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. Continue Reading »
Today I spent reviewing abstracts for the conference Geosynthetic Solutions in Mining 2014. We have received about thirty superb abstracts. Only two missed the mark—mine planning and waste management, but no consideration of geosynthetics therein. We have asked the authors to rework their abstracts for their topics promise fascinating insight. Continue Reading »
On a cold winter’s night I watched Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino. Verdi was agnostic, yet this opera is suffused with Christian themes. Continue Reading »
A simple cover of rock is what we constructed at the 24 UMTRA piles. Over the radioactive wastes and radon barrier was a layer of rock. Many thought this ugly. Personally I think a pile of rock standing proud in the landscape is beautiful: not natural, but so robust and textured that it impresses the mind and eye.
Rock was used to control, nay eliminate erosion, for 1,000 years and more. The rock was placed to resist the forces of erosion by waters rushing down the cover. The rock type was selected to resist decay for as long a period as we had courage to predict. Continue Reading »
It is snowing in Vancouver. Nothing sticking to the roads, but the trees are white and beautiful. Nothing much to do outside or inside for that matter, so just a few thoughts on mine waste disposal facility covers.
Slimes & Cement
The best cover is no cover. If you can use the upper tailings or waste rock as the as the growth medium in which a stand of climax vegetation will flourish, you have the best cover. Continue Reading »