Sustainable mine development, operation, closure, reclamation, and long-term maintenance are ideals. But the concept of sustainability is vague; the word and its meaning have been used, miss-used, and abused by countless advocates of a simple concept. To address this confusion as it relates to sustainable mining, we have compiled an E-Book Sustainable Mine Development: Stories & Perspectives and we have made this freely available in the InfoMine publications database.

The book starts with the premise that can you develop and run a mine in such a way that when the ore is worked out, there is a way to put the land back together so that the people who worked on the mine, and who come to the area thereafter, can continue to lead a decent life.

We ask and answer the question: Can the mined-out area sustain continued use once the mine is closed and the area reclaimed? We do this by telling stories of mines that have succeeded and mines that have failed. We tell stories of mines where sustainability happened by serendipity and mines where sustainability happened by dint of hard work. And we tell stories of mines where ineptitude, greed, and callousness have squashed any hope of sustaining a good life, and the area is now no more than a national sacrifice zone.

You may like some of our stories. You will be made angry by some of our stories. But regardless of you visceral response, we hope you will be convinced that mines are central to human progress and that mines can, done properly, be an integral part of a long-lasting decent environment and life-style.

I wrote the E-Book by collating many of my short articles and postings. You may have read some of them. I bring them together in this E-Book for ease of reference and to make it possible for those who have not had the chance to access them all to do so. It is but an E-Book, and we can (and hopefully will) update it and improve it, so if you disagree with me, or want to add your story, let me know and I will act.