|Birch Lake on the Gunflint Trail|
Photo by J. Harrington
Because it's Christmas season, I'll be brief in enumerating what I see as some critical points.
- According to an April 2016 story in that bastion of environmental radicalism, the Wall Street Journal, Mining Dams Grow to Colossal Heights, and So Do the Risks
- The National Park Service has identified high failure rates for tailings dams
- BLM maintains an inventory of known abandoned mine lands on public lands. Most of the sites are abandoned hardrock mines. As of April 18, 2014, the inventory contained nearly 46,000 sites and 85,000 features. Approximately 23% of the sites have either been remediated, have reclamation actions planned or underway, or do not require further action. The remaining 80% require further investigation and/or remediation.
- The USEPA is working toward remediation and beneficial reuse of many abandoned mines and related superfund sites
- Mining has operated in such a way that its very social license to operate may be denied, or like some leases, not renewed in some locales.
- the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed approaches for environmentally sensitive "green" mining.
- The Mining Association of Canada has an initiative Towards Sustainable Mining
- There's also the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, which is working toward Standards for Responsible Mining
- The United Nations has a public consultation on how mining can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
An Identity Crisis
I certainly know who I am . . .I can get away with being politically incorrect.I am the ambassador to First Nations’ poetic expressions& as Kinsella pompously put it straight“I have the license to do so.”what a magical way to escape tyranny!just like Trudeau & Chrétien hiding beneath cowboy hatsnevertheless & back to the point,call me cowboycall me First Nationscall me aboriginalcall me nativecall me chugcall me skinif you must,but never call me Indian.I call myself that!& if you feel guilty when I say so,this is not about postcolonial rhetoricit is about an identity crisis
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