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Maine’s Pristine Public Lands In Statutory Limbo: Large Scale Metallic Mining On Public Lands Presently Authorized Under Relaxed Environmental Law

Mining, including Metallic Mining, has been allowed by Statute  in Maine back to 1977 under Title 12, the statute that protects and conserves public lands.  Referred to as the “Mining on Public Lands Statute”,  it designates  “Director of Survey ( … Continue reading

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Self Bonding For $2.7 billion in Closure Costs Could Translate to Public Liability Federal Lawmakers Fear

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20150625/NEWS06/150629912?tags=58|310|83|80|61 This article reports a re examination of the public liability implications of U.S. federal policy allowing “self bonded” financial closure for coal miners. The issues raised are obviously also relevant for metallic mining  under regulatory requirements for financial assurance for … Continue reading

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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 … 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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It Is Time To Commission a Panel of Risk Finance and Underwriti​ng Experts To Review Financial Capacity of British Columbias 10 existing Mine Operators

  I only just stumbled across this article rightly questioning the wisdom of allowing Imperials other two mines , Huckleberry and Red Chris, both in B.C. to continue until a through  reexamination and “audit” is conducted.  ​http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/08/15/Imperial-Metals-Mine-Safety/   I was … Continue reading

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Canada & Canadian Owned Mines In Foreign Countries Determine The Unacceptably High Risk & Loss Profile of Mines Globally

I am sure Mining Watch Canada and WMAN have long been aware of the stats and facts on Canadas global mining dominance which have appeared in the wake of the Mt. Polley TSF failure. Looking at these stats in the … Continue reading

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SEDIMENTS KEY ISSUE AT MT. POLLEY AND ONE THE B.C. GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BE AVOIDING

Background & Analysis: Total Volume Of Mt Polley TSF Failure Significantly Higher RevIsed Estimate Puts Toxic Sediments at 60% of Total Spill Volume    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mount-polley-mine-spill-78-larger-than-1st-estimates-1.2755974 (10/2/2014This table presumably now shows corrected  table.  B.C. MOM issued this errata on 9/27http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/eemp/incidents/2014/mount-polley/pdf/20140929/Memo-QuesnelSedimentQualityCorrection-Sept24.pdf  W … 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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