Today we had day one of the EduMine webcast on Fundamentals of Mine Water Management. I am the sole presenter and this gives me an opportunity to put my personal stamp on the topic. The webcast participants, who come from as far away as Switzerland, Chile, Australia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, peppered me with questions. A great number of insightful and intelligent comments and questions. The one that stands out is the statement by a participant from a regulatory agency who noted that they demanded of a recent request for mining permits that the mine proponent submit, as part of the application package, a complete Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
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Posted in consulting, health and safety, Mining history, tagged bafokeng, edumine, failure modes, fmea, fundamentals of mine water management, permitting, risk assessment on October 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, consulting, Heap leach, People, tagged agru america, anddes asciado, edumine, geosynthetics, jim goddard, mining, renzo ayala, sam clark on September 26, 2013 | 1 Comment »
The conference on Heap Leach Facilities is upcoming in September. I have read all the papers as part of the review processes. Many are very good and opened my eyes to issues and solutions I had not hitherto stumbled on. If you work in the field of heap leach facilities, this is the conference for you. Maybe! This week a senior person from a large mining company told me that all discretionary travel is banned as they try to save money and pay dividends. Only the person who promoted the writing of the paper will be allowed to travel to the conference–the rest must stay at home. (more…)
A new EduMine course in Spanish is up. It is a translation of my English course on Tailings Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. I must thank Goldcorp who sponsered the translation. In Spanish this is Diseño, operación y cierre de tranques de relaves. You will find it at this link. Here, in Spanish, are the people for whom this course is written: (more…)
Paste 2013 is done. I am told there were 380 attendees and 28o were turned away as they sought to come too late when all was full. So a successful conference! The proceedings is some 700 pages long and my name is amongst the editors. Indeed I read all the papers, reviewed many, and gave advice on editing of many. I made mistakes: I allowed some in that should have been elsewhere: I canned some that should have been in. That is the fate & verdict of a reviewer and editor. (more…)
Today a jury in New Hampshire decided that Exxon Mobil should pay the state $236 million. The jury concluded that the oil company had caused MTBE contamination of groundwater at gas stations state-wide, and this amount was Exxon’s share of the cleanup costs. Obviously Exxon said they would appeal the jury verdict, even as their share price rose. This is noted in a full report on the verdict: (more…)