Food for Thought

Whether you are a longtime Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) reader or you have picked up the magazine by chance at either the Society of Mining Engineers’ (#SME2015) or the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (#PDAC2015) annual conference, I would like to welcome you to our February 2015 edition. Much as it has done for nearly 150 years, E&MJ offers its readers useful information related to mining and mineral processing in a concise format.

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A New Year Begins

Happy New Year. As 2015 begins, most mining companies will gladly bid farewell to 2014. As it does every year, E&MJ published the Project Survey. Readers will notice that the tabular data that describe many of the new projects is much shorter than years past. The survey sums it up succinctly, “…boardrooms have become increasingly reticent to commit to high-budget investments until greater market clarity re-emerges.”

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Proposed Rule Draws Fire From Former Commissioners

During late November, a letter drafted by retired chairman of the U.S. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Mike Duffy and signed by 10 former members of the commission notified the Secretary of Labor that it did not agree with the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) proposed changes to section 30 CFR 100.

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Economies of Scale

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

This month, E&MJ publishes the 2014 Iron Ore Report. Iron ore production is one of the most important aspects of the mining business. Readers might recall January 2014’s Project Survey, which pegged iron ore project investment at $261 billion or one-third of the total mining project investment of $791 billion. The level of growth in this area has slowed more recently, but it’s still a major aspect of the mining business.

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Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief, EMJ, Engineering Mining Journal
Steve Fiscor heads a world class group of writers and editors serving the mining and construction markets. He has served as editor-in-chief for E&MJ since 2003 and Coal Age since 2001. He writes articles on mining and processing, organizes the technical programs for several conferences, and produces many of MMI's ancillary products.