Archive for the ‘Human relations and mining’ Category
Posted in consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Human relations and mining, Latin America, Reclamation, tagged Anglo American, Chile, guidance, mine closure, promises & lies, toolbox on May 16, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Today we completed a successful three-day EduMine webcast on mine closure. Folk from Germany, Finland, Mauritania, South Africa, Australia, Guatemala, the USA, and Canada “attended.” We are flattered and thankful to them and applaud their interest in a critical topic and facet of mining. If you missed the webcast, contact EduMine and ask them to repeat it. (more…)
Today my attention was directed to the new Guide For Mine Closure Planning. The guide is prepared by IBRAM which is short for Instituto Brasilero de Mineracao, or in English the Brazilian Mining Association. Well worth downloading and perusing if your interest lie in mine closure. The guide is focused around these seven guidelines: (more…)
Posted in About the news, consulting, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Jobs and Salaries, Latin America, mining, Peru, tagged argentina, Barrick, Chile, pascua lama, Peru on May 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
The news report today that caught my attention is this. Politicians say such strange things!
Argentina’s mining minister, Jorge Mayoral, surprised quite a few of the 300 executives present an annual luncheon last week, by calling its neighbouring Chile and Peru mining models “a failure.”
According to Mining Press (in Spanish), the official was especially critical of the other two countries openness to foreign investors. Mayoral said Argentina did not want mining in a Chilean or Peruvian way:
“We want mining our way, which means we want to favour domestic suppliers, local management, make sure jobs are taken by technical and professionals coming out of our universities, that respect for the environment is a priority, and most importantly, that all this is done in a safe matter,” he was quoted as saying.
Ironically, the minister also called on his Chilean peer, Aurora Williams, to expedite a decision on Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project, which has been halted since last year, after a number of defeats in local courts about water use and the impact on glaciers in the area. While later Barrick stopped construction of the $8.5 billion project as part of its debt-reduction and cost-cutting program, it is still facing major fines and a class action lawsuit because of it.
A report released by the government in March shows Argentina’s mining sector is expected to attract about $4 billion this year, with US and Indian companies reportedly interested in developing the nation’s copper and lithium.
Posted in About the news, brandy, British Columbia, consulting, decomissioning, environmental, Human relations and mining, mining, Tailings, Waste Rock, tagged infome. edumine, mine closure, pascua lama, weed on April 26, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Next week in Brazil is the first InfoMine conference on Mine Closure. About ninety folk will gather to discuss mine closure in Brazil and South America. I have read the papers: not a lot of fascination to the rest of us. Mostly about the theory and postulated future of mine closure laws & regulations in countries that currently have none. The middle of May, I present an EduMine webcast on Mine Closure. In the webcast I will review the best few papers from the Brazil conference. I will also present current case histories of mine closure that I am working on. And I will go through the theory and practice and issues of mine closure in general. Come join me. (more…)
Posted in About the news, California, environmental, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, mining, Mining history, People, tagged graphite mining, henry petroski, honda, pencil, prius, tesla on March 11, 2014 | 2 Comments »
In his book The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, Henry Petroski tells at length of early graphite mining and its impact on the development of the pencil. From what I recall, for many years there was but one deposit in England that produce graphite of the right quality to produce workable pencils. As one reviewer of the book writes: (more…)
Posted in drilling, Geotechnical, Heap leach, Human relations and mining, Jobs and Salaries, People, tagged education, Northwest Community College, school of exploration and mining on January 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Decision making is taught as the process of gathering data; identifying alternatives, establishing evaluation criteria, comparing alternatives, and hence choosing the optimum solution or course of action. In practice, it seldom works like this. Some of the ways decisions are actually made include the following. (more…)