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The Safe and Effective Use of Cyanide in the Mining Industry
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The purpose of this briefing by the SME is to provide a general overview about the use of cyanide and its application to recover gold from ore. read more »
Cleanup of tailings pond spill will take years: expert
Friday, August 08, 2014
A couple of years is how long one expert thinks it will take to clean up the mess from the tailings pond that burst open near Likley. read more »
Mining Association of BC is Monitoring The Mount Polley Tailings Dam Incident
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) is following very closely the events related to the Mount Polley incident. The breach of the tailings dam at Mount Polley mine is a serious concern and MABC is thankful that there have been no reports of loss of life or injury. read more »
Amazing aerial footage of the Mount Polley tailings dam failure
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
GlobalBCTV reporters filmed stunning shots of destruction caused by the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach. Also videos from the Cariboo Regional District and a local resident. read more »
Metal-munching plants: a new frontier for green mining?
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Scientists have long studied plants that can absorb and store metals,such as nickel and gold, in large amounts without being poisoned. The most obvious application for these plant species is removing metal contaminants from the ground, but could they also usher in a new frontier of environmentally friendly mining? read more »
Tailings pond breach at Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine
Monday, August 04, 2014
A night time breach at Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine tailings pond has resulted in a large debris field and water ban in the British Columbia interior affecting 300 residents. read more »
UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste
Monday, July 21, 2014
It has been a long road for UBC researcher Craig Nichol to help devise a green solution to mitigate landscape contamination from mine tailings. A joint research paper on the subject, which for various reasons took more than a decade to complete, has won top national honours. read more »
GE and Suncor Energy announce new investments toward improving environmental performance in Alberta's oil sands
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
GE and Suncor Energy announced today the signing of two agreements which provide the opportunity for an investment of up to approximately $18 million. These agreements, involving other members from Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), are expected to enable the development of new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage in the oil sands. read more »
Aussie scientists develop cost-effective way to treat mining wastewater
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A new cost-effective technology to treat mining wastewater and reduce sludge by up to 90% has been used for the first time at a copper mine in Queensland. read more »
Centerra digesting law prohibiting activities which affect glaciers
Friday, April 25, 2014
Centerra Gold says it is still unclear how a law prohibiting activities which affect glaciers will affect its operations. read more »
Genomic tools offer vision of a cleaner mining industry
Friday, April 25, 2014
Bacteria may be small, but they do heavy lifting in remediation and extraction. A few key microbes are on the verge of becoming key players in B.C.’s mining industry. read more »
BHP wants to build world’s largest underground coal mine
Wednesday, April 08, 2014
BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP), the world's largest diversified resources company, is getting its ducks in a row to build Caroona, a thermal coal mine that could become the world’s biggest underground operation of its kind, The Australian reports. read more »
Rio Tinto walks away from massive Pebble copper-gold project
Monday, April 07, 2014
Global miner Rio Tinto (LON, ASX:RIO) said on Monday it is pulling out of the polemic Pebble Mine copper and gold project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, by giving away its 19.1% percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX:NDM), the owner of the huge deposit. read more »
Sugarloaf mine subsidence areas may be off limits for a decade
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A section of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area in New South Wales, Australia is expected to be closed to the public for more than a decade as authorities struggle to deal with threats to safety posed by mine subsidence damage.  read more »
Oil sands air emissions linked to serious health problems
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Just when the Canadian oil sands have passed with flying colours a test that showed no links between the industry and an increased cancer rate in adjacent aboriginal communities, a new study warns odours from these operations do cause health problems. read more »
Rio Tinto demands carbon capture progress, but doesn’t want to pay for it
Friday, March 21, 2014
Rio Tinto’s energy division chief, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, said Friday the current climate change policy debate is idealistic and too focused on renewable energy and has urged governments to investment more in clean technologies, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). read more »
CIA Cover Story Gives Birth to Deep Ocean Mining
Monday, March 10, 2014
The entire ocean mining industry that promises investors untold riches had its birth in a CIA covert operation at the height of the Cold War. read more »
Oilsands study confirms tailings found in groundwater, river
Thursday, February 20, 2014
New federal research confirms that Alberta’s oilsands are polluting ground water and seeping into the Athabasca River. The industry has maintained that toxic chemicals are contained safely in tailing ponds, but new research shows this isn’t the case. read more »
Duke Energy coal ash spill now subject to criminal probe
Monday, February 17, 2014
US federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash sludge spilled from a Duke Energy power plant into a North Carolina river, which supplies drinking water for nearby towns. read more »
Fast-fill refuelling slashes mines’enviro impact, fuel use
Friday, February 14, 2014
Installing Hydrau-Flo valves onto a fast-fill fuelling system for heavy-duty equipment across mining operations in South Africa can reduce the mine’s environmental impact, while ensuring substantial savings on diesel, says environmental management expert Procon. read more »
100 jewelers say 'no' to dirty gold for Valentine's Day
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, over 100 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers– including 8 of the top 10 in the US– have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules. read more »
GlencoreXstrata acquitted of water pollution charge
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
GlencoreXstrata has been found not guilty of failing to report a dirty water leak at its Bulga coal mine in 2011. The Environment Protection Authority says hundreds of litres of dirty water leaked from a faulty pipe at the mine on October 9, 2011. read more »
New Mexico maintains Copper Rule - environmentalists fear ground water pollution
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
A unanimous decision Jan. 8 by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to maintain the so-called Copper Rule will allow Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. to pollute ground water within a nine-square-mile area of the Tyrone Mine, according to Bruce Frederick, staff attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. read more »
Peace River Oilsands Hearing: Engineer Says Vapours From Site
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Hearings have begun in northwestern Alberta about odours blamed on oilsands operations that have driven families off their land. Residents of two tiny communities near Peace River are concerned over the way Baytex Energy has operated its oilsands extraction process in the area. read more »
Non-thermal oilsands tech touted as ‘game changer’
Monday, January 17, 2014
A new oilsands recovery technology envisions injecting cold water to mobilize whole sections of an underground formation so it can be pushed to a well and sucked up to the surface. read more »
Dr. Terry Mudder Inducted into International Mining Technology Hall of Fame
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Dr Terry I. Mudder will be inducted in the Environmental Management category. He has more than 30 years experience in the investigation of the chemistry, analysis, fate, aquatic toxicity, and disposal of mining and cyanide wastes. read more »
Government Review of the CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector
Friday, December 13, 2013
On December 12, 2013, the Ministry of International Trade of the Government of Canada announced the commencement of a five-year review of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the Extractive Sector, a strategy which was initially adopted in March 2009.  read more »
Old law blocking less toxic mining technology
Friday, December 13, 2013
Amending an outdated small-scale mining law is necessary to allow the government to use clean technology for this sector of the metals industry, experts and industry stakeholders said at a University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio forum recently. read more »
New technology promises to make gold processing safer
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The University of the Philippines Diliman (UP) has found a safer way to process gold. A team of experts has carried out a study aimed at making gold processing safer without the use of cyanide and mercury. read more »
Can copper mining be done safely? Yes: Technology and regulations ensure protection of environment
Monday, November 25, 2013
The days of dig first and fix the damage (and pay) later have been replaced with years of exhaustive environmental reviews, stringent regulations, and the ability to predict with great confidence how mining and processing facilities will affect the natural environment during mining and long after it ceases. read more »
Romania says no to Europe's largest gold project
Monday, November 11, 2013
After months of street protests across Romania against Canada's Gabriel Resources proposed gold mine at Rosia Montana, the parliamentary commission appointed to rework the project rejected it. read more »
North England old mines may hold key to cheaper energy
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Abandoned mines in the county of Cumbria, North West England, could be used to provide clean, cheap geothermal energy to nearby communities. read more »
Metso gets top marks in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Metso continues to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index – this year with the highest possible score of 100/100. The Climate Disclosure Leadership Index ranks companies listed on the Nordic stock exchanges whose reporting takes a professional approach to disclosing actions and achievements to help mitigate climate change. read more »
Clean Coal Desirable but Still Distant
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
COAL's declining appeal in the world's future energy mix was underlined last week by the World Bank. The bank said it would try to combat global warming by financing coal-fired power plants only in regions where the fossil fuel was the only option. read more »
Canadian Diamond Mine Gets Green Light
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A government and aboriginal review board has approved the Gahcho Kue proposed diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board concluded that the "project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental impacts" but has recommended government approval of the plans, subject to measures and follow-up programs. read more »
Mine Closure: Who Pays Giant Costs?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
An issue that's going around is whether existing mines should pay for the closure costs of old mines, or should the taxpayers pay for those costs. read more »
Is Deep Sea Mining Worth the Risk?
Friday, June 21, 2013
The team at 911 Metallurgist takes a look at mining the ocean floor in their newest infographic. read more »
Oil Sands Giants Granted More Time for Cleanup after Missing Targets
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Alberta’s energy industry has found that cleaning up oil sands tailings is much harder than it thought. Reclaiming mine tailings has been one of the industry’s major environmental challenges.  read more »
CSIRO Has Developed a New Treatment for Removing Contaminants from Mining Wastewaters
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In current processes, the mining industry generally adds lime to the wastewater to purify it. This complex practice could end soon, thanks to a new treatment solution that utilises hydrotalcites. Developed by CSIRO, the treatment overcomes the complexities of lime-based methods and offers a simpler and more water smart process. read more »
New Non-toxic Method for Mining Gold
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Northwestern University scientists have struck gold in the laboratory. They have discovered an inexpensive and environmentally benign method that uses simple cornstarch—instead of cyanide—to isolate gold from raw materials in a selective manner. read more »
New Non-toxic Method for Mining Gold
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Northwestern University scientists have struck gold in the laboratory. They have discovered an inexpensive and environmentally benign method that uses simple cornstarch - instead of cyanide - to isolate gold from raw materials in a selective manner. read more »
Alberta Company Prevents Environmental Fracking Disasters
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
An Alberta company has pioneered a new process that has major implications to making hydraulic fracking, safer, less environmentally intrusive, and more efficient. read more »
Giant Mine to Cost Many Billions to Cleanup and Lookafter for Thousands of Years
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The news wires are alive with reports of a billion dollar estimate for remediating the Giant Mine in Yellowknife, NWT. Here is an extract from one report read more »
Coal mines of British Columbia polluting river: U.S. report
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A new study conducted by experts at the University of Montana links B.C.’s Elk River Valley coal mining activities to toxic levels of selenium in waters streams. read more »
PQ Mulls Broad Consultation on Uranium Mining
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Yves-François Blanchet, Quebec’s environment minister, indicated Thursday that the Parti Québécois government wants to order a consultation on uranium mining in the province. read more »
Will Deep-sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?
Friday, February 01, 2013
A mile beneath the ocean's waves waits a buried cache beyond any treasure hunter's wildest dreams: gold, copper, zinc, and other valuable minerals. read more »
Oil Sands Miners Advance New Technologies for Tailings Management
Monday, January 21, 2013
Over several decades of oil sands mining, producers have tried a number of methods, such as cyclone separation, gypsum additives and flocculant treatments, to reduce the time it takes for suspended fine tailings particles to consolidate to a level that would allow reclamation of storage facilities to begin read more »
Stornoway Diamond Receives Award for Social Responsibility
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Canadian junior Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) announced Thursday it has received an award for the “high level of environmental and social responsibility” shown in the advancement of the Renard Diamond Project. read more »
Yanacocha Fined for Breaking Environmental Laws
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mining company Yanacocha has been fined PEN 466,287 (USD 179,000) for violating environmental laws at its gold and copper mining project Conga, located in Cajamarca, Peru. read more »
Experts Find Manure is ‘Best Cure’ for Mining
Friday, October 26, 2012
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research published Friday confirms what farmers seem to have known for hundreds of years: that manure helps restore soils, even those highly damaged post-mining landscapes. read more »
Local Perspective on the Tailings Failure at Philex Mining Corp.'s Padcal Mine
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A tailings pond in the Philippines at Philex Mining Corporation's Padcal gold mine was discovered to be leaking on August 1. Here's what some of the local news sources are saying about this latest tailings failure. read more »
Easwara Origins Corp - Returning Water to Its Original State
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Are you wondering if there is a sustainable way to separate oil from wastewater? Take a look at what Easwara Origins Corp. can do for you. Their proprietary nano-cyclonic process uses sustainable chemistries to separate the oil from produced water. read more »
British Columbia Tailings Failure at the HB Mine Near Salmo, British Columbia
Friday, July 06, 2012
There is a report of potential failure of a tailings dam at the former HB Mine property near Salmo, British Columbia, Canada. A report says some sloughing of the earthen dam was observed and there is ongoing seepage from sections of it.  read more »
The Clean Mining Alliance Spreads Good News
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Clean Mining Alliance, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a new international trade association dedicated to raising the profile of cleaner mining initiatives. read more »
N-Solv Patented Technology to Make Oil Sands "Green"
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
N-Solv™ Corporation claims they have created a new way of extracting bitumen from the oil sands that is more efficient, sustainable, and economical. read more »
Innovation in Mining: A New Book from PDAC and the Mining Assocation of Canada
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC. It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. read more »
Evaluating Mining Project EIAs
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide at this link has a publication all prospective miners and mine investors should read. The publication is free to download. I have, and recommend you do so too. The document is Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs. read more »
More on EIAs for Mines, New, Expanded, or Closing
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Integral to any new mine or expansion of a mine is the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). If you seek to significantly expand the mine’s tailings, waste rock, or heap leach facilities, you may have to prepare a new or supplemental EIA read more »
Heap Leach Acid Mists Conundrum from Zambia
Friday, February 17, 2012
Here is a conundrum for those interested in heap leach pad operation. It arises from a heap leach pad in Zambia. read more »
BCGS New Publications
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Use of Portable XRF in evaluation of Rare Earth Element-bearing Phosphate Deposits; A KML file to Display Producing Mines in British Columbia at Any Range or Point of Time in the Last 160 Years; Using Regionated KML Files to Display the Status of a Large Number of Mineral Occurrences in British Columbia; Using Regionated KML Files to Speed up the Display of a Large Number of Regional Geochemical Survey Sites in British Columbia read more »
Does Every State Need Its Own Grand Canyon and Its Own Uranium Mine?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The news is that the area around the Grand Canyon is off-limits to uranium mining for the next 20 years. Predictably there are and will be intense discussion and disagreement over this decision. read more »
Natural Acid Rock Drainage in Colorado
Friday, December 23, 2011
This report, Natural Acid Rock Drainage Associated with Hydrothermally Altered Terrane in Colorado, examines the water quality and geology of several areas in Colorado exhibiting acid rock drainage (ARD) that is not caused by mining, but by nature. read more »
USGS Data - Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications. read more »
Yukon: Handbook of Reclamation Techniques and Mining Land Use
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This handbook has been prepared by the Yukon Government for use by operators conducting mineral exploration programs under the mining land use regime of the Quartz Mining Act. read more »
Pyrite Damages 20,000 Irish Houses and Coal Miners Facilities
Friday, November 18, 2011
Apparently 20,000 new houses in Ireland are cracked and damaged because a pyrite-rich rock from a local quarry was used in construction of the houses. read more »
Mining one day, tourism eventually: BHP
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam project, set to be the world's biggest mine, could have a second life as an outback tourist attraction when it closes. read more »
Is British Columbia failing to plan for and close mines responsibly?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Mine Closure in any jurisdiction is fraught with difficulty. There are as many rules, and as many different systems of regulations, as there are mining locales. read more »
Esri and DOI Introduce Landsat Data for the World
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri is pleased to announce the release of Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades' worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI's US Geological Survey. read more »
Soane Mining's Tailings Treatment Technology
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Soane Mining is commercializing a recently developed tailings treatment technology capable of rapidly treating tailings streams produced during mining operations, thus arresting a growing environmental problem at its source. read more »
Kensington Mine, Southeast Alaska
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We travelled from Juneau to the Kensington Mine in Southeast Alaska. Here is a pictorial record of that journey. I thank Coeur Alaska for taking us to the mine. read more »
California Earthquake Fault Zone Maps
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The index map identifies all Official Maps of Earthquake Fault Zones delineated by the California Geological Survey through December 2010 under the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act. Individual Earthquake Fault Zone Maps can be viewed on screen. Digital image files (pdf) and Geographic Information System files (GIS) of individual maps can be downloaded by selecting a specific quadrangle map. read more »
GeoVisionary
Monday, February 07, 2011
GeoVisionary is the result of a collaboration between Virtalis and the British Geological Survey. Combining a powerful data engine with a virtual geological toolkit enables geoscientists to visualise, analyse and share large datasets seamlessly in an immersive, real time environment.  read more »
A History of Coal in Europe
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Timber Crisis; The Fuel of Last Resort; Medieval Coal and Coal Mining; The Prejudice against Coal; Renaissance Coal Mines; Coke; Wagon ways, Steam Engines, Canal Building and Coal ...
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New discoveries improve climate models
Thursday, February 03, 2011
U.S. Geological Survey scientists looked back 3 million years, to the mid-Pliocene warm period, and studied the influence of the North Atlantic Ocean’s Greenland-Scotland Ridge on surface water temperature.  read more »
In Congo, Diamonds are Whose Best Friend ?
Monday, January 10, 2011
This was my first trip to Mbuji Mayi. I knew it as Congo’s city of riches: the diamond mecca of the country. But whatever I expected is not what I found. read more »
Costs of Mine Closure
Friday, December 10, 2010
Are miners compiling feasibility studies ignoring mine closure costs — and in particular closure costs associated with acid drainage? read more »
Presentations from Tailings and Mine Waste 2010 Conference
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Tailings & Mine Waste 2010 conference took place in Vail, Colorado. If you did not attend the conference and do not have a copy of the proceedings, here is how you can access many of the excellent presentations read more »
No Prosperity Mine in British Columbia
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
If you live in British Columbia you probably know about the Federal Government’s refusal to allow Taseko’s Prosperity Mine to proceed. The reason: the mine would impact fish as a result of the use of Fish Lake for the mine tailings. read more »
Rescan Named One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2011
Friday, October 15, 2010
Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, an annual competition sponsored by Mediacorp Canada Inc. to recognize Canada's best places to work. read more »
Best Practices in B.C. Mine Reclamation Planning and Closure Showcased at Courtenay Symposium, September 20-23
Thursday, September 09, 2010
The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) and the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) present the 34th annual B.C. Mine Reclamation Symposium and 35th Canadian Land Reclamation Association Conference, "Reclamation from Planning to Closure", from September 20 - 23, 2010 in Courtenay, B.C. read more »
BC to Share Mining Tax with First Nations
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Some say it has taken one hundred years to reach the historic announcements these past days that the BC Provincial government will share tax revenues on two new mines with the First Nations on whose traditional lands the mines are located. read more »
Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth. This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe. Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".  read more »
Only Fools Pay for Wind Power
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It is unfortunate for the U.S., or any country, that the wind industry and politicians are unwilling to reveal the truth and the folly of wind power. Claims by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA.org) appear so grand, so let’s look deeper. read more »
Sinkholes
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
When water from rainfall moves down through the soil and encounters bedrock in karst terrain, the bedrock begins to dissolve along horizontal and vertical cracks and crevices in the rock. Eventually, these cracks and crevices ... read more »
Coal to Remain Key U.S. Source of Electrical Power
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Committing U.S. electrical utilities to the "25-percent Renewable Electricity Portfolio Standard" (RES or RFS) mandating that, by 2025, the U.S. generates 25-percent of its electrical power from renewable sources is a futile, unwise misdirection of financial, human, and technological resources on a backward, impossible mission. read more »
Switzerland geologist on trial for 'causing quakes'
Monday, March 29, 2010
The head of a geothermal energy company has gone on trial in Switzerland accused of damaging property by triggering earthquakes. read more »
Coal to Remain Key U.S. Source of Electrical Power
Monday, March 15, 2010
Politicians warn that the U.S. must “wean” itself from coal and other hydrocarbon-based fuels and convert to “green” energy. Despite this, coal provides 48 percent of U.S. electrical power needs, a one percent increase since 2000. read more »
Understanding the types of aquifers in the Canadian Cordillera hydrogeologic region
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Groundwater is often viewed as a mysterious and challenging resource to manage as it is hidden underground. Generally, the only obvious sign of groundwater to the public is water flowing from a spring
or from a well. Where and how the groundwater got to the spring or well and how much is available are questions of interest when trying
to protect the resource.
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Glaciers - Science and Nonsense
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Alarm started with ‘global warming’ but since the Earth failed to warm in the past 10 years it changed to ‘climate change” and most recently to “carbon pollution.” But the most graphic scare is still of rising sea levels, so many articles continue appear describing sea level rise of many metres caused by the melting of the icesheets. read more »
Combating acid rock drainage: industry collaborates on ARD Guide
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
A guide to reducing Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) has been produced by The International Network for Acid Prevention. This internet-based global best practices guide for the prevention and mitigation of ARD was recently published by the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP). INAP is an international consortium of major mining companies, working collectively to combat the issue of ARD. read more »
Sustainable Mining in Sierra Leone
Monday, January 18, 2010
I recently came across a book called Sustainable Development and Mining in Sierra Leone, which is described thus: "Based on a PhD thesis, with a focus on Sierra Leone, this book explores the conflicts between pursuing mining activities to foster economic development and protecting the environment... read more »
Boldly Going Where No Man (or Woman) Goes: USGS Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, January 08, 2010
"In dangerous and remote areas, such as polar regions, volcanic islands, and expansive deserts, remote-controlled unmanned aircraft can provide more detailed, more timely data about the status of natural resources and environmental conditions than would be feasible by any other means ..."  read more »
New Science Estimates Carbon Storage Potential of U.S. Lands
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The first phase of a groundbreaking national assessment estimates that U.S. forests and soils could remove additional quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as a means to mitigate climate change. read more »
UN Commission Declares Geology “Most Important” Requirement to Solving Environmental Problems
Monday, November 16, 2009
UNESCAP attributes the remarkable success of geo-scientists in solving even the most "perplexing issues" of human health, safety and the environment to their ability as professionals "…to think in terms of long time intervals, to visualize changes in the environment that are a result of natural or anthropogenic processes and to put all of this into a three-dimensional and time perspective. No other professional scientist or engineer has been trained to do that…." read more »
DOE-Sponsored Mississippi Project Hits 1-Million-Ton Milestone for Injected CO2
Thursday, November 05, 2009
A large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project in Mississippi has become the fifth worldwide to reach the important milestone of more than 1 million tons injected. As a result, it is helping to both further carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a mitigation strategy for global climate change and move forward G-8 recommendations for launching 20 projects of this type internationally by 2010. read more »
Conservation and Native American Groups Challenge Bush-Era Mining Giveaways
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A coalition of conservation and Native American organizations today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. challenging two regulations issued by the Bush Administration that weakened the requirements for environmental and taxpayer protections on federal public land involved in mining operations. read more »
Geothermal Power, Lithium Mining Two-in-One in California
Friday, October 09, 2009
Geothermal power plants can extract lithium from underground brine and sell it to battery makers. One geothermal project is turning to startup Simbol Mining to try it out read more »
Canadian Study Scrutinizes Carbon Capture
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In the face of mounting support for clean coal and the billions being invested in carbon capture and storage, or C.C.S., technology, a new assessment from the University of Toronto’s Munk Center for International Studies has a stern warning for policy-makers: there could be dramatic unintended environmental consequences to sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the earth's mantle. read more »
The Coal Conundrum
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Coal is depended on for a variety of processes. Whether it's electricity generation, steel production or conversion into liquid fuels, it is a fuel on which our society is very dependant. Clean coal will take time and money before it can proliferate. In order to meet the demands that industry and society impose coal needs to be mined quickly and efficiently. read more »
Forest restoration
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Mining and conservation are often considered to be incompatible land uses. Yet, economically important mineral deposits often occur in areas with high biodiversity and therefore, high conservation value. read more »
Planning for the future
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In the introduction to ICMM's Planning for Integrated Mine Closure: Toolkit, the authors describe planning for closure as being "about how to design a mine operation in order to facilitate closure. When a project is designed,there is a lot of scope to do so with closure in mind..." read more »
CCS all about finding the ‘right rocks’
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Coal Tech 2009 conference, held on September 15-16th, hosted a range of presentations on technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS); coal-to-liquids; underground coal gasification; and syngas.  read more »
California Mining Investment Rules
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
A new mine in California is almost unheard of. We must take our hats off to Molycorp for the reopening of, dare we call it the “new?” Mountain Pass mine in California. read more »
Rare Earth Mining in California - Can We Out-mine the Chinese?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Rare earths such as neodymium and lanthanum are needed for hybrid cars that are better for the environment. But will we be allowed to mine all the metals that need to go into these cars or will we be stopped by the environmentally conscious consumers who demand them? read more »
Researchers Study Impacts of Coal Mining on Water Resources
Monday, August 31, 2009
As the federal government announces new plans to protect water resources, these research efforts are underway to provide objective scientific information to policy makers and to those involved in the debate surrounding mountaintop-removal and other forms of coal mining. read more »
Mercury-tainted fish found widely in U.S. streams
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Scientists have detected mercury contamination in every one of hundreds of fish sampled from 291 freshwater streams, according to a U.S. government study released on Wednesday. More than a quarter of those fish contained concentrations of mercury exceeding levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of people who eat age amounts of fish, the U.S. Geological Survey report said. read more »
The Arid Device
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Industry and governmental agencies have known for years that the water quality in the Powder River Basin coals is quite good. In fact, CBM produced water has greatly enhanced livestock operations, through the development of watering areas in previously unused or under-used pastures.  read more »
Frack Attack - Drilling Technique Under Scrutiny
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Four years after a widely used but controversial oil and gas production technology was exempted from federal regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress is taking another look at the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. read more »
Electronic Journal on California Gold Rush and Gold Mining
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Sierra College Press has published an electronic journal on the California Gold Rush and Gold Mining. This eJournal is the latest edition of Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography. read more »
Climate Change Impacts Mining
Thursday, April 09, 2009
The most intriguing paper from the 2009 SME conference is entitled Climate Change Risk and Impact Assessment for Global Diversified Mining Group.  read more »
Pyrophoricity of PRB coals - considerations for coalbed methane development
Friday, April 03, 2009
Natural coal fires along coal outcrops in the Powder River Coal Field or Powder River Basin have occurred throughout the more recent geologic history of the area. Researchers using modern fission-track dating techniques on the baked and fused rock associated with ancient fires have dated in-place coal burn areas as old as middle Pliocene ... read more »
SME 2009 Conference
Friday, February 27, 2009
A report on the 2009 SME keynote presentation on mining in 2009 read more »
Underground Tailings Disposal
Monday, February 02, 2009
Here is an interesting discussion of underground disposal of tailings at the Doris North Project: Tailings is often disposed of in underground mines as backfill to provide ground or wall support read more »
Nuclear Energy and Mining
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Intuitively I believe nuclear energy is the way of the future as the only clean, abundant source of energy. As a professional, I have worked many years stabilizing old uranium mill tailings impoundments and know it can be done. read more »
South African Mine Water Best Management Practices
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here are links to a magnificent series of e-publications from South Africa on management of mine water read more »
Perpetual Mine Water Treatment
Friday, October 24, 2008
Here is a collection of writings on the issue of perpetual treatment of mine waters. read more »
Sacred Caves
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here's another of those reports of sites that suddenly turn out to be sacred when the miner fails to promise the locals lots of money. read more »
WVU Receives $550,000 EPA Award for Sustainable Energy Parks Project
Friday, September 12, 2008
West Virginia University researchers have a plan to turn abandoned mine property into fields capable of growing switchgrass and other biofuels. read more »
Mine Mound Archaeology
Friday, July 11, 2008
What evidence is there in the archaeological record for the very-long-term performance of mine waste disposal facilities? A paper from twenty-five years ago gives some interesting answers. read more »
Alaska Mine Permitting
Monday, May 26, 2008
What is involved in permitting a mine? The answer varies depending on the type and location of your mine. read more »
Erosion Control Education
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The International Erosion Control Association is a source of On-Demand education opportunities. read more »
ARD Permitting
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Environmental Literacy Council write on the topic of mine permitting and acid mine drainage: “Since the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act mining operators are required to present a plan for minimizing or mitigating acid mine drainage before they receive a permit to begin mining.” read more »
Acid Rock Drainage Tasmania
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Uncontrolled discharge of acid mine drainage into waterways poses a risk to downstream users and to aquatic life, riparian vegetation and water resource use. read more »
Compromise Reached Between Mining Company and Conservation Groups
Monday, April 21, 2008
An accord was reached between conservation groups and mining interests, ending an 18-year effort to stop the development of a large gold mine on Buckhorn Mountain in north central Washington State. read more »
Northwest Power Line Coalition Confirms Study
Monday, March 31, 2008
The Mining Association together with the Northern Development Initiative Trust today confirmed that a study has been commissioned looking into the economic viability of the Northwest Power Line along Highway 37 in north western British Columbia.
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Non-Traditional Uranium Mining
Friday, February 29, 2008
Here is a way to get more uranium from old mines and simultaneously protect surface water quality. In the paper Non-Traditional Utilization of Uranium Deposits After Underground Mining Completion, Rapantova et al. write of recovery of uranium from groundwater read more »
Argentina Mining
Friday, February 29, 2008
Julio C Avila concludes his paper Mining and the Environment in Argentina: Analysis of controversial cases by stating: "... there is a conflict between the Argentina National Mining Code and some provincial “anti mining” laws" read more »
Zambian Mine Air Pollution
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here is a news item that I found in the nether reaches of the web. To my knowledge it did not appear in any of the conventional news streams. read more »
Environmental Consulting Services
Friday, February 01, 2008
Air quality is possibly the most important, but nevertheless the most elusive problem in all environmental work. Perhaps Environmental Consulting Services are your answer to this problem. read more »
What Makes For a Good EIS?
Friday, January 18, 2008
Here is a book I have not yet read: Quantifying Environmental Impact Assessment Using Fuzzy Logic by Richard B. Shepard. I write about this book below as the author is a frequent commenter on my blog and has posed the following interesting comment. read more »
Giant Mine Ground Freezing
Monday, January 14, 2008
An extreme example of ground freezing to control groundwater pollution from a closed mine, is the Giant Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada. read more »
Durham Coalfields
Friday, January 11, 2008
The February 2007 edition of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology included a paper entitled Migration of polluted mine water in a public supply aquifer. read more »
GoldSim White Papers
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Two white papers from GoldSim that are, in my opinion, worth downloading and reading read more »
Global Mercury Project
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Mercury is being used extensively to mine gold in artisanal and small mines world-wide. read more »
Kemess Mine and the Scoble Report: 2007 Overview
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As 2007 draws to a close, we compile this article by collating and editing our postings from the past year on the British Columbia mining story of the year, namely the Kemess North Mine.  read more »
Securing the Future and ICARD
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
If you are planning to go to Skellefteå, Sweden in June 2009, you had better act now. They are calling for abstracts of papers for the 8th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage.  read more »
Red Chris Mine
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Imperial Metals Corporation is the owner of BCMetals Corp which in turn owns the Red Chris Copper-Gold property in northern British Columbia. In 2005 the BC Ministry of the Environment gave their approval of the project. read more »
MEND Publication
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
New from MEND is the report: Assessing the Long Term Performance of a Shallow Water Cover to Limit Oxidation of Reactive Tailings at Louvicourt Mine read more »
Rescan on Carbon Inventory
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Rescan has grabbed the bull by the horns. They offer a Carbon Inventory and Auditing service. read more »
Calculating Additional Revenue From Accelerated Environmental Permitting
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc., the advanced-technology environmental consultants, provides a present value (PV) calculator on its web site that demonstrates the financial benefits possible by accelerating environmental permitting. read more »
Archaeology and Mines: The Southern California Bight
Friday, August 10, 2007
On a clear day, Catalina Island stretches across the horizon twenty-five miles off the Huntington Beach coast. Many times I have walked the dog along the beach and gazed out at the far island. read more »
International Mine Water Association
Friday, July 20, 2007
Kudos to the International Mine Water Association for making the proceedings of the Congresses, Symposia, and Meetings so readily available. read more »
Statistical Research
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
You cannot open or develop a mine unless you have established the archaeological significance of the site. The best example I know of is the Royal Mountain King Mine in California read more »
Sustainable Mine Development and Closure
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sustainable mine development, operation, closure, reclamation, and long-term maintenance are ideals. But the concept of sustainability is vague read more »
Sustainability Assessments
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Another piece that just arrived. Kudos to those who wrote it but did not append their names. The International Council on Mining and Metals took a further step towards sustainable mining and corporate accountability last year read more »
Ecologically Sustainable Development
Friday, April 20, 2007
On first blush you might ask what the case of Gray vs. The Minister for Planning, and Taralga Landscape Guardians vs. The Minister for Planning have in common, other than the reference to the Minister. Answer: ecologically sustainable development (ESD). read more »
Spook
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Filling old open pit mines with mining wastes has many advantages. I recognize there are many disadvantages too, mostly to do with the cost.  read more »
MEND Monitor
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We have just received the MEND Monitor for March 2007. It outlines recent MEND publications, events and information. read more »
Montana Mining
Friday, March 23, 2007
The idea started in Montana and now is spreading across the west: no new mining unless you can prove up front that you won’t need perpetual water treatment when you shut down. read more »
Mining Labs
Friday, March 23, 2007
At every stage of mining, a lab is needed to test some sample or other. During exploration there are soil and rock samples to test, during production there are metallurgical and environmental samples to test read more »
Emissions Caps
Friday, March 16, 2007
Opposition won’t impress anybody. Only positive suggestions based on reality are of any potential value. This clarion call for leadership is prompted by the news that Caterpillar read more »
Oil Sands
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
A CBC news article from January mentioned that the United States wants Canada’s oil sands project to be expanded by five times its current capacity. read more »
Applied Ecosystems
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Dr. Richard Shepard, President of Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc. has been asked by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to speak at their National Minerals Workshop in Sparks, NV, on March 21, 2007 read more »
Dust Calculations
Friday, March 09, 2007
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) e-publishes the definitive volume on how to calculate the quantity of dust from mine (and indeed all) unpaved roads, paved roads read more »
USA vs Canada re Coal
Monday, March 05, 2007
How would you decide in a dispute (fight, war) between the United States and Canada? Now miners can express their opinion on an international struggle between the two nations over issues fundamental to the mining industry read more »
The New Prohibitionist
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Georgius Agricola, in 1556 in De Re Metallica writes: The earth does not conceal and remove from our eyes those things which are useful and necessary to mankind read more »
AMEC Announcement
Monday, February 19, 2007
The following came to me via e-mail. Issued by David Bleiker, AMEC Earth & Environmental read more »
Northwest Mining Association Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The Northwest Mining Association meeting in Reno was well attended in 2006. In conjunction with the meeting, representatives of the International Cyanide Management Institute made a presentation on the code read more »
GIS Ten Percent
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Before the mine, a forest. With a bit of luck, after the mine, a forest. We need trees aplenty to counteract global warming. read more »
Rock Pile Transient Seepage
Friday, February 02, 2007
This is the story of a waste rock dump success/failure. The story is in a paper from BiTech Publishers and their premier magazine Geotechnical News. read more »
Mines & Communities
Friday, February 02, 2007
Chicken curry and two beers at a fancy restaurant in Vancouver paid for by the mining industry. I discussed with my co-diner: education of mining engineers; shutting down university departments of mining engineering; the ethics of mining read more »
Software Directory
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Software Directory catalogues 1681 programs in the fields of Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics, Engineering Geology read more »
Carbon Fixation in Tailings
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Regardless of your opinion of the reality and/or causes of climate change, I suspect these are the relevant questions for the mining industry read more »
Clean Coal
Friday, January 19, 2007
The coal trains slide forever across the plains of Wyoming and Nebraska. The train seems never to end. It is an impressive sight to see the coal trains dominate the horizon as one drives along highway I80. read more »
Cyanide Code Compliance
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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 read more »
BLM Mined Land Reclamation
Monday, December 04, 2006
A comprehensive manual on mine reclamation is probably a pipe dream. The topic is too large and multi-disciplinary to get all the information in one volume. read more »
Water Management for Mines
Monday, November 27, 2006
Ralph B. Peck said that he read the adverts in new magazines first. He maintained that if you truly want to know what is developing technically in your field, you should follow the adverts before turning to the technical papers read more »
ARD Conferences
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Shannon Shaw is well known for her many fine writings on the topic of Acid Mine/Rock Drainage. She recommended that I post a piece on upcoming conferences on ARD/AMD. Accordingly, here is a list of upcoming conferences read more »
Idaho Maryland Gold
Monday, November 20, 2006
The best news I have had today is that somebody is trying to reopen a mine in California. I have traveled often through the area and was talking to a friend who lives in Grass Valley. read more »
Oil Sands Reclamation
Friday, November 17, 2006
Can we reclaim the oil sands operations? A pretty obvious question. Many, many answers. I surveyed 350 Google hits from the key words “oil sands reclamation.” read more »
United Nations on Mining
Friday, November 17, 2006
I must bring your attention to this site. I have not previously come across it, and write about it so that you too can access it, if like me you have not yet had the pleasure. read more »
Hedley Mill
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I recently visited the old mining town of Hedley, British Columbia, Canada, with some friends. Visible from the highway are the remains of a gravity-fed stamp mill that was constructed in 1903. read more »
Progress on the Quest for Sustainability at Britannia Beach
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
BioteQ appears to be moving in on the opportunity at Britannia Beach. International Mining reports in its October edition about a re-evaluation of the use of BioteQ's technology to remove saleable metal read more »
Good Practice Mining Publications
Friday, November 03, 2006
The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) website on Tailings: Good Practice continues to bring us easy access to view or purchase books newly posted/advertised on their site. Here are some read more »
Law Library
Friday, November 03, 2006
Need I say more? The best law library on the web? Go to the Madcom Law Library. read more »
How Do We Reclaim Oilsands?
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Oilsands are touted as the cure-all solution to the world’s energy woes. Massive deposits in Canada contain 174 billion barrels of oil that are deemed recoverable with current technology. read more »
Mine Reclamation Cost Estimating Computer Codes
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Why do none of the InfoMine Tools ever get used anymore? In answer to this question from a colleague, I guessed that nobody likes doing simple calculations anymore—we all like fancy black box computer codes. read more »
Tailings Are Useful?
Monday, September 18, 2006
Why are tailings not used as construction material? It seems to me that tailings form a large body of known dimensions of uniformly sized particles that could be used for something. read more »
Acid Mine Drainage
Thursday, September 14, 2006
“Most sites have a lot of Fe in their acid mine drainage.” True. But how do you treat it? I do not know. But the answer is on the web. This is what I found. read more »
Conservation on the Minds of Recreational Miners
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I spent a few days of my vacation in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. This area is known as ‘gold country’ because rich placer deposits found here triggered a gold rush in the 1860's. read more »
Mining Antarctica
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Australia plans to introduce tough new laws that will penalize anyone attempting mining operations in the Antarctic. A bill recently introduced recently would set penalties of up to 16 years in jail to violators. read more »
Sustainability from Environmental Disaster?
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sustainability and the environment are two important parts of mining in today’s society. Overly optimistic thinkers say that mining can be eliminated as an activity essential to our lifestyle. read more »

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