With Some Account of the Geology of Other Pyritic Ore Bodies
Author: John Walter Gregory
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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Copper has been mined and processed at the Mount Lyell mine at Queenstown in western Tasmania for a century but it was not until Copper Mines of Tasmania took the Mount Lyell mine over in 1994 that more than scant regard was paid to protecting the ennvironment. Historically, the mine was a economic focal point for western Tasmanian development, with towns, railways and governments all dependent on its fate. But the environmental impact and costs of this prosperity were high. With ' new' industries on the west coast such as ecotourism and aquaculture, which depend on a 'clean' environment, the existing and continuing pollution from historic mining practices does not meed the present expectations of society and remediation solutions are needed. The environmental impacts include: tailings, slag and acid drainage into reviers and a delta of tailings the size of a city suburb in Macquarie Harbour; all aquatic life in the Queen River and lower King River has been killed;' waterways contaiminated with toxic metals, particularly copper, representing a potential hazard to the fishing industry and other harbour uses; vegetation on Queenstown hills destroyed by felling, fire, erosion and toxic fumes from smelting. Smelting ended in the 1960s and Copper Mines of Tasmania has built a dam to contain tailings. Copper Mines of Tasmania's modern environmental management plan is based on 'best practice environmental management' principles. The Mount Lyell Remeadiation Research and Demonstration Program has collected technical information and designed a remediation plan to redress environmental damage relating to Mount Lyell activities. the program is one of Australia's most comprehensive responses to large-scale environmental damage. The program's field trials have studies cost-effective ways to reverse the environmental damage affecting Mount Lyell, Macquarie Harbour and the King and Queen Rivers. The program is of national and international significance as an example of responsible environmental management and it also has strong local significance to the economy and quality of life for the west coast of Tasmania. The Commonwealth (through the Supervising Scientist, part of Environment Australia) and Tasmanian governments (Department of Environment and Land Management) jointly managed the program and have provided a total of $2m for research, field trials/reports, as well as community consultation/education and administration for two and a half years. This report summarises the program's outcomes.
At any given moment in our history Australia has been in the middle of a mining boom. This timely book is a history of the iconic Australian towns that arose with these booms over a century: Broken Hill, Mount Isa, Queenstown, Mount Morgan, Port Pirie and Kambalda. Mining Towns shows the rich cultural and historical legacy these towns helped create as townspeople – those working below the ground and those above – sought to make their lives in them. The current ‘fly-in-fly-out’ mining culture means we may not see the likes of them again, which, as this book shows, will be a great loss.
The Rise and Decline of a British Mining House, 1926–1998
Author: Robert Porter
Publisher: ANU Press
Consolidated Gold Fields was a major British mining house founded by Cecil Rhodes in 1892. Diversifying from its South African gold interests, the company invested widely during the following century. This included investments in the Western Australian gold sector from the 1920s and exploration and mining activities elsewhere in Australia and the Territory of New Guinea. In the 1960s, Consolidated Gold Fields Australia (CGFA) was formed. CGFA had ambitious plans and the financial backing from London to establish itself as one of the main diversified mining companies in Australia. Investments were held in the historic Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, in Renison, and it was one of the first groups to develop iron ore deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia. It also acquired a major interest in mineral sands. While the London-based Consolidated Gold Fields ceased to exist in 1989, taken over and dismembered by renowned corporate raider Hanson Plc, its Australian subsidiary, renamed Renison Goldfields Consolidated (RGC), continued for another nine years as a diversified mining group before it suffered its own corporate demise, facilitated by Hanson. CGFA and RGC were important participants in Australia’s post–World War II mining sector. This book is a history of a once great British mining-finance house and its investments in Australia. Consolidated Gold Fields had a rich and broad history in Australia; its ultimate fate did not demonstrate its potential as an Australian mining company.
This book represents an important new contribution to the literature that presents practical and comprehensive solutions to mining activities. Its timely content has been prepared by several experts from around the world and its practical format addresses the major environmental predictive techniques required for the extraction and processing of metal resources. Packed with reviews and case studies, it covers current methods used to forecast environmental effects of metal mining.
Characterization, Treatment and Environmental Impacts
Author: Bernd Lottermoser
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book provides comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the accumulation of wastes at mine, including sulfidic mine wastes, mine water, tailings, cyanidation wastes of gold-silver ores, radioactive wastes of uranium ores, and wastes of phosphate and potash ores. The updated second edition includes new case studies; presents crucial aspects of mine wastes as scientific issues; reflects major developments and contemporary issues in mine waste science; additional figures; and an updated reference list.