The series of conferences on Tailings and Mine Waste started out at Colorado State University in 1978. For many years there was an annual conference and the important attended. For many years no conference has been held.

But now a new generation of stalwarts has gathered and plan to put on the conference again in Vail, Colorado in October 18-23, 2008. That is not very far off, and they are now calling for papers. Any paper on any relevant topic will be welcome. They ask for one-page abstracts by April 18, 2008.

To be entirely honest, (full-disclosure time,) the company I work for part-time, InfoMine, is a sponsor and my old and current boss Andy Robertson is on the organizing committee. He has even told me to do all the leg work to keep the companies involved happy. Thus perforce, I will write about this conference more than others. I work on the basis that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and on the basis that you can read the official pronouncements any time. It is not my style to replicate those.

So that I can retain a semblance of impartiality, I refer you to EventsMine, where the keyword tailings brings up eight conference devoted to tailings in 2008. Three are in Australia: one is the 3rd Annual Conference on the topic; one is on coal tailings; and one is devoted to Decision Makers—now that is intriguing if a trifle exclusive.

So it really boils down to a simple choice. If, like me, you have absolutely no desire to go to Australia (one of the advantages of getting old) and if, like me, you love the Rockies, then there is no issue: time to play politics to get to go to Vail. And you deserve to go if your job and interest involves that most fascinating of mining-topics, namely tailings. There is sure to be plenty to entertain and pass the time pleasantly. And at the end there will be a set of proceedings that someday, somebody will reference to win a class action law suite.