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POV in MSHA terminology stands for Pattern of VIolations.  Another new mining-related term for me.  I came across this terminology today in a email from MSHA noting in part: (more…)

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John Quaranta was probably the only person from the east of the USA and the coal tailings industry at this week’s Tailings & Mine Waste Conference.  A pity and a challenge to future conference organizers. (more…)

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If you have not yet sent in your comments to MSHA on how to make dams at metal and non-metal mines safer, time is running out.  This hit my e-mail last week: (more…)

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I have never copied and posted a large amount of test on this blog before.  Yet below I do.  I do this because the issue is fascinating and the information a trifle tedious to find.  (more…)

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  Once a year?  Or twice a year?  Sounds like the famous question “to be or not to be.” 

In some ways there is a parallel between the questions.  For both, depending on the answer, mean the difference between life and death.   Death in a duel.  Or death in a cold, coal mine.  Because you have too little practice in rescue operations.  Now a judge has spoken and MSHA acts.

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  The world looks different from different places.  I am in Huntington Beach, California where it is raining harder and longer than ever seen in Vancouver.  They are amazingly optimistic here.  The couple who entertained us last night have just completed a $200,000 renovation to the house they bought 20 years ago for about the same amount.  Being near the beach, the house is still worth a lot more than the renovation cost.  He is a consultant to the US mining industry and believes there is lots of work to be had. 

The geologist, engaged on a two-year study of tunnels from the Inland Empire to the Beach Cities, is more concerned about disposal of the 20 million cubic yards of acid-drainage-producing waste the tunnels will create than in the economy.   He asked me:  How would a miner get rid of that volume of tailings in California?

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Two tales of conflict in mining, one from long ago and far away and one from today’s news. The first is of biblical proportions, as the report tells:

An international team of archaeologists may have uncovered the copper mines owned and operated by the biblical King Solomon during a dig at Khirbat en-Nahas, an ancient mining and metallurgy district of more than 450 square miles in southern Jordan.

Mining involved conflict as indicated by this observation:

An ancient Egyptian scarab and amulet were also found in a layer of the excavation associated with a disruption in production at the end of the 10th century BCE. The event is thought to have been connected with a military campaign by the Egyptian Pharaoh “Shishak” that took place following the death of King Solomon.

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