Category: From The Editor

From the Editor – Steve Fiscor – July 2018

Who Will Pay for the EPA’s Mistake?
This month, E&MJ devotes a significant amount of coverage to environmental management, looking at two examples where two companies used their engineering expertise to reduce mining’s impact on rivers. In “Remediation Helps Rescue a River,” Steven Lange discusses the geology of Colorado’s San Juan Caldera (cover photo) and the impact of Sunnyside Gold Corp.’s reclamation activities on the Animas River watershed. Due to the regional geology, heavy metals have been leaching into this watershed for millions of years. That same geology attracted miners and the abandoned mines have exacerbated the problem. In the relatively short period of time that Sunnyside Gold Corp. operated, their reclamation activities lessened the environmental impact from some of those abandoned mines significantly.
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From the Editor – Steve Fiscor – June 2018

The Stretch Assignment
Having attended the three largest mining trade shows worldwide so far this year, it’s easy to spot some trends in dialogue. One of them involves women in mining. The annual Society of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (SME) conference hosted a breakfast panel discussion (See Women in Mining, p. 74). The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) planned a session on sponsorships for women in mining, but canceled it due to allegations related to scandalous behavior by one of its sponsors, which was exposed by the #MeToo movement. The largest exposition in Latin America, Expomin, also held a similar discussion, which was well attended.
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