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The Canadian national newspaper, The Globe and Mail is delivered to the office foyer each morning.  The first to get to the offices picks it up and dumps it on the small table in the kitchen where we make coffee and tea in the gallons needed to remain alert through an average day’s work. (more…)

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A 5.7 earthquake has just rattled the building here in Santiago where I sit.  This link tells us the magnitude, location, and depth—a real deep 95km. (more…)

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One day there will be a big earthquake: in your city; at your mine; or some place on the ring of fire where there are many mines, any one of which you could be visiting.  As a matter of common prudence you should be prepared.  Here are two recent postings in the InfoMine Library that may help you prepare: (more…)

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This morning’s e-mails brought this announcement from MiningWatch.  We congratulate Jennifer Moore who has been hired by MiningWatch to deal with the Marlin Mine in Guatemala.

It is with great excitement that we announce that Jennifer Moore has been hired on as our new Latin America Program Coordinator. Jennifer’s excellent skills and extensive experience as a writer, researcher, organizer, and project coordinator will be assets to MiningWatch and to our allies and partners. She has been based in Ecuador for most of the last four years, but Jennifer also has significant experience in the rest of the hemisphere, including the Canadian context where much of our direct advocacy and education efforts are focused. (more…)

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At this link is the Executive Summary of the Human Rights Assessment of Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine.  The full report does not yet appear to be available; although there is a promise it will be when the Spanish translation is available.  (more…)

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   There is great danger in the power of one individual to exercise his will.  We can all point to disastrous mine failures where one individual exerted so much negative power that things were done wrong, an accident occurred, and people died.  (more…)

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   The Chilean 8.8, three-minute long earthquake disrupts Chile’s copper supplies and this may lead to an increase in the price of copper.  A report states:  (more…)

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A new 54-page report is out that concludes that the Crandal Canyon tragedy was caused by mine-induced seismicity not earthquake-induced seismicity.  The paper is dry and very technical.  At the Wired Blog Network is a lively review of the report and a link to the full report if you seek it.

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Yesterday was Queen Victoria day in Canada.  Let me belatedly celebrate the old lady by ruminating on the glories of empire, resource development in the colonies, and the benefits that accrue to the politicians, businessmen, and priests of the ruling class. 

Queen Victoria's New Dress 

On Sunday I rode along the dikes of the Fraser River past wealth unimaginable, and folly unassailable.  On the one side is the sluggish river dotted by an occasional tug or barge transporting goods to Westminster.  On the other side are large new houses–hundreds of them going on and on and getting bigger and more opulent as you wind down-river. 

                                                        ABC_Queen Victoria 26th February-14+

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Not much is happening at the PDAC to judge from their “Blog.”  Yesterday’s profound entry is two sentences long.  The first reads: “Chilean Minister for Mining, Santiago Gonzalaz, hosted a Mines and Wines event to launch their country’s first ever attendance to the Convention.”   Why would you bother with the second sentence?  In fact why bother with a blog at all if this is the profundity of postings?

Meanwhile a much more interesting report comes from Germany.  Who could resist a posting with a headline “Earthquake shakes up German coal mining.”   Seems mining-induced seismicity caused pensioner Erika Ihiebert’s chimney to fall down. 

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