Monthly Archives: October 2014

Finding & Fixing At Risk TSF’s Still Permitted & Still in Operation

..sometimes when the storm passes and the dust settles you find the path you have been following has left you standing at the edge of a precipice instead of in the middle of the clearing you imagined the path would … Continue reading

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Tailings Impoundment Failure Rates: A New Look At The WISE & ICOLD Data

In the wake of the Mt. Polley tailings Impoundment failure on August 4, 2014, we have been working with the ICOLD/WISE data (see link at end for machine readable compilation) . Our aim initially was  to assess the feasibility of risk pooling to … Continue reading

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OPTIONS & STRATEGIES FOR LOWERING AND FUNDING PUBLIC & ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITIES OF TSF FAILURES

The following is the introduction to the summary and conclusions section of a major paper we have been collaborating on with another and far more distinguished co-author who speaks mining truths always and only with humility and quietness. So chances … Continue reading

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PUBLIC/ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF BUENA VISTA DEL COBRE FEEDER DAM FAIILURE FIXED AT $(US)137 MILLION: GRUPO’S BALANCE SHEET UNLIKE IMPERIALS AT MT POLLEY CAN TAKE IT

OOSKA NEWS, a water quality focused global news service has reported that the public/environmental liabilities for the August 6 failure of a feeder dam 25 miles from the U.S. border are now estimated at $137 million. https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2014/10/environmental-costs-buenavista-del-cobre-spill-estimated-1337-million_162497 Bowker Associates has … Continue reading

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IT’S OFFICIAL: STEVEN G. VICK ACKNOWLEDGES ALL TSF’S WILL FAIL

Jack Caldwell, ( who I respect and admire very much not just for his expertise on TSF’s but for his fidelity to advocating for best knowledge, best management in their design, construction, management and closure..for donkeys years.) posted this morning from … Continue reading

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