Environment

Planning for closure in the oil sands

Gillian Woodford

Mine closure designer Neeltje Slingerland argues that better tailings planning now will mean a smoother – and cheaper – path to reclamation

The internet of tailings

Cecilia Keating

Tailings storage facility monitoring is getting a makeover, as solutions available to miners automate and take advantage of cloud-based data management systems, improvements in battery technology, and the internet of things.

Tailings to the rescue

Greg Dipple of UBC has discovered that certain mine tailings can be used for carbon sequestration, and the implications could be enormous

Clear and clean

Water is an existential concern for miners, and as fresh water becomes less available, mining companies are looking for ways to reduce and recycle the water they use