Here is a comment posted on a recent blog item:
I went to the site recommended and downloaded the Executive Summary, the section on Geochemistry, and the section on Closure. Fascinating writings, particularly coming post-Mt Polley. I hope some readers of this blog take a look at the report and comment. For this is a public posting of design documents–worthy of repetition. Now it remains to be seen if such public posting leads to public reading and comment. For that, afterall, is the purpose of such public posting of designs for new mines and their tailings facilities.
I note that the closure cost estimate is some $16 M. Presumably that is the basis of the bond being posted? Comments on its sufficiency would be of interest. As would comments on the way they plan to deal with acid generating tailings. As would comments on the above comment/question as to whether this is a more conservative design than Mt Polley.
I have not read in sufficient detail to comment with insight. And maybe no other BC engineer has any more time or inclination than I have to comment. That is a pity, but inevitable. Is this a pointed reminder that in addition to such public postings, maybe we should have public posting of the comments by an Independent Tailings Review Board as Morgenstern recommends in the Mt Polley report? Again your perspective would be welcome.
If you find the materials at the listed site formidable, rather go to the company’s website at this link. It seems not to have been updated since 2013. So the BC regulators are faster and more up-to-date in their posting.
In the current mining downturn, these numbers are impressive:
No wonder the BC government is doing all it can to get the word out about the project.
Posts Tagged ‘mine’
Inlaid wood floor of the library of the Canadian Houses of Parliament
Continuing the postings on the new CostMine 2014 Survey Results- Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits, here are some mine salaries. First the range and then the average in thousands of Canadian dollars per hour. (more…)
The hall of the parliament building in Ottawa
It does make a difference to your wages if you work on a Canadian metal or diamond or fossil fuel mine. Here are some numbers to highlight the differences. I quote from the new CostMine 2014 Survey Results- Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. Here are some average wages by mined commodity in Canadian dollars per hour. The first number is for metal mines; the second for diamond mines; and the third for fossil fuel mines. (more…)
Mike Jacobs of Goldcorp presented the keynote address today at Paste 2014 in Vancouver. His topic: Where mining meets the public–and why water is so important? He told us that Goldcorp annually publishes the statistics of the use of water at all its mines. Commendable. Then he told us of the First Nations prayer ceremonies at the opening and closing of water seasons at their mines. Incredible. (more…)