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I gave up allegiance to the Anglican church in South Africa when it was still white dominated.   I decided the priests were venial, greedy liars. This was long before Desmond Tutu became the head of the church.  I always admired, however, his leadership and devotion to the cause of justice. Today I heard on the radio that Tutu is about to visit Fort McMurray to protest the cause of local First Nations, global warming, the Keystone Pipeline and all the other “causes.” Damn me.  The old guy has lost his touch if not indeed his mind.  Or is he just being paid lots of money to sprout platitudes by those with ulterior motives?  I suspect both. (more…)

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Constructing covers over mining wastes at sites in cold climates involves consideration of these factors that are unique to cold climates: (more…)

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On the mines of South Africa, a long time ago, Easter was a special occasion.  It was the end of summer and the beginning of autumn; it was a long weekend when even the miners did not work; it was a family time;  and we went to Church to pray for lives lost and redeemed.  For through the year, there were always deaths and distress.  After Lent, this seemed an appropriate time to reminisce.  (more…)

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I think the business section of the paper is consistently the most interesting; there is always some article which catches your eye. Today’s point of interest has a mining basis which relates to one of the major Northwest Territories diamond mines, Diavik.  In short, Rio Tinto is looking to sell its stake in the mine in order to focus on “expanding into more scalable and profitable commodities such as iron ore, copper and uranium” as their investment in diamond mining amounts to less than 2% of total profits. (more…)

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For no good reasons that need detain us here, I recently had occassion to go back through old I THINK MINING blog postings.  I was surprised to see how much I had written on the topic of global warmining in 2007 and thereafter.  The surprise is how little things have changed in those years since I first took up the topic.  Rather than write something new on an old topic, I simply collate and present below an edit version of some four or five piece that I wrote on the topic in 2007 and 2008.  Enjoy and let us have your opinions about why things have not changed and if there is still a need for change. (more…)

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  In a small Japanese restaurant near the office, we discussed global warming’s impact on mining.  The Environmental VP of an auspicious mining company said that their mining company’s policy was to exhort each mine to come up with their own plans to deal with the issue.  Fat chance! (more…)

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  A short posting to start the week.  Here is a link to the most fascinating presentation at the Tailings and Mine Waste 2010.  It deals with reclamation planning in an area of Spain where mining continued for 2,500 years.  That is not a typo: I repeat two-thousand, five hundred years.  The presentation was given by Sebla Kabas of the Universidad Politechnica de Cartagena. (more…)

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