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I never, well hardly ever, post the writings of others on this blog. Except when I quote whole scale from a report I like. (more…)

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Most consultants work from large towns and cities.  Most mines are distant in some far place.  Some lucky consultants may be able to drive to the mine site.  Most consultants have to fly and spend a day or weeks away from home.   Here are some tips on those long flights from the city to the distant mine. (more…)

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Just published is a comprehensive report from The Mining Association of Canada.   At this link you can download a copy of Revenues to Governments from the Canadian Mineral Sector 2002-2011 as prepared by ENTRANS Policy Research Group Inc.   I recommend it if you want detail and facts on the immense contribution of the mining industry to the taxman. (more…)

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The weekend looms, so here is a roundup of the items I have saved for bogging about and that I know I will never get to unless I summarize now: (more…)

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Controversy is its name–I refer to Bill C-38 that is in the process of passing through the Canadian Parliament.  Here is a brief description of an omnibus juggernaut: (more…)

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Yesterday and today I did nearly sixty kilometres on my road bicycle up the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver.  Perfect weather prompted and aided this.  Well maybe, for it rained yesterday as I rode up the hills still topped with snow and drove the bike between the cold, tall trees and spots of sun. (more…)

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Most mines have a place where the miners eat.  Let us celebrate the cooks at these places by telling of the many fine meals we have enjoyed in these mining canteens. In celebrating cooks at mining canteens, I also seek to describe a job in mining that most do not write about.  If you like cooking, then maybe a job at a mine canteen is for you. (more…)

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The Goldcorp Marlin Mine in Guatemala is a fascinating case history in the ups and downs of mining, of the license-to-mine, of community relations, of so-called sustainable development, and the role of law in a just system.  Then there is the fascinating aspect of a government that may not be entirely competent or uncorrupt; and which is beset by social and religious fights, and the need for money to balance the budget.   Although I have met a number of government officials and they all seemed honest and earnest to me.  They struck me as ordinary, decent people trying to do the right thing in a situation beset by violence, racialism, and poverty-related turmoil.   Not to mention the pernicious influence of drug trafficking and rival religious groups.  They were moreover beset by trying to deal with the terrible influence of meddling groups of internationalists seeking personal exposure and gain. (more…)

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   It is Canadian Thanksgiving day and USA Columbus day.  Let us indulge then in one of the stranger blog postings of the past week on mining.  The crux of the story is the find of many mummies in Chile–all dead from mercury poisoning. (more…)

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  The world looks different from different places.  I am in Huntington Beach, California where it is raining harder and longer than ever seen in Vancouver.  They are amazingly optimistic here.  The couple who entertained us last night have just completed a $200,000 renovation to the house they bought 20 years ago for about the same amount.  Being near the beach, the house is still worth a lot more than the renovation cost.  He is a consultant to the US mining industry and believes there is lots of work to be had. 

The geologist, engaged on a two-year study of tunnels from the Inland Empire to the Beach Cities, is more concerned about disposal of the 20 million cubic yards of acid-drainage-producing waste the tunnels will create than in the economy.   He asked me:  How would a miner get rid of that volume of tailings in California?

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