Discussion of Sustainable Mining Practices at SODOGEO 2017

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I was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 15-17, 2017, at the 1st International Congress of Applied Geology at the invitation of the Dominican Society of Geology (SODOGEO). SODOGEO had asked me to speak about “Sustainable Mining Practices.” I added … Continue reading

SME 2017: Cautious Optimism, Emerging Tools for Community Engagement

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The 2017 SME Annual Meeting was held in Denver, CO February 20-22, 2017 with the theme “creating wealth in a cyclical world.” Anyone who knows the mining industry understands why SME chose the that theme this year. The mining industry … Continue reading

Corruption, Mining & Sustainability

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This week, I read another damaging story about corruption involving mining companies and the Guinean Government revolving around Simandou, the vast undeveloped iron ore resource in Guinea. As you may know, there have been several allegations of corruption surrounding mining … Continue reading

Lessons we can draw from the Samarco tailings dam failure

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First of all, it is good to be back with you blogging again. As some of you might know, I spent most of 2015 and the first seven months of 2016 as an Academic Mining Engineering Fellow at the US Securities & … Continue reading

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

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