Maybe JD Irving Should Have Spent $1 million Evaluating the Financial Viability of Bald Mountain Instead Of Lobbying the Maine Legislature for Sanction To Pollute Groundwater

Complex CU-Deposit Financial feasibility:Arsenic Limits In Concentrates:Bald Mountain

Interesting article on attainability of international concentrate standards on arsenic.  Another perhaps insurmountable challenge,  and certainly a great limitation on possibilities for, Maine’s Bald Mountain where arsenic levels present problems without solutions in other areas as well eg. tailings deposition & mine water management.
More and more mines are trading in concentrates ( most of chile’s market is in concentrates) which must meet certain standards in % of metals concentrate and absence of other impurities to be saleable .
Here is an example of  the penalties ( lost value) for various levels above established global standards.
Arsenic (As) 0.10% $ 5.00/0.1 % ( up to 0.5 % As) $ 11.00/ 0.1 % ( >0.5 % As)

Bismuth (Bi) 200 ppm $ 4.00/ 100 ppm (up to 1200 ppm Bi) $ 6.00/ 100 ppm ( >1200 ppm Bi)

Selenium (Se) 0.05% $ 5.00/0.01 % Se Antimony (Sb) 0.10% $ 4.00/0.1 % Sb

Cadmium (Cd) 200 ppm $ 4.00/100 ppm Cd Lead (Pb) 1% $2.75/0.5 % Pb

1/ Dry Metric Tons

( the first number is the standard(e.g. o.10% for arsenic, then the penalties per metric ton for two ranges of exceedances e.g $5.00 per metric ton for every .1% above ,o.10% up to  o,5% and $11/ton  per .1% above.5%.  With average costs per ton to produce at $20 for copper these penalties are significant.

Coupled with the general outlook for copper and the expected emphasis away from de novo mining toward expansion mining of existing operating mines and re-mining of high-grade wastes at closed and operating mines, the JD Irving owned Bald Mountain in Aroostook County Maine faces serious financial viability problems in relation to other deposits.  It certainly is not well positioned ( or geochemically resourced) to attract quality investors or quality miners in the forseeable future even under the super relaxed environmental security standards sought by present mining interests in Maine.
The $1 million+ JD Irving has spent with Jim Mitchell and Tom Doyle on lobbying for relaxed environmental security standards would have been better spent hiring mining economists  and other experts to understand the deposit  itself and its possible financial and environmental viability viz world copper markets and what drives them.
 $1 million in lobbying the Maine legislature  is a lot of money for a deposit that is most likely non competitive in the present global climate and market standards for copper.
Just sayin’
If UMaine or DEP or Irving et al are interested in the actual potential financial viability of Bald Mountain, I have a long list of brilliantly well qualified mining economists I can refer them to.  $1 million spent talking to these guys would go much further and provide better results  than lobbying our legislature for the privilege of polluting groundwater under mining areas feeding multiple pristine watersheds.
Wondering whether  George Kendrick of Stantec who has been part of he lobbying tab for JD IRVING encouraged them in this direction and if not, why not?
If Irving et al had been looking first to financial viability in todays global marketplace instead of keeping our legislature and some 200+ of us actively engaged NGO’s and citizens chasing our tails over the agenda they chose instead, maybe by now we’d have the most remarkable and well thought out legal framework  for metallic mining in the world.
Just sayin’
March 8,2015 at Cove Meadow
Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM Environmental Risk Manager
Bowker Associates
Science & Research In The Public Interest
15 Cove Meadow Rd.
Stonington, Maine 04681

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Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2017 we partnered with Daveid M. Chambers, a world leader in responsible mining, in our third joint work on the economics of tailings failures. Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. In the Dark Shadow of the Supercycle Tailings Failure Risk & Public Liability Reach All Time Highs. Environments 2017, 4, 75. A peer reviewed journal published investigation of the cowboy economics of the supercycle and the resulting escalation on the number and magnitude of catastrophic failures. In 2016 we parnered with Dave Chambers in our 2nd joint work together looking at root causes of failures at a conference . Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. Root Causes of Tailings Management Failures: The Severity of Consequence of Failures Attributed to Overtopping 1915–2015. In Proceedings of the Protections 2016, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 14 June 2016. [Google Scholar] In 2015 Bowker Associates collaborated with geophysicist David M. Chambers to recompile global authoritative accounts of significant TSF failures in recorded history and to analyze these data in the context of global mining economics 1910-2010 ( Risk, Economics and Public Liability of TSF Failures, Bowker/Chambers July 2015) The third annual update of this globally referenced and used compilation was just released at Researchgate. ( In 2014 Bowker Associates commissioned globally respected geophysicist and hydrogeologist Dr. David Chambers to undertake two technical works: (1) development of technical go no go criteria for vetting mine applications tp:// and (2) a case study of Maine's Bald Mountain, an un mined low grade high risk VMS deposit demonstrating the efficacy and accuracy of two risk assessment tools in vetting mine proposals In Maine, Bowker Associates has deeply engaged and been a public voice in the Searsport DCP LPG Tank, The Cianbro proposal for a Private East West Toll Road, JD Irvings rolling pipeline of Bakken crude to its plant in St. John and review of Phase II plans at The Callahan Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, and Maine's revisitation of mining in statute and regulation... Our only “client”: is always “the pubic interest”. Our model is to focus on only one or two issues at a time so that we have a substantive command of the relevant field as our foundation for ongoing engagement. 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