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Just published by CostMine is the 2014 Survey Results – Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  I will survey some of the data in this and future postings.  First a look at average Canadian Mine wages (In Canadian dollars): Continue Reading »

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The most confident fellow in the meeting was the specialist in permitting from Toronto. He was old, like me, and in total command of his subject. He reminded us: “California is both the most difficult and yet the easiest state in the Union in which to permit a mine. It is easy because the process is simple: fill in the boxes, check off the items of the checklist, and it is done. It is the most difficult because you need to have done the work to ensure the right answer to fill in the boxes. If you do not have a comprehensive, well-thought-out, and defensive plan, you cannot fill in the boxes, complete the checklist, and get the regulators to say OK.” Continue Reading »

Spent the past three days at California mines.  Two days at a real mine and today at Knotsberry Farm and their simulacrums of a mine.  They are to be commended for making mining fun in an amusement park.  Here are some photos.  Two of the real mine and three of the simulacrums.

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And finally one of ARD–you decide if it is the real thing or a fake in an amusement park.

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I am addicted to origami–the purest form of engineering.  Take a square piece of paper and turn it into a plane that flies.  That is the final challenge. Continue Reading »

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I have probable made this point before, but I make it again, as last week I came across a good example of what happens when the following advice is ignored.  All reports issues by a consultant should be peer reviewed before issue.  It is as simple as that. Continue Reading »

I am told that yesterday’s posting was hard to read.  So rather than write tonight, let me simply post some pictures I took from a public road of tailings facilities closed by the Peruvian regulators.  Not sure how long the gabion baskets will last.

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Mining in Peru

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Words cannot capture a day of intense impressions.  Yet let me try. Go east of Lima into the hills (as I did today) and see this:

  • Tailings clinging to the steep hills in defiance of gravity.
  • A mine closed by the government to perfection.  They know what they are doing!
  • Filter-pressed tailings transported fifty kilometers up 1000 m elevation to a new disposal site — economically?

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