Mining jobs and infrastructure development should be balanced by the creation of local businesses. Enterprise Facilitation® has been successfully used, globally, for the past 25 years and it has come to the attention of mining companies for its ability to engender a local ‘can do’ attitude that promotes community pride and self reliance. Enterprise Facilitation teaches local entrepreneurs how to ‘fish’ and it avoids practices that are both expensive and unsustainable.
A recent study determined that the United States remains the most difficult country to navigate the political permitting process. Permitting delays in the United States are rated as the most significant risk factor when considering mining investment in the country.
At the tri-annual Con Expo-Con/Agg Convention in Las Vegas, there was still belief that the aggregates industry is poised for more consolidation with the major players still selling off assets to more regional family-owned companies that were not as exposed during the recession.
The U.S. Interior Department has announced plans to sell mining leases for federal lands in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin holding about 750 million tons of coal.
Christopher Hopkins, the senior vice president for aggregates and mining at The Saint Consulting Group, will lead a course on overcoming communityi opposition to development at CONExpo in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 23.
it’s time for Americans to consider a different type of mining, what is often referred to as “rare earth” mineral mining. These are some of the world’s most obscure but valuable minerals, 15 elements used in a variety of ways to produce products that are vital to national defense, our economic future, our technological future, and even our environmental future.
People oppose mining development for a number of reasons, to protect the environment, to preserve the character of the community and because the product that is being mined is extremely controversial. Here is an Arizona Daily Star interview with two leading opponents of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine in Arizona.
By Christopher Hopkins Rare earth minerals are a key element to the 21st century economy and beyond. With China currently producing the vast majority of the products, are we substituting one foreign dependency for another? Here’s a link (click here) to an excellent New York Times article on the future of the rare earth mineral supply and the impact it … Read More
The general public is asked to consider mining’s impact on the environment, the economy, the landscape, home values and impacts on communities. One consideration that has gone virtually unnoticed or worse yet not questioned in any great magnitude what effect the decline in mining in the United States is having on our national security.
By Chris Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining, The Saint Consulting Group In a recent report, The Daily Telegraph in the UK looked at the decline of global gold production and efforts by Barrick Gold, the world’s top producer, to wind down the remaining 3 million ounces of its infamous hedge book over the next 12 months, an implicit bet … Read More