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The first official day of conference sessions at the Paste 2014 conference here in Vancouver.  Sean Wells, Director of Research for Suncor presented the opening keynote address. I cannot possibly here recount all he said.  All I can do is note a few points that he made that stuck with me.  In due course, his PowerPoint presentation will be available through InfoMine.  Get it and take deep thought over it, for his points are provocative, timely, and scary. He noted that the problems of oil sands tailings management are all about scale.  They oil sands produce so much tailings that the shear volumes and areas needed introduce problems not encountered in conventional tailings management.  I have heard it said that the two oil sands mines, Suncor and Syncrude, produce more tailings per day than the combined total of all the other mines worldwide.  His point is made. (more…)

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I have some “I am sorries” to say.   I do this publically here as it gives me the opportunity to convey interesting information that may interest you. This is a story of the perils of blogging: no deep research before penning a posting.  And the dangers of just writing too much, too fast, for too many friends who lean on me to produce text for their websites. (more…)

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I have been much involved in the planning, marketing, and selling of the InfoMine conference Geosynthetic Mining Solutions 2014 to be held in Vancouver from the 8th to the 11th September 2014. (more…)

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Mining involves the design, construction, operation, and closure of many geotechnical structures, including: access roads, structural building pads & foundations, ponds, tailings facilities, heap leach pads, and waste rock dumps. (more…)

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Clap! The sound a big volume of mining proceedings made when it landed on my desk this morning. Dropped from on high, this volume is the collection of technical papers from an International Symposium on closure of uranium mines at Wismut in Germany. If you haven’t heard of Wismut, then I suggest you get a quick bit of background information from a previous posting on ithinkmining . I have trawled the internet in search of an electronic copy of the preceedings but I can’t seem to come up with any. If anyone has a link, let me know and I’ll repost it. (more…)

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Most mines have a place where the miners eat.  Let us celebrate the cooks at these places by telling of the many fine meals we have enjoyed in these mining canteens. In celebrating cooks at mining canteens, I also seek to describe a job in mining that most do not write about.  If you like cooking, then maybe a job at a mine canteen is for you. (more…)

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Yesterday we walked in the forest behind the town house.  The sun shone through the trees and the boys ran with glee along the bright paths.  Their father stayed on the  dock vainly fishing.  The picture shows some of the fun. (more…)

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    For years we have watched as the bulldozers and backhoes laboured to fill in and shape the topography. Today they are done and the landscape is rolling and green, with small creeks meandering amongst boulder clusters and bird-nesting sites.  Pond 1 at the Suncor oil sands mine is officially reclaimed and the Alberta Premier today attended the official opening ceremony. He said it make him proud to be an Albertan to see what has been achieved. (more…)

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   It has been a good weekend, although some mining issues have caused me concern—not enough to induce worry, but enough to merit record in this posting.  Thus let us go through the main events of the weekend and follow the concerns that arise in the course of weekend pleasure.

On Saturday night, we went to see the Marriage of Figaro, put on by the Vancouver Opera.   I once again commend Goldcorp for being a corporate sponsor of the opera in Vancouver.  This is admirable and impressive.  (more…)

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At midweek let us pause to decide if you should buy, hold, or sell your mining stock.  This enquiry is brought on by news that Suncor is “preparing for $40 crude…getting ready for the worst.”  The issues is should you prepare for the worst and how should you prepare? (more…)

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