Seldom does reading the news lift my spirits and make me feel warm inside. A happy exception is this announcement [edited and shortened by me]:

“The Marigold mine in Nevada has become the first gold mining operation in the world to be fully certified under the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold (The Cyanide Code.)”.

Normally I ignore the pontification from company executives in such press releases, but deep inside I could not but applaud this statement:

“The certification of Marigold is the latest validation of Goldcorp’s ongoing commitment to operating all of its mines to the highest possible standards…we are very proud of the operating team that led Marigold to be the world’s first gold mine certified as fully compliant with the Cyanide Code.”

I savor using this success at those dinner parties where everybody attacks the mining industry—I will use it as an example of how you can simultaneously make money and be socially responsible. I will use it as an example of how Liberals bewail but do not enhance, and how Conservatives despair but do not act—until pressured to compassion. And I will use it as an example of how the miner makes a plan, and thereby a profit.

I am told that Golder Associates has ten folk trained to carry out Cyanide Code certification inspections. I trust they will be very busy. I trust they will be behind more announcements like this one that brightened my day. Least you think I get too upbeat, join with me in visiting EduMine and reading one or more of those courses on Cyanide they have just posted. Now that quickly enough brings you back to earth as you drown in ennui and verbal excess. Seems easier to engage a Golder’s inspector than read through all that.