to has an adverse opinion about the recent Canada Supreme Court ruling that the Crown has a duty to obtain First Nations or Aboriginal consent before mining on claimed land.   Opinions include: (more…)

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Here are two links to two very different reports on Tahoe’s Escobal mine in Guatemala.  I need to rush to join clients for drinks and supper, so no comment other than to repeat what one of the articles reports on what I said in an interview with the reporter.  Oh Dear! (more…)

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I gave up allegiance to the Anglican church in South Africa when it was still white dominated.   I decided the priests were venial, greedy liars. This was long before Desmond Tutu became the head of the church.  I always admired, however, his leadership and devotion to the cause of justice. Today I heard on the radio that Tutu is about to visit Fort McMurray to protest the cause of local First Nations, global warming, the Keystone Pipeline and all the other “causes.” Damn me.  The old guy has lost his touch if not indeed his mind.  Or is he just being paid lots of money to sprout platitudes by those with ulterior motives?  I suspect both. (more…)

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If you are interested in how mining companies fared in Canadian courts last year, you would do well to download and read the McCarthy Tetrault Mining in the Courts Year in Review Vol IV – March 2014 available at this link.  The volume includes detailed information about the facts leading to 21 court cases and decisions in Canadian courts that involved mining companies.  More important the volume provides clear and concise information about the court decisions and what these decisions mean for mining companies.  (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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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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Journalists (and bloggers) have discovered that spills are big news.  There is always the element of failure, of human ineptitude, environmental impact, and an aggrieved local ready to state that all future headaches will be attributed to the spill. The most recent is a spill of radioactive fluids at the Ranger Mine in Australia.  Here is part of the report: (more…)

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The Ring of Fire is a mining district in Northern Ontario.  Stan Sudol who writes the blog Republic of Mining brought to my attention a series of article on his blog about The Ring of Fire. The link provided gets you to more links to a series of articles on the mines and mining potential of The Ring of Fire.  I repeat here the links—I am sure Stan agrees to this and is proud of this exposure of his work: (more…)

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Mining has given rise to wars.  The folk who mined hematite for face paint at Bomvu Ridge 40,000 years ago probably used the red stuff as war paint.  The silver mines of Athens made it a formidable war force in early Greek history.  The Boer wars of South Africa were driven by England’s desire to get control of the gold mines of the Witwatersrand.   Blood diamonds is a modern version of conflict wrought over access & control of valuable resources. Nothing new about this concept–although I am yet to see a book on mining as a cause of war. (more…)

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