Mike Saint to Keynote Re:Con 2016

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Saint Consulting’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Saint, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Re:Con. Re:Con (http://www.geosonicsvibratech.com/recon2016/) is the premier conference for blasting and blast-associated risk. Registration is now open.

The Permitting Process – Part 2

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Christopher Hopkins, Vice President of Saint Consulting is referenced in the article below featured in Pit & Quarry by Carol Wasson on May 7, 2015.   This two-part series educates producers on avoiding pitfalls and adopting best practices in pursuit of obtaining a permit. Read “The permitting process: Part 1? here. Part one of “The Permitting Process” detailed ways aggregate … Read More

The Permitting Process – Part 1

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Christopher Hopkins, Vice President of Saint Consulting is referenced in the article below featured in Pit & Quarry by Carol Wasson on April 25, 2015.   Maneuvering around the potential pitfalls in the permitting process may be likened to playing a fierce round of dodge ball. It takes gamesmanship, mental toughness, negotiation skills, preparation, persistence, and help from a talented … Read More

Reach out to community after winning quarry permits, Part 2

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(Chris Hopkins started a series for quarry owners based on what do you do, now that you have won your planning permit) By Chris Hopkins Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group You have received your permits and you are ready to open for business. Looking back on the bruising, time consuming and expensive permitting process, you grumble over the … Read More

You have your quarry permit, now what do you do?

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By Chris Hopkins, Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group You have just finished a long and bruising permitting process. Your opponents were aggressive and some were even ruthless, but in the end you prevailed, you received all of your permits and are readying to open for business.  Before you open, some community members approach you to discuss keeping a … Read More

Politics is great unknown in permitting any land use: do your homework

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By Christopher Hopkins Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining The Saint Consulting Group You drill to confirm that the product on the site is suitable, and your consultants conduct scientific studies to show your quarry expansion or greenfield project won’t damage water sources or the environment. The results are good, and you’re ready to file for permits. But not so … Read More

Chris Hopkins Leads Permitting Seminar at AE&M Expo, Dec 1-5

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Christopher Hopkins will lead a seminar on  “Running with Scissors, How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Wounds during the the Permitting Process’, at the American Exploration and Mining Association (formerly Northwest Mining Association) Exposition in Reno, NV in December. Chris, who is senior vice president of aggregates and mining for the Saint Consulting Group, will run the course as part of the … Read More

To Coal Critics: “God help you when the people find out. And they always do.”

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group On this first day of spring you can now take time to reflect on the winter past, the endless snow storms, the “polar vortex” that drove temperatures plunging, the “wind chill factor” that we all now generally understand. This winter was so cold that Chicago set a record for days of below zero … Read More

The End of the Pebble Partnership?

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group The infamous Pebble Partnership mining proposal in Bristol Bay, Alaska could be reaching the end of the road. At the very least it has had some very significant hurdles placed  in front of it on its quest for approval. The highly contentious mining proposal has been debated for the past 10 years and … Read More

Land Use Politics, 2013 in Review

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 By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group As with the preceding years 2013 has been an exciting and interesting one in the world of land use politics. Large development projects some successful, some not, have dominated headlines across the country. Depending on the industry sector, development is either beginning to take off for the first time since 2007 or in … Read More