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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Innovations in Mining Engineering 2013

Last week (Sept. 9-12, 2013), the mining engineering program at Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) hosted the third edition of the Innovations in Mining Engineering conference in St. Louis, MO. The conference theme was “Exploring Global Mining … Continue reading

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How to develop mineral resources in uncertain times: The way forward for Africa?

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The last two editions of Mining Journal have included two articles about mining in Africa that have inspired this post. With commodity prices trending downward, it appears several African countries, have once again missed the opportunity to benefit, long-term, from … Continue reading

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Glencore Xstrata Update: $7.7b Writedown

This week marked a major update in the Glencore Xstrata acquisition, a topic I focused on over a year ago here. What was then a proposed merger became an all-share acquisition by Glencore to create the first commodities trader with … Continue reading

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Applying statistics in mine engineering using Excel: Part 2 — Regression

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In the second part of this series, I intend to show how to use the Excel data analysis toolpak to do more advanced linear regression analysis. If you did not get the chance to read the first installment of this … Continue reading

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