Category Archives: Mining Regulation

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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Share Holder Litigation Puts Spotlight On Environmental Risk

Madison Condon, JD, Fellow Earth Institute, Columbia University NY, NY   Dear Ms.  Condon:   Thank you for your stunning and seminal work accurately drawing the arc between massive investor losses and poorly developed mining projects  which manifest also in … 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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Historic Rejecton Of Maine DEP’s Extraction Industry Oriented Rules Part of National Push For Responsible

Maine joins Minnesota and Alaska in pushing back against the idea that mining is such a valuable and essential economic endeavor that it warrants lower levels of protection for natural resources than apply to other industries. LD1772 rejected the rules … 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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Historic Legislative Rejection of Mining Rule Expected

It seems there is political will to reject Maine’s Mining rules but a glitch in the mining statute requires some housekeeping and most likely also suspension of the 1991 rules until the legislature has rules it can approve. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw0jCpuVRzgEQWcyTjQ3LWMxa2xGWmQwMXowS2F2d0hjU2Fj/edit?usp=sharing It … Continue reading

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A NEW STATUTORY & REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONSIBLE SULFIDE MINING: SHOULD THIS MINE BE BUILT?

In a work commissioned to guide Maine’s mining policy Dr. David Chambers, a recognized leader in building international  policy for responsible mining, has pointed to a fatal flaw in  the fabric of sulfide mining oversight in the U.S.: no one has … Continue reading

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Global Expert to Reassess Environmental Risks of Mining At Bald Mountain/ Address Limits of Modern Technology

Carr Pond “Mining Affected Area” by Craig Terrell Contact: Lindsay Newland Bowker, Environmental Risk Manager               November 12, 2013 207-367 5145         lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com Globally respected Geo-Physicist Dr. David Chambers has been retained  to re assess 20 years of scientific data on the … Continue reading

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JOBS AT BALD MOUNTAIN NEVER THERE:Bowker Associates Provided Saviello, Key Agency Officials & Key Legislators With Hard Evidence in August 2013

Senator Tom Saviello <drtom16@hotmail.com> cc: Joan Welsh <joanwelsh08@gmail.com>,  Ed Mazurek <EdMazurek1@aol.com>,  “Heather Parent, Director Policy, Office of the Commissione , Maine DEP” <heather.parent@maine.gov>,  “Horn-Olsen, Samantha” <Samantha.Horn-Olsen@maine.gov>,  Ralph Chapman <chapmanHD37@gmail.com>,  Ben Chipman <votechipman@gmail.com>,  Emily Cain <emily.cain@gmail.com>,  Katherine Cassidy <katherine.cassidy@gmail.com>,  Jeff McCabe <jeffmccabe4me@gmail.com>, … Continue reading

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