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Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship (TMW2015) in Vancouver

Soon we will participate in the conference Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship (TMW2015) in Vancouver. Tailings and Mine waste 2015 focusing on risks and tailings stewardship We were puzzled to still see some papers and hearing some talks confusing the term “risk” for consequence of an adverse event or likelihood of an event. The result of those glossary slips is confusion and difficulties in performing practical risk assessments. Like in other industries, most of…

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Tailings and mine waste 2015 (TMW2015) is about to start.

Tailings and mine waste 2015 At this conference we will present a paper on Tailings Facility Failures in 2014 and an Update on Failure Statistics. In addition we will give a short course on Risk Assessment, Decision Making, and Management of Mine Waste Facilities. In the paper we are looking at statistics of tailings dam failures. 2014 reportedly had three major tailings facilities failures: Mt Polley in British Columbia (Canada), Duke Energy Eden facility in North Carolina (USA), and Columbano failure…

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Old Mines, Tainted Waters and The Plagues of Egypt.

Old Mines, Tainted Waters and The Plagues of Egypt. I have always been of the opinion that mythology, ancient Greek Gods, the disappearance of Atlantis, the Plagues of Egypt and many more “legends” were actually accounts of real events, reinterpreted, distorted and made more vivid by millennials of oral transmission, re-interpretations and sheer thrill in magnifying horror stories still present in our media. At each new report of massive oil spills, red tides, masses of plastic debris floating in our…

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Mining in the Appalachians, West Virginia, and Health Consequences to neighboring population.

Mining in the Appalachians, West Virginia, and Health Consequences We have recently read about US Federal officials planning to recommend the National Academy of Sciences to review a series of studies that have found residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations facing increased rates of serious illnesses and premature death. The request is a consequence of more than two dozens of peer-reviewed publications by Former West Virginia University researcher Michael Hendryx and other scientists stating that residents living near mountaintop…

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What M. Planck, G.B. Shaw and A. Rand have to do with Risk Management?

What M. Planck, G.B. Shaw and A. Rand  have to do with Risk Management? Max Planck wrote: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” At Riskope belong to those who argue that the transition from faith and luck, which were two pillars, fortunately not the only ones, of planning/managing the future of…

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Why when approaching Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning one needs to know about Ostriches, Denial, and Prayers.

Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning While the world was feeling the aftershocks of the Great Recession, we wrote about 16 common Human traits when dealing with hazards and risks. Some of those 16 traits lead individuals and often their organizations to assume stances called Ostrich, Denial or Prayer, resulting in flawed Strategic, Tactical & Operational planning options and occasionally exposing them (and their neighbors, their environment, society at large) to significant hazards which could generate large unintended consequences, i.e. large risks leading to…

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Ethics in mining, oil and other natural resources fields

Ethics in mining, oil and other natural resources fields We participated in a debate on ethics in mining at CIM 2015 (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum). It was stated that more than any other industry, mining requires holistic approaches because impacts are indeed holistic. Interesting to note that when discussing about ethics everyone seems to accept the idea of holistic impacts, yet nobody objects to common practice risk assessments that most of the time censor and bias impacts…

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State of Practice for Tailings Management Workshop at CIM 2015 Montreal, Mount Polley Failure

State of Practice for Tailings Management Workshop at CIM 2015 Montreal, Mount Polley Failure State of Practice for Tailings Management Workshop at CIM 2015 Montreal, Mount Polley Failure summarizes part of the conversations and presentations which took place, as Riskope interprets them. The Tailings Management Workshop started with a Panel, Ministry, Legal and CIM, CAD positions’ review, in particular with respect to the tailings dam accident occurred on Aug. 4th, 2014, at Mount Polley, B.C., Canada. Incidentally, we reported immediately after…

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