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Imperial Metals escapes charges from Mount Polley tailings breach
Thursday, December 17, 2015
No charges will be laid by the provincial government due to the failure of the Mount Polley tailings dam, said the B.C. chief mines inspector. The chief inspector found that the mine and its engineers employed weak practices on the mine site. read more »
World's first seafloor miner inks copper sales deal with Chinese customer
Friday, December 11, 2015
Canadian seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS) said Friday it has scored a fresh offtake deal for its upcoming deep-sea operation off the coast of Papua New Guinea with Chinese smelting company Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group. read more »
Snap Lake had groundwater problems before closure
Sunday, December 06, 2015
The Snap Lake diamond mine in the Canadian north was not only dealing with a downturn in the diamond market prior to a decision last week to shutter it; the mine also had a serious problem with groundwater. read more »
New innovation converts mine drainage into drinking water
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Global Aquatica's Sam Costin could hold the key to a major breakthrough in the usage of mine water during the record-breaking drought in Australia. read more »
Oilsands industry reports advances in water use per barrel while output rises
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The amount of water used to produce a barrel of oilsands crude fell by more than 30 per cent from 2012 to 2014, according to an industry group, a period in which statistics show production rose by nearly 400,000 barrels per day or 22 per cent to 2.2 million bpd. read more »
Tapping into Mine Water for Geothermal Energy
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the United States. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource. read more »
Evaporative Solutions - Managing Mine Waters
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Walked around the exhibit hall at the Denver SME convention. The booth at the SME that caught my attention today was that of Evaporative Solutions. 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 »
First seabed mine to go ahead as Nautilus solves dispute with PNG
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Canadian seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS), which won the first lease to mine the ocean floor for gold and copper, said Thursday it has resolved a long-dragged dispute with Papua New Guinea. 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 »
Panel rejects measure pushing for additional groundwater regulation
Friday, February 14, 2014
The Powertech uranium mining project should not face additional requirements for underground water protection, a legislative panel decided Thursday. 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 »
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 »
Deep-sea Tailings Placement
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Deep-sea mine tailings placement (DSTP) is an alternative to land-based mine-waste disposal, whereby mineral ore is converted into slurry and transported via a pipeline to processing plants located at the coast, with the resultant waste being discharged into very deep water offshore. read more »
Geoscientists Find Oldest Water on Earth in Underground Mine
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Geoscientists from the University of Toronto discovered a pocket of water approximately 2.6 billion years old in a mine in Ontario. The ancient pool of water was found two miles underground near the town of Timmins read more »
Reservoir Deep Under Ontario Holds Billion-Year-Old Water
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Scientists working 2.4 kilometres below Earth's surface in a Canadian mine have tapped a source of water that has remained isolated for at least a billion years. read more »
Mine Water Dragons aka, Challenges, Solutions, and the Pebble Mine by EPA
Monday, April 29, 2013
Here is a PowerPoint presentation made by Andy Robertson at last week’s conference in Lima, Peru on Mine Water Solution in Extreme Environments. read more »
Tailings Water Balances Presentation at Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments Conference
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Here is a link to a presentation made today at the Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments conference by Christoph Wels of RGC. He deals with the knotty issue of modeling the water balance of a tailings impoundment. read more »
Mine Water Management Best Practice Guidelines
Monday, April 08, 2013
Browsing the web earlier this week I came across the site of the South African Department of Water Affairs. There I found the following Best Practice Guidelines relevant to mine water management 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 »
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 »
Tailings and Mine Water Conferences in 2013
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I estimate you could spend at least a full month in 2013 attending conferences on tailings; and you could travel around the world while doing so. Here are some you should attend. 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 »
Mine Tailings Facility Make-Up Water Requirements: The TMF Water Balance Revisited
Monday, June 04, 2012
This past weekend I was thinking of mine tailings water balance calculation and quantification of make-up water requirements. Here is a summary of my thoughts read more »
Guidelines for Groundwater Modeling at Mines
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
There are many guidelines for groundwater modeling. Up until now there has been nothing specific to mining. Now that is changed. read more »
Uncertainty Analysis in Mining & Groundwater
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
We have just downloaded hundreds of pages of papers, theses, and blog postings on Uncertainty Analysis in groundwater analyses for mining projects.  read more »
Bomvu Ridge and Groundwater Modelling in Mining
Friday, March 09, 2012
This is a story of a time before computers; before groundwater conceptual models, numerical models, baseline models, and predictive models; before groundwater model calibration, verification, or sensitivity analysis. 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 »
Historical overview of traditional and modern gold mining in Ghana
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Good paper on pre-colonial methods of mining in the gold rich west African country of Ghana. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Water problems associated with undersea coal mining
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Coal mining under the sea has been carried out in many different parts of the world. The first consideration associated with undersea mining or for that matter under bodies of water or under sub-surface aquifers, is to ... read more »
Schlumberger Water Services Launches Diver-Office Premium v.2011.1
Friday, March 04, 2011
Schlumberger Water Services (SWS) today announced the release of Diver-Office Premium* v.2011.1 comprehensive groundwater monitoring software. 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 »
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 »
Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region
Monday, December 06, 2010
The 144 pages atlas is the result of a three-year collaborative project with partners from northern EU countries, as well as Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the USA and Russia and gives a detailed overview of circumpolar soil resources relevant also to agriculture, forest management, water management, land use planning, infrastructure and housing and energy transport networks. read more »
Cave Breccias and Archaeological Sites
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Generally, deposition of allochthanous material in caves follows that for most stratified surface deposits; that is, the deposits are locally younging upwards and they tend to be horizontally bedded, and deposits frequently show fining-upwards following stream floods. Many bone breccias may show distinct layering but rock breccias in caves may not conform to such a simple regime. read more »
Quicksand Incident Control
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
An incident is a small event that is a bit out of the ordinary; a mere trifle; a nuisance & irritation; a bit embarrassing maybe; but in the end nothing to worry about. Or is this correct? 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 »
Reed Gold Mine
Monday, May 31, 2010
One Sunday — supposedly in the spring — twelve-year-old Conrad Reed, son of John, chose to go fishing with several siblings in Little Meadow Creek on the family farm rather that attend church with his parents. While busy alongside the creek he saw "a yellow substance shining in the water." Its weight was later said to be approximately seventeen pounds. John Reed, unable to identify it, set the heavy stone aside as a useful doorstop and continued life as usual. 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 »
Texas earthquakes may be linked to wells for gas mining
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"The earthquakes were right in our backyard, and quakes don't happen too often in Texas," says seismologist Brian Stump of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, senior author on a Leading Edge journal study. "We usually only get small ones." 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 »
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 »
Deeper open pits
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surface mines are always seeking to extract more from their existing ore bodies by going deeper, or steeper, or both. Doug Minchin, Director, Rock Australia notes that as well as open pit mines getting larger and deeper, slope design is becoming more aggressive with concomitant high risk in size of failures and consequences. "Slope Failure, even a small rock fall threatens the safety of personnel, plant and equipment, productivity and potentially overall mine viability." 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 »
Cutting down carbon dioxide emissions in India’s coal sector
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A recent study, commissioned by Christian Aid and written by researchers from the Universities of Surrey and Edinburgh, reveals the prospects for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology in India. It examines whether CCS could be a suitable technology for cutting down India’s carbon dioxide emissions.  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 »
Burning coal deep down has huge potential, untested
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Burning coal underground could be one of the next breakthroughs to increase the world's energy supply, similar to establishment of Canadian oil sands, executives and academics told a conference in London on Monday.
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Monitoring faults could predict earthquakes: study
Thursday, October 02, 2009
Geologists working near California's San Andreas Fault have found a way to monitor the strength of a geologic fault — a finding which could be used to predict when a fault would fail and cause an earthquake. 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 »
To leach or not to leach?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In-situ leaching (ISL) or in-situ recovery was developed in the mid 1970s as a method for extracting uranium from typical roll-front type deposits located in water saturated permeable rocks that were not suitable for conventional mining. It was conceived independently in both the (former) USSR and the USA using similar approaches in engineering and technology. 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 »
Viva Las Cruces
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
After an almost year-long suspension Las Cruces in southern Spain made the final leap into production in June. Daniel Gleeson examines a mine reporting contained copper of some 2,425 MIb, an estimated 15-year mine life and some exciting copper processing advances. read more »
The road to Grasberg
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Until Bechtel built the first road in the early 1970s, and Freeport Indonesia subsequently developed the area, subrivers were the only access inland to the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range on Irian Jaya that hosts what is arguably the greatest ore complex discovered in the world to date, the Grasberg and Ertsberg copper gold deposits. 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 »
Satellites unlock secret to Northern India's vanishing water
Friday, August 14, 2009
Using satellite data, UC Irvine and NASA hydrologists have found that groundwater beneath northern India has been receding by as much as 1 foot per year over the past decade – and they believe human consumption is almost entirely to blame. read more »
Time-Series Photos From Space of Aral Sea Death
Monday, July 13, 2009
The destruction of the Aral Sea is one of the great engineering disasters of the 20th century, a mistake on a scale so vast that photographs from space are needed to capture it. 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 »
Water Treatment Technologies for Oil Sands Mining
Thursday, May 28, 2009
To produce oil from the oil sands field in Alberta, huge amount of water is used. Specifically, water is used to separate bitumen from the sand at a high water to oil ratio. 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 »
Man-made earthquake?
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Did dam trigger the devastating 2008 Sichuan quake? read more »
Groundwater Monitoring Tools
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Here is an announcement by VMS-Profound of new groundwater monitoring equipment read more »
Carlson Natural Regrade Wins INTERMAT Silver Innovation Award
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Intermat officials recently announced that Carlson Software's Natural Regrade land reclamation software won a Silver Award in the Services Category of their Innovation Awards. 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 »
Heap Leach Pad Risks
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Risk management enables you to identify risks and take action to avoid them before you get hurt. At least that is the theory. read more »
Connelly on Mine Groundwater
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
In the old days when SRK still went by its original name, Steffen Robertson and Kirsten, Dick Connelly and I were given the task of pounding the pavements to develop a groundwater practice in South Africa. read more »
The Meaning of Long Term?
Monday, July 21, 2008
These terms are often carelessly bandied about in the mining industry: long term; on-going; foreseeable future; several centuries; perpetuity; forever; sustained. What really do they mean?  read more »
In-Lake Tailings Disposal
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A new report from the Globe and Mail states that sixteen Canadian mining companies have applied to dispose of mine tailings in lakes across the country. read more »
Pierina Gold Mine
Thursday, June 12, 2008
GoldSim to the rescue again: an abstract for the conference on Tailings & Mine Waste ’08 tells of a water balance model for the Pierina Gold Mine in Peru using GoldSim for the entire plant. read more »
GoldSim and the Marillana Mine
Friday, June 06, 2008
GoldSim is a computer code that enables you to model systems consisting of units (elements) into, through, and out of which things flow. read more »
Invitation to Submit a Presentation to IECA
Monday, May 12, 2008
I received an email from the International Erosion Control Association inviting me to submit a presentation proposal for Environmental Connection 2009, IECA's annual conference read more »
Erosion Control Education
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The International Erosion Control Association is a source of On-Demand education opportunities. read more »
ASTM Publishes New Compilation on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology
Friday, April 18, 2008
ASTM International announces the publication of a new compilation, ASTM Standards on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology, 2nd Edition. read more »
Wetlands
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
More on Wetlands for stormwater protection from the Center for Watershed Protection. read more »
Center for Watershed Protection Announcement
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In a continued effort to provide all communities with the tools needed to protect their watersheds, the Center is posting online previews of most of the slideshows sold on CD. read more »
Wallingford and Waterinfo
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
From the Waterinfo e-news put out by Wallingford Software, here are a few news items and a bit of promotion that I thought worth recording for those interested in hydraulics and software. read more »
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 »
Tailings Electroosmosis
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Electroosmosis involves application of an electric voltage across a porous material to increase the hydraulic gradient, thereby speeding up fluid flow and hopefully consolidation, strength gain, and reduced permeability.  read more »
Aquifer Depressurization Management
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
This paper describes a fascinating case history: Management of Aquifer Depressurization System in Hazelwood Mine, Latrobe Valley, Australia by J. Fernando of International Power and D. Nag of Monash University. 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 »
Mine Water Plan
Monday, December 17, 2007
The July 2007 issue of International Mining included a fun article Minimizing water use and its pollution. Here is the best part of the article and what I will call the SRK Principles for a Mine Water Plan. read more »
FracMan - An Update
Monday, December 03, 2007
Fracman is a powerful way to model groundwater flow in mines where the flow is in the fractured bedrock. read more »
The Drying West
Friday, November 23, 2007
The New York Times’ Jon Gertner writes of the water crisis in the West in a long and insightful piece The Future is Drying Up. read more »
Wardrop Mine Dewatering
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I have recently posted two EduMine courses: Surface Water Management at Mines and Groundwater in Mining. Here is something from Wardrop that I wish I had added to the course on groundwater. read more »
Urban Stormwater Management
Friday, November 02, 2007
If you are involved with or responsible for surface water management at a mine, this volume is for you. I refer to a magnificent new e-publication called Manual 3 Urban Stormwater Retrofit Practices. read more »
Riprap Design Procedures Manual
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Many a mine needs to control erosion in the surface water channels. If the mine is blessed with an abundance of good quality rock, riprap may be the most economic approach to limiting erosion. read more »
The Judicious Use of Computer Models
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Here is some practical advice I cull from Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis (1988) by Philip B. Bendient and Wayne C. Huber. read more »
Groundwater Modeling Tools
Monday, September 17, 2007
Over the last decade, great strides have been made in developing numerical models covering virtually all aspects of mining hydrogeology from traditional 2D seepage models to complex models simulating multi-phase flow and multi-species contaminant transport. read more »
Surface Water Calculations
Friday, September 14, 2007
The September issue of Stormwater contains one of the best articles about surface water I have read in quite a while. read more »
Performance Based Codes
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
There has been much criticism of the draft Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines for Mining recently published by the World Bank. read more »
Arizona Mine Water Needs
Monday, July 30, 2007
The Arizona Republic takes a long and hard look at water resources for new mines in Arizona. read more »
Groundwater Models
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
On many a project, preparing and running the groundwater model is the largest cost item. Why is this? 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 »
Erosion Control Products
Friday, May 11, 2007
It takes a paper magazine to remind you of information that has not yet found its way across the internet. I recently got the March/April issue of Erosion Control. read more »
Fracture Flow
Monday, May 07, 2007
A comprehensive book, free on the web: Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow – Contemporary Understanding and Applications. This 1996 publication was prepared by the following committees read more »
Darcy's Law
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I have always admired Henry Darcy, but never thought to join his fan club—you can at this link. There you can find all the intimate details of his birth, life, and death. There is even some information on his works and equation. read more »
Groundwater Software
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Here are some places you can find information about software that you may need to deal with groundwater in the mining context. read more »
Software Blues
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The next book on my reading list is Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future, by Orrin H. Pilkey and Linda Pilkey-Jarvis. read more »
Groundwater Terminology
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Let us examine some of the many terms that are used to refer to water in soils and rocks. I prefer the simple Anglo-Saxon sounding groundwater. read more »
Groundwater People
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Of all the disciplines at the intersection of science, engineering, and technology, groundwater is the one that demands the most application of art. read more »
Groundwater Book
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Recent flooding of the shaft and underground mine workings at the Cigar Lake uranium deposit in Saskatchewan reminds us of the significance of groundwater in mining. read more »
FracMan
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
It seems so obvious: most mines involve cutting into rock, and rock is fractured. Therefore the stability and groundwater flow patterns of the mine opening, whether open pit or underground, will be controlled by the fractures. 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 »
Australian Mine Water Use
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
You must pay attention when the news item starts thus: “Using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, Australia’s natural science agency CSIRO has established that water used by the mining industry read more »
Brazilian Dam Burst
Friday, March 02, 2007
The web was recently awash in the flood of news about the failure of a “bauxite mine tailings dam burst” in Brazilian read more »
Quecreek Mine Flooding Disaster
Monday, February 26, 2007
At about 9 pm on July 24, 2002 a work crew of nine men from the Quecreek Coal Mine in Somerset Pennsylvania nearly lost their lives read more »
Mine Flooding
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Ground freezing is on way to control the inflow of water to a mining operation. If flow quantities are low, it may be easier to pump from dewatering wells, of from the mine workings themselves read more »
New Hampshire Geomorphology
Friday, January 12, 2007
There are no mines in New Hampshire that I know of; except surely some aggregate mines and gravel pits? Regardless, the volume I refer you to does not address the impact of mining at all. read more »
Sand and Gravel Mining Permits in Pinal County, Arizona
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sand and gravel mining in floodplains occurs nearly everywhere. If you want to mine sand and gravel in Pinal County, Arizona, you will need to comply with the requirements read more »
McArthur Mine
Friday, December 15, 2006
The McArthur Mine in Australia was in the news recently. I vaguely recollect reading reports of a controversy surrounding the mine. read more »
Stream Undermining
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Subsidence on underground mine workings can disrupt surface water flow and impact groundwater. This simple fact is brought home simply and starkly by a fine brochure from Hatch Mott MacDonald read more »
Utah Abandoned Mines Program
Friday, December 08, 2006
This is a valuable reference if you mine in Utah. It is also valuable if you are simply interested in the story of mining in Utah, the abandoned mines in Utah read more »
Utah Mine Reclamation
Friday, December 08, 2006
This volume is the best primer on Mine Reclamation I have yet come across: The Practical Guide to Reclamation in Utah. It should be your first stop on a tour of mine reclamation reading, even if your mine is not in Utah. 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 »
Colorado Mine Reclamation
Friday, December 01, 2006
A recent report (June 2006) makes fascinating reading and instructive reporting. I refer to the Reclamation Feasibility Report Henson Creek Watershed 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 »
Jiri Open Pit Mine
Friday, November 03, 2006
Download the technical paper, the digital data, and the program input parameters for a new publication “An Open-Pit Coalmine Surcharged by Artesian Water Pressure”. This paper is downloadable from read more »
Glamis Review Report
Friday, October 20, 2006
A rare peek into the exclusive world of peer review of tailings dams. We hear so much about the need, and see so little of the implementation. read more »
Rock Filter Dams for Sediment Control
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Compliance with discharge standards for the amount of sediment in runoff from mines demands a holistic approach to runoff control. Sediment dams are but one aspect of an overall approach to mine sediment control. read more »
Mining Water
Monday, August 28, 2006
From Mineweb: An old saying in the West is that "water flows uphill; towards money." Water was legally defined as a commodity in the year 2000, which paved the way for multinational corporations to buy and manage water systems. read more »
7th ICARD Abstracts On-Line
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
All 209 pages are now available on-line. That is, you can now see for free over two hundred abstracts of all the papers presented at the 7th ICARD Conference in St Louis in March 2006. read more »
BioteQ
Thursday, August 17, 2006
How do you address Acid Mine Drainage? I surveyed the state-of-the-art as discussed at the ICARD conference in St Louis read more »