The Molycorp story and government policy risks in mine or business valuation

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In recent days, I have read a lot of news stories on the fortunes (or misfortunes) of Molycorp Inc. (NYSE: MCP). More than any other, Molycorp represents the story of the rare earth sector outside of China and how government … Continue reading

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The entrance of the big boys: The changing landscape of the mine planning software business

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The recent acquisition of Mintec, providers of MineSight, by Hexagon AB of Sweden is the second such entry¬† by a large company into the mine planning software business. This news has caused me to think about what this means for … Continue reading

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What are the factors that drive community support for mining projects?

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In this era where corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs are essential aspects of mine management and planning, community engagement is essential for mine management throughout the mine’s life cycle. One of our goals during community engagement is to understand … Continue reading

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Conference report: SME 2014 Meeting

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The 2014 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit was held in Salt Lake City, UT this past week (Feb. 23-26, 2014). I tried to post daily updates throughout the week. If you missed these updates, find them below. As usual, there … Continue reading

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Bristol Bay, EPA’s Risk assessment and the mine plan that isn’t yet a plan

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Last week (Jan 21, 2014), EPA released its risk assessment of the impact of large scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed on the ecosystem of the watershed. The report evaluates potential mining of the Pebble deposit. The report is … Continue reading

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Why do we always find ourselves in this mess? — The constant cycles of commodity prices & production costs

This past week, I have had two conversations with friends that lead me to this post. Both friends work in gold mines and are worried due to uncertainty, brought on by the recent drop in gold price. It seems like … Continue reading

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The role of educational technology in today’s mineral engineering education

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Recently, I attended the Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference in St. Louis. I was exposed to a lot of educational technology at the conference. The challenge as an engineering educator is to decide what to use in my classes. … Continue reading

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