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This week a victory for potato farmers and a reminder that poorly devised mine plans can and should face tough criticism in the public domain.  As a native Ontarian, I can’t help but share some perspective and links on the matter. 

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Another day of webcasts on mining and yet another long argument over the future of mining.  We opined in the webcast that filter-pressed tailings is the only way to go with the future of tailings: if a mine cannot afford the costs, they should not begin, for they will not be able to end.  Unless they can afford an embankment dam of compacted, durable rock and closure to a site that becomes a place where the rich may recreate like at Cannon Mine that is now a riding stable for the rich. (more…)

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A wage is an hourly rate.  A salary is an annual amount.  Here is information about wages, in dollars per hour, for folk who work at what we think of as quarries & gravel pits.  (more…)

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    Funny how conference presentations are replete with references to sustainability.  The talkers all use the term.  Yet they all shrug in quiet embarrassment at using the term.  It is not hard to fathom why.  Everybody you talk to jokes about the concept.

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The rowdiest and most lively room this evening at the SME in Salt Lake City was the Student Mixer in the Hilton Hotel.  The future leaders of the mining industry gathered to drink–and the drink lines were long–and talk.  I wondered in as part of a small role CostMine had in supplying the students with cost data to solve the competition problem set them as sponsored by a long list of quarry operators and suppliers.  As best I can tell the fifteen competing mining schools were asked to plan the opening of a new quarry in California–and we all know what an mining-unfriendly state that is. 

The winning school was Virginia Tech and we celebrate for their success–they deserve all the good they can get.  Second was Reno and third South Dakota School of Mines.  I am told this is the first time they entered the competition and they did extra-ordinarily well. 

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