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Risk and Resilience in Mining

We are only two weeks away from the Risk and Resilience in Mining Conference to be held in Vancouver (Nov. 13th to 16th) with the following program. Risk and Resilience in Mining Lat’s adopt a bit of a polemical stance, just to stir the discussion. First of all, in particular as it relates to the term resilience, are we sure we need to “invent a new word” for it? Isn’t it just “returning to good sense engineering” what we need?…

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The Long Shadow of Human Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises

The Long Shadow of Human Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises is the title of a chapter written by C. Oboni & F. Oboni of the book entitled Geohazards Caused by Human Activity (ISBN 978-953-51-4765-7, Arvin Farid, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Civil Engineering, Boise State University, Idaho, USA, Editor). The book is due to be e-published soon by Intech with the goal to provide free online access to research. The Long Shadow of Human Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises The purpose of…

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100 years 289 tailings dams failures history

100 years 289 tailings dams failures history is the result brought in by a very detailed research (www.csp2.org) including a freely downloadable database and several explanatory and interpretative papers by Bowker and Chambers. 100 years 289 tailings dams failures history The database contains (on October 7th 2016) 289 failures occurred in 2016-1915= 101 years. The database contains all reported, failures in the period, from irrelevant/small released volumes, short runout distances, no victims, to the recent large failures (Mount Polley and…

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Samarco dam disaster cumulative damages effects

We have read a great number of articles related to the true cost of the failure of Samarco dam, but only recently we saw the Samarco dam disaster cumulative damages effects actually detailed (see below). The dam failed in November 2015, killing at least 19 people, making 700 people homeless, and polluting hundreds of miles of Rio Doce river, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. In its annual report, just filed last week, BHP Billiton detailed what the true…

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