Friday, August 15, 2014

Hubris: The Certainty of the Mining Industry

Mount Polley Mine Tailings Pond Dam. Water almost meets water standards according to mine CEO 
There's a tired old joke about discerning lying politicians by observing the mobility of their lips and there is a close parallel to mines and their assertions about the hazards of their operations.

Before a mine can begin operation in the US, owners must submit Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to the federal government. The percentage of mines that predict low impacts to water quality in their EISs is 100%, according to a 2008 report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In actuality, the number that actually pollute ground and surface waters is summed up in the report by a simple phrase: "the majority".
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  1. As a geologist I both love and hate mines. The open a portal to some amazing things. Then they crush them up and destroy them. As a fisherman, a just plain flat out despise mines.

    1. I suppose we all tend to enjoy the things that extractive industries bring us. But the how and the where need to be done much better. Thanks for the comment.