#MineClosurePerspectives: Landscape Restoration

#MineClosurePerspectives: Landscape Restoration

All mining operations are unique and impressive responses to their particular contexts; consequently all mine closure projects are unique too – there is no standard formula or check-list for delivering them. What happens at and after closure is an important factor in...

#MineClosurePerspectives: Communities

#MineClosurePerspectives: Communities

In recent years some mining companies have moved beyond simply managing their environmental and social impacts to actively contributing to (sustainable) development in the locations and countries where they operate. This makes business sense as it improves the...

#MineClosurePerspectives: Mineral Wastes

#MineClosurePerspectives: Mineral Wastes

Mining inevitably produces waste materials, often on a massive scale. Billions of tonnes of mineral wastes are produced annually, with some commentators even suggesting, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that mining companies could equally be considered as waste management...

#MineClosurePerspectives: Ecological Restoration

#MineClosurePerspectives: Ecological Restoration

‘We’ll just plant a few trees and walk away’ replied the mining company director after I’d asked him what thoughts had been given to restoring his post-mining land. He was pulling my leg, I think… The restoration of post-mining land is often stipulated in legislation...

#MineClosurePerspectives: AMD Creatives

#MineClosurePerspectives: AMD Creatives

In my last blog I introduced the vexing mine closure issue of acid and metalliferous drainage, or AMD. Acid drainage is a major environmental challenge for the global mining industry, but there are some creatively-minded people who have discovered value in issues as...

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