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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. Additionally 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…

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Mining Water Stewardship

Mining water stewardship can avoid the industry running into a global crisis. The Global Risk Report of World Economic Forum (WEF) has indeed identified water as one of the top five risk generating scenarios that could most impact society over the next decade. Mining Water Stewardship The International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) has developed guidance documents on responsible stewardship. Mining water stewardship is not only altruistic. Mining operators that do not address water issues may have unacceptable returns…

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3 reasons to follow our course at Tailings Mine Waste 16

I can think of at least 3 reasons to follow our course at Tailings Mine Waste 16 (TMW2016): a)“Bring Your Own” approach. If you “present a case (make it anonymous to respect confidentiality)”, we will discuss it and propose a road-map to solve the Risk Assessment in the most efficient way (subject to time availability, number of requests, suitability). You will be tapping into more than 20 years of quantitative risk assessment experience on dams, but also on tailings systems…

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Samarco Fundão Dam Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA

Brazilian newspaper had access to police transcripts Samarco Fundão Dam Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA became the center of a recent article in the Brazilian media which described an exchange of messages by Samarco’s internal communication system, reportedly between the company president at the time of the breakup of the Fundão Dam, Ricardo Vescovi, and various directors. In the exchange they discussed the use of FMEA. The newspaper Estado de São Paulo had reportedly access to the transcript, made with…

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Should you listen to your insurer for your business cyber risk management?

Cyber security is a relatively new subject in businesses management. It first emerged in the 80ies with password guessing, featured in movies like Wargame with the rudimentary attack sophistication of those times. But Should you listen to your insurer for your business cyber risk management? The attack sophistication increased gradually. By the end of 2000, elaborate hacking devices (Stuxnet worm) that could only be issued by cooperating military forces were born. To date no state has officially claimed ownership. However anonymous…

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Project risks budget exceedance used as a rejecting argument by activists

Project risks budget exceedance used as a rejecting argument by activists popped on our radar-screen a few days ago. Indeed we recently read an article stating that Environmentalists want the Ontario government (Canada) to abandon plans for a $13-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station. We could not help but to remember a post we wrote about mega projects and the numerous cognitive biases that flaw our human reasoning. Indeed poorly made risk assessments, foster internal and…

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10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management

10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management. Recently CIM-Magazine interviewed Riskope on the subject of Tailings Dams failures. The conversation took place in the aftermath of Mount Polley incident. At the time of the interview the Samarco disaster in Brazil had still yet to come. 10 voices comment on the risk of maintaining Status Quo in Tailings Management. In that paper ten experts freely comment on Mount Polley and other mining projects, with special…

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The Ten Plagues of Egypt and our world at the transition between the Electromechanical and the Cyberinformational Era on our planet.

In a prior post we discussed large scale water contamination. We related it to a planetary plague, with dear consequences unless we decide to “rewrite” the future. We imagined how, unless we take robust decisions, in a distant future, archaeologists will likely find books or some records relating events that are occurring under our eyes, namely wide-spread water contamination.  They may consider them like the first Plague of Egypt. What is the relationship between The Ten Plagues of Egypt and…

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