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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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During a Q&A session at the First International Oil Sands Tailings Conference currently underway in Edmonton, somebody asked Ed McRoberts of AMEC “Please comment on seepage and leakage from the tailings impoundments.”  This morning the Globe and Mail wrote about a report from Environmental Defence that states that leakage from the oil sands tailings impoundments is estmated to be about 11 million liters a day. 

Ed McRoberts answered most profeesionally that as a geotechnical engineer he controlled seepage from the impoundments so that the seepage does not affect the stability of the embankments and dikes impounding the tailings and entrained water. But he noted that he could not comment on leakage, as that is an issue for groundwater hydrologists.  So far, so good.

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Mining is the answer to Afghanistan’s political problems.  If you believe that, I also have a nice bridge for sale that will speed your morning commute.  I did not make up the idea that mining could save Afghanistan from itself and, more significantly, the Taliban and poppy growers.  In the first part of a restricted article at the Economist’s website I found this–the text that follows, not the photo which I copy from flickr :

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