There are so many obvious comments on this story, that I refrain from comment. The story tells its own story and carries it own implications loud enough. I refer to the story at many links. This one says: “Los Palambres was also hit this week by a court ruling that it should demolish a mine tailings dam which protesters say is affecting water availability.” Another report says: “As a consequence Los Pelambres must destroy part, or all, of the tailings dam wall.” A more complete picture emerges from this report: (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Chile’
Many, many years ago I was in Sitka for a conference on Marine Tailings Disposal. The proceedings were published in a book edited by D.V. Ellis. You can get a copy from amazon.com for $4.00. My copy is in the attic of the house in Huntington Beach. Bet none of the kids will ever read the paper therein that I wrote with John Welsh. Recently one of the many who communicate with me via private email sent me a remarkable document. It is the DSTP Initiative: 2014 Knowledge Workshop Report dated May 2014. Keep in mind DSTP stands for Deep Sea Tailings Placement. (more…)
Posted in blogs, brandy, Colorado, consulting, Latin America, mining, North America, Oil sands, People, Peru, Tailings, tagged banff, Chile, Ekati, multotec. peru, Tailings and Mine Waste, tema isenmann, wedding on October 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Just home from a four-week journey that took me to Peru, Chile, Keystone CO, Banff, and Ekati NWT. It is good to be back in the house where you can throw off the formalities of travel, eat simple food, and get drunk in private. They say that Peruvian food is the best in the world. Indeed it is if you are in a fancy, expensive place in Lima. But go to a mine and eat what the miners eat, and it is terrible beyond belief. Rice & beans and other unrecognizable substances of gooey texture. I lost weight. Maybe it was the altitude = 14,500 ft. You walk slow and breathe deep in those conditions. (more…)
Posted in consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Human relations and mining, Latin America, Reclamation, tagged Anglo American, Chile, guidance, mine closure, promises & lies, toolbox on May 16, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Today we completed a successful three-day EduMine webcast on mine closure. Folk from Germany, Finland, Mauritania, South Africa, Australia, Guatemala, the USA, and Canada “attended.” We are flattered and thankful to them and applaud their interest in a critical topic and facet of mining. If you missed the webcast, contact EduMine and ask them to repeat it. (more…)
Posted in About the news, consulting, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Jobs and Salaries, Latin America, mining, Peru, tagged argentina, Barrick, Chile, pascua lama, Peru on May 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
The news report today that caught my attention is this. Politicians say such strange things!
Argentina’s mining minister, Jorge Mayoral, surprised quite a few of the 300 executives present an annual luncheon last week, by calling its neighbouring Chile and Peru mining models “a failure.”
According to Mining Press (in Spanish), the official was especially critical of the other two countries openness to foreign investors. Mayoral said Argentina did not want mining in a Chilean or Peruvian way:
“We want mining our way, which means we want to favour domestic suppliers, local management, make sure jobs are taken by technical and professionals coming out of our universities, that respect for the environment is a priority, and most importantly, that all this is done in a safe matter,” he was quoted as saying.
Ironically, the minister also called on his Chilean peer, Aurora Williams, to expedite a decision on Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project, which has been halted since last year, after a number of defeats in local courts about water use and the impact on glaciers in the area. While later Barrick stopped construction of the $8.5 billion project as part of its debt-reduction and cost-cutting program, it is still facing major fines and a class action lawsuit because of it.
A report released by the government in March shows Argentina’s mining sector is expected to attract about $4 billion this year, with US and Indian companies reportedly interested in developing the nation’s copper and lithium.
Risk assessments for mine closure are not common. Yet I believe this is changing. Some evidence is this new document from Chile: Guia Metodologia de Evaluacion de Riesgos Para el Cierra de Faenas Mineras. Here is the link to the website where you can download a copy of the document just in case the link to the document itself as provided in the title does not work. (more…)
This posting is prompted by things I have seen, heard, and thought on trips to remote mines in the Canadian Northwest Territories, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile. Nothing I write is specific to only one mine or generally applicable to all mines. Each has it own characteristics and issues. But they are remarkable similar, so let me lump them in one posting. (more…)