Here is a comment posted on a recent blog item:
I went to the site recommended and downloaded the Executive Summary, the section on Geochemistry, and the section on Closure. Fascinating writings, particularly coming post-Mt Polley. I hope some readers of this blog take a look at the report and comment. For this is a public posting of design documents–worthy of repetition. Now it remains to be seen if such public posting leads to public reading and comment. For that, afterall, is the purpose of such public posting of designs for new mines and their tailings facilities.
I note that the closure cost estimate is some $16 M. Presumably that is the basis of the bond being posted? Comments on its sufficiency would be of interest. As would comments on the way they plan to deal with acid generating tailings. As would comments on the above comment/question as to whether this is a more conservative design than Mt Polley.
I have not read in sufficient detail to comment with insight. And maybe no other BC engineer has any more time or inclination than I have to comment. That is a pity, but inevitable. Is this a pointed reminder that in addition to such public postings, maybe we should have public posting of the comments by an Independent Tailings Review Board as Morgenstern recommends in the Mt Polley report? Again your perspective would be welcome.
If you find the materials at the listed site formidable, rather go to the company’s website at this link. It seems not to have been updated since 2013. So the BC regulators are faster and more up-to-date in their posting.
In the current mining downturn, these numbers are impressive:
No wonder the BC government is doing all it can to get the word out about the project.
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Posted in About the news, Coal, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Jobs and Salaries, North America, tagged BC, chinese coal miners, court case, federal government, union on November 17, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Thus far I have refrained from commenting on the fact that Chinese miners are here and more are coming to mine coal in a British Columbia coal mine. It is the sort of topic crafted to get one into trouble whatever you write. But maybe the time is now right—considering a report that a Federal Court has agreed to decide if two British Columbia unions have standing to seek an injunction that would stop more Chinese coal miners coming to work at Tumbler Ridge. (more…)
An earlier piece on racialism in mining (see two postings down) has elicited one fine comment, and a great deal of discussion around the office. The only discussion I will partially record was at lunch with a young fellow who heads a failing junior-mining company. He is a miner and a Canadian and I respect his opinions and stories. Particularly the one I note below on racialism in negotiations to open mines.
War, water, and BC mining. To fight on the fields of Mars or in the Courts of public opinion and lawyers
Posted in About the news, Copper, First Nations, Gold, Jobs and Salaries, Law (Mining), tagged BC, First Nation, fish, God, Kemess, mining, Northgate, war, Xeni Gwet'in on January 8, 2009 | 2 Comments »
For two very different views of mining in British Columbia, see these links:
The first tells of the proposed Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake. The open-pit, copper-gold operation would generate $5 billion in “economic activity” over a projected 20-year life. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation opposes the mine because getting water for the mine would involve destruction of Fish Lake described as “a pristine fishing hole under the shadow of Anvil Mountain, the lake is home to a unique subspecies of rainbow trout.”