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The new book Nature, Choice and Social Power by Erica Schoenberger of John Hopkins University is available from amazon.com.   I got an e-copy and have read the first few chapters that deal with mining.  She writes well, so it is easy and pleasant to read.  She is not polemic, but sets out the stories and facts in an even-handed way.  If you are interested in the relationship between history, social needs, power, and mining, you will enjoy those parts of the book on mining. (more…)

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I have always been fascinated by the role mining played in the glory that was Athens and hence the whole western world we enjoy.  I only wish somebody would write an intense history of Athens focussed on the mining and the role it played in the rise and fall of Athens.Sadly, most commenters end back up saying mine responsibly.   Vague and hard to do. (more…)

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The PowerPoints of presentations from the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference in Keystone are now available.  At least the PowerPoints of those authors who gave permission.  See this link.

They are all interesting, so choose those that interest you.

I recommend the presentation by Steve Vick who is one of the reviewers of the failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility.  He assures me that he compiled the presentation before the failure and there is no connection between what he says in his presentation and what he might say in the panel findings.

The presentation by Franco Oboni touches on the same topics as Vick’s but takes a different approach.

I particularly like the presentation by Craig Benson on the hydrologic performance of final covers.  He concludes that we can and have constructed covers to last for at least 1,000 years.

I am sure there is much to say about these presentations and indeed the other presentations, so please comment.

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Somebody emailed me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a book about mining in the Amazon.  I begged off the offer to read the e-version.  So instead they sent me a hardcopy of Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith.  Intrigued I read it–fast. You know it not seriously about mining when the front cover illustration is of a beautiful young woman kissing a good-looking young man.  Kind of like those covers you  see on books in the section of the store stocking soft cover porn for lady readers.  OK, the blurb on the front cover says: (more…)

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It is all too easy to be beguiled by the propaganda of mining protestors. Maybe they are correct when they protest mines & mining in their area. But now we have an example of a protest, not in the mining arena, that proves the fallacious motives & reasoning of mining protestors. I refer to the recent protests against performance by the MET opera of the opera The Death of KlinghofferAt this link we have an intelligent analysis of the protests and the opera by that august magazine, the New Yorker.  You may care nothing for opera, and care less about a modern American opera by the foremost modern American opera composer, John Adams.  But I urge you to read this posting by the New Yorker and judge it as an example of mindless protest against a worthy undertaking. (more…)

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Had a chance today to look through the proceedings of the upcoming conference Heap Leach Solutions 2014 scheduled in Lima, Peru for November 10 through the 13th, 2014. The paper that caught my eye and caused me to stop and read it is titled Leach Pad Cost Benchmarking.  The authors are Mark E. Smith and Denys Parra of Anddes Asociados SAC, Peru.  Two famous folk in the field of heap leach pads.  You will have to wait for the proceedings to be published to get a copy, but for now let me quote from the paper. Here is the paper abstract: (more…)

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Today I received the followings announcement by email.  I cannot find the original on the website of the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).  Maybe they have not gotten down to posting it yet.  The announcement, in short, is that MEM has awarded Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) a $1.5 million to help MEM evaluate the cause of the Mt Polley failure–more specifically to provide advice in conducting the “forensic investigation” into the breach. (more…)

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