MineWeb reports that workers have left the copper mine in Afghanistan being developed by the Chinese because of fears of Taliban attacks. It appears that the Taliban has target the mine, stating that they do not believe the people will benefit from the mine and that profits will be siphoned off by the Afgan elite and the Chinese. (more…)
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Being a Sunday I took long walks through the city. Here are some pictures of things that caught my attention.
A typical street scene with public clock and advert.
The copper man–indeed a live human all dolled up in copper.
The spires of the cathederal in the main square.
This is the statue of Pedro de Valdivia. I think he was the fellow who founded the city.
The Huffington Post was sold this week for millions. For years I have dipped into it occasionally for a balance on the news. I even fought the folk here at InfoMine telling them the format is attractive and easy to use. At last this advice is getting implemented–but only partially. (more…)
This quote from prayerbeacon, a blog that appears to list things Christians should pray for regarding the upcoming election. The site lists statistics and associated “prayer points” by state. This is a short statistic about Arizona:
The state’s per capita income is $27,232, 39th in the U.S. Arizona had a median household income of $46,693 making it 27th in the country and just shy of the US national median. Early in its history, Arizona’s economy relied on the “Five C’s”: copper, cotton, cattle, citrus, and climate (tourism). At one point Arizona was the largest producer of cotton in the country. Copper is still extensively mined from many expansive open-pit and underground mines, accounting for two-thirds of the nation’s output. The state government is Arizona’s largest employer, while Wal-Mart is the state’s largest private employer, with 17,343 employees (2008).
There are no employment figures for either mining or beer distribution in Arizona. But it is an interesting statistic that Arizona produces two-thirds of the nations copper. How much is imported one wonders. (more…)
The issue is the same as always: Can a Vancouver company come in and mine a vast reserve of copper and nickel without affecting surface and groundwater.
The shenanigans are the same as always: miners say yes, opponents say no, and everybody is lobbying everybody else to subvert the process or advance it to their benefit.
In brief PolyMet, a Vancouver-based company wants to open a vast copper and nickel mine on land owned by the US Forest Service in Minnesota. And as always the issue of acid mine drainage, bonding, and perpetual water treatment raise their heads:
Metals in ore bodies like the vast Duluth Complex — which runs diagonally through the Arrowhead — form around sulfides that, when the ore is brought to the surface, can combine with air and water to form sulfuric acid, which is deadly to fish and other aquatic life.
Inmet’s Spanish Las Cruces copper mine reports “ground movement” at the “newly constructed storage site for dried residue.” The movement is also referred to as “ground instability.” Just what is happening at the site is impossible to tell from the reports. You would expect that a mining company faced with movement and/or instabilty of a waste disposal facility would be able to tell you what is going on. Or do they already have your share money and simply do not care at this point?