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UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM TAILINGS MANAGEMENT REFORMS SHOULD BE PUBLICLY  ACCEPTED BY MAC & ICMM AND PRESENTED AT TAILINGS 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Stonington Maine November 1, 2017 CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker, LNBowker@BowkerAssociates.org +1 207 367 5145 TAGS: UNEP Tailings Management Report; Reform Of Legal Framework for Tailings Facilities; Tailings Conference 2017; 2nd Anniversary Samarco TSF Failure; Mt Polley TSF … Continue reading

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MT POLLEY BEYOND PROXIMATE CAUSE OF FAILURE: Pre Failure Economics

Beyond “proximate cause”, the focus of most dam committee reports,  are the root economic causes of most catastrophic failures.  Imperial Metals had two principle mines, Huckleberry and Mt Polley that never achieved profitability and were developed and run on “shoe string” … Continue reading

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Maine’s Statute & It’s Draft Implementing Rules Score Poorly on Catastrophic Failure Risk Assessment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   September 14, 2016  1333 EST   Contact lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com 207 367 5145   RISK OF FAILURE ASSESSMENT OF MAINE MINING STATUTE AND DRAFT IMPLEMENTING RULES Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU ARM, Environmental Risk Manager Risk of Catastrophic Failure analysis of … Continue reading

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SAMARCO PANEL ATTRIBUTES PRIMARY CAUSE OF FAILURE TO INEFFECTIVE SEPARATION OF SLIMES AND SANDS AND INADEQUATE DRAINAGE OF SANDS

Moments ago Vale, BHP and Samarco concluded their press conference presenting the findings of their indepdendent panel on the causes of the Fundao Tailings dam failure . The report was commissioned by Vale. A full copy in English is up at … Continue reading

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Mining Financial Risks Post-“Super Cycle” Point to Escalated & Unexamined Already Accrued Public Liabilities & Environmental Security Losses

Although this Ernst & Young report on “post super cycle” mining business risks speaks from the miners point of view, not from the environmental risk/public liability point of view, the economic realities presented here are what Bowker Chambers (2015) was pointing at … Continue reading

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1 million Cubic Meter Landslide From Ruins of Failed Fundao Dam

  On January 27 the debris in the site of the former Fundao dam  shifted causing a 10 minute slide of 1 million cubic meters of material out of the site  and necessitating the evacuation of all workers. According to … Continue reading

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TASEKO TEETERING: ANOTHER SCHOLZ VETTED “Mining Metric Original” Accrues Ever More Potential Public Liability While It Struggles With Too Much Debt And Too Little Cash Flow

 With copper prices dropping below $2 per pound, Taseko may just be trying to keep afloat during 2016. It has an estimated $65 million USD in cash at the end of 2015, and requires approximately $2.25 per pound copper to … Continue reading

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SAMARCO DAM FAILURE LARGEST BY FAR IN RECORDED HISTORY

  The Working Group met with State authorities, business, civil society and community representatives in Minas Gerais. The State has the highest concentration of industrial mines in Brazil, and the Working Group’s visit took place after the tragic disaster caused … Continue reading

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Lessons For Maine Mining Statute & Regulations & Maine’s Bald Mountain in Tailings Dam Failure This Week at Mt. Polley British Columbia and Major Spill at Buenavista Del Cobre on the U.S. Border in Mexico

 Buenavista Del Cobre Photo Common Sense Canadian In the past week there were two major mine spills in international news which highlight the many intentional gaps in Maine’s 2011 statute and regulations  An Aug 4 tailings impoundment breach at Mt. Polley … Continue reading

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MOUNTAIN X: WOULD YOU ISSUE A PERMIT TO THIS MINE

A Clinical Reassessment of Bald Mountain, Aroostook County Maine February 28th, 2014  LD 1772 A Resolution to Reject Maine’s Draft Mining Rules Dear Co-Chairs Boyle and Welsh & Members of the Joint Standing Committee On Environment & Natural Resources: I … Continue reading

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