Chris Hopkins To Host Session on Political Hurdles of Mine Permitting at Re:Con 2012

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Christopher Hopkins, the senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, will host a session on “Navigating the Political Hurdles of Mine Permitting” at the Re:Con 2012 on January 15-18 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL.

This session addresses strategies for overcoming community objections and negotiating political hurdles during thepermitting process on the local, state and federal level. Overcoming community opposition can be done if you understand that it is an ongoing and political process.

Questions that will be discussed:

  • Practices for obtaining your permits when faced with organized community opposition?
  • The benefits of conducting a political due diligence prior to filing a land use application.
  • How to prepare for the political aspects of the public hearing process.

Once you are open for business, we will discuss strategies for maintaining a strong community presence.

Re:Con 2012 is billed as the premier conference for blasting and blast-associated risk. Attendees are invited to learn about communicating with the public and improve productivity from experts in vibration and accoustic monitoring. To attend Chris’s session and to sign up for the conference, find details here.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering and Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona. He oversees all of Saint Consulting’s work in the quarry and mining industries in the US, United Kingdom and Canada. He is a regular speaker on overcoming the difficulties of permitting aggregate quarries and mineral mines before such organizations as the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Northwest Mining Association, American Coal Council and the Mineral Products Association in the United Kingdom.

Chris Hopkins is senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, email, phone             615 656 3794

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