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The EPA’s decision about the prudence of developing the Pebble Mine or any other mine in the area of Bristol Bay is in–see this link. This blog (I/me) has been a consistent critic of the idea of developing the Pebble Mine.  In short, I cannot see how a mine could be developed in such an environment without unacceptable impact. (more…)

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Here are two email that I received this earlier this week.  I repeat almost as received, editing out only a few names and dates that are not germane to the story. (more…)

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A reader of this blog sent me this link.  It is a 2011 report on the economic benefits of the Fort Knox mine in Alaska.  Although the report is from 2011, it still presents some statistics worthy of note.  Here are some: (more…)

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United States miners all should be paying close attention to a bill passed this week by Congress. I refer to Bill HR 4402. It is now up to the Senate and President to decide its fate. A Democrat-controlled Senate may sit on it and do nothing—that is unacceptable. The White House has stated that is opposes the bill; but has not threatened a veto. How could it? (more…)

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The draft report by the EPA on potential mining impacts on Bristol Bay by the Pebble Mine or any of the other seven potential mines in that part of Alaska is published.  Here is a link to one report thereon—there are hundreds of news items, so maybe look for others as well if the topic interests you. (more…)

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Before coming to Santiago, I had thought of Chile as a place of copper mines.  Today I learnt that gold was and is a major mined product of Chile.  Today I lunched with two young geologists exploring the hillsides above an old placer deposit which, they tell me, financed the founding of Santiago and ultimately the country itself. (more…)

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After a conference earlier this year in Juneau, Alaska, I bought into the belief that rare earth metals were in short supply, that Alaska could provide them, and that failure to mine such metals in the US would negatively affect the US economy.  I even blogged to that effect. (more…)

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The news this week has been mainly bad: more crashing stock markets, more idiotic statements from Republican hopefuls, more countries seizing the mines of the country.   The saddest part is that the only idea Republican hopefuls have about resuscitating mining in the US is to abolish the EPA and treat companies like individuals.  (more…)

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A direct flight from Vancouver to Anchorage.  Then a direct flight over 1,000 miles to Nome.  A short drive up through misty green country with views of bison beneath the still windmills and hence to a mine that is not in production.  A sad and sorry sight.  (more…)

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Good blogs about mining are rare.  Along Fools Gold Road is a blog about mining that I have just come across.  Here is an extract from one of the postings that helps us understand and appreciate the fascination we all have for gold: (more…)

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