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

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

Chris Hopkins Teaches Politics and Land Use Permitting at U. of Arizona, Oct 11-12

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Politics and Land Use Permitting is the latest course which Christopher Hopkins, senior vice president for mining and aggregates at Saint Consulting, is teaching this fall at the University of Arizona. The course is being conducted October 11-12 at the university’s Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, where Chris has been an adjunct professor since 2011. The course addresses the increased difficulty … Read More

Major Breakthrough in Clean Coal Technology Promises to Breathe New Life into US Coal Industry

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have found a way to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel. The recent process discovery  removes 99 percent of the carbons from coal while providing electricity. The secret appears to be in the heating of the coal rather than the burning of the coal. … Read More

Christopher Hopkins Elected to American Coal Council Board of Directors

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Christopher Hopkins, senior vice president for mining and aggregates at The Saint Consulting Group, has been elected to the American Coal Council Board of Directors. The Washington, D.C-based council represents the collective interests of the American coal industry in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source. Its members represent major coal suppliers, consumers, energy traders, … Read More

Do Personal Agendas Drive Federal Regulators?

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Alarming statements by a high-level federal regulator confirm a fear that many in the mining and energy industries have long harbored — that some federal regulatory staff have an agenda against mining and drilling projects, indeed against almost any project that harvests natural resources.

How To Stop A Mine In 3 Easy Steps, at NWMA, Reno, Nov. 30 at 8:00 AM

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Chris Hopkins, senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, will participate in a presentation on overcoming opposition to mining at the North West Mining Association in Reno, NV.
The presentation at NWMA’s 2011 Annual Meeting, on Wednesday November 30th at 8:00 am PST, will be “How to Stop a Mine in Three Easy Steps”, and will look at community opposition to an application from an opponent’s point of view.

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.

Chris Hopkins To Host Political Land Use Session at Re:Con 2012 in January

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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.

Voter Split On Lifting Uranium Mining Ban Is Opportunity For Proponents

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By Christopher M. Hopkins Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining The Saint Consulting Group Nearly 30 years since Virginia imposed a statewide moratorium on uranium mining, a new poll shows the ban remains a hotly contested political issue. Forty-one percent of registered voters favor ending the ban, and 41 percent are opposed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,434 … Read More