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I have moved on from countries and companies. I have left (and re-entered) countries. I have left companies and joined the principals in other companies. I have, in a word, moved around. At 67, I spend no time cogitating on these past decisions.  With so long a history of making decisions and moving on, I have so much to regret that I would go crazy thinking what would have been had I not made those many decisions.  It is futile to regret a past decision that may have been the wrong decision. (more…)

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I learnt today that Geoff Blight has passed away.  I can pay tribute to him best by writing of those times I worked with him. He was a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.  He came in and took over when Professor Jennings died. I never had a lecture from him, so I leave it to others to record his lecture style and teaching abilities–both of which I was told were superb. (more…)

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Yesterday I went to the 35th year anniversary celebration of the founding in Vancouver of SRK.  It was a grand affair in a fancy hotel overlooking the harbor.  Andy Robertson and Jim Robertson (no relation) who were the two originals were both there.  (more…)

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Today I rode up the trail between the trees & ferns dappled by sun & blue sky.  After a long uphill climb with leg muscles screaming in pain, I came on the downhill section.  Changing gears, I sped up and sped faster and faster down.  Coming on a turn I have taken many times, something went wrong. (more…)

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There are many guidelines for groundwater modeling.  Up until now there has been nothing specific to mining.  Now that is changed.  At this link is a guidance document specific to groundwater modeling for mines.   (more…)

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I get angry and sick when I read the following: (more…)

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In the past, we have all done silly things at mines that constitute safety violations.  Here I record a drilling program I worked on in 1981 and 1982 at the then-proposed Greens Creek mine in Alaska.  I post with only minor edits what I found last weekend amongst some old papers in the attic. (more…)

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Rummaging around in old papers this past week, I came across the yellowing paper of a type-writer-typed paper from 1982.   I think I went to Edmonton to present the paper at the 4th Open Pit Operators Conference.    I vaguely recall a small city perched on the edge of a river—not at all like the city now that it has spread across vast swaths of open country that was once field and nature. (more…)

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Vail, Colorado was once a mining town.  Now it is a Disney horror of fake Alpine buildings clinging to an image that is rooted in conspicuous consumption.  To survive the off-season, all food prices are half-price. 

The conference on tailings and mine waste is just ended and we have left this ski resort, newly informed on the state-of-the-art and practice of tailings management in mines world-wide.  Here are some reflections on the state-of-things: (more…)

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