Posts Tagged ‘tailings failure’


Today we have read all we can find on the failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility.  It is all distressing.  And mostly misleading.  Here are a few clear thoughts on the topic. (more…)

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Risk resilience is a term that I heard for the first time today.  The people who used the term assure me that it is not new, just not recognized in mining for its power. There was a conference last year in South Africa on risk resilience in mining.  There is a successful consultant on the topic in Australia. (more…)

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There is no such thing as a typical mining investor.  That much was brought home to me today.  (more…)

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Mike Davies is the pre-eminent tailings engineer of present times.  He and his team in Vancouver can solve any tailings challenge your mine may face.  He and his team at AMEC are the best of the best.  They have not paid me to say this; I write, as always, on the basis of personal opinion & conviction. (more…)

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This morning a pleasant-voiced lady from CBC TV called me and asked my opinion about the recent failure of a tailings impoundment in Hungary and its impact on towns, villages, and the Marcal river.   I am not sure why she called me—maybe this blog and the opinions I express.  She asked simple, direct questions and we hung up.  A short while later, most breathlessly, she phoned again and asked if I would be prepared to be interviewed for a piece the CBC is running tonight on the topic.  I told her that I am old and ugly and thus not a good TV candidate.  She has the training, and she turned on the charm—who am I to resist the charms of a smart woman?  So I walked down a few blocks to the CBC and there they interviewed me.  (more…)

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