Lithium is having a day

As mining news headlines go, just as in life, you should always look for the positive. Markets will wane, production numbers will drop, but a higher tide is always around the bend in this uber-cyclical industry. Right now, amid an issue that highlights critical minerals, there is a trend of encouraging news for lithium projects. In early April, Surge Battery…

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A warm welcome, fueled by coal

This editor is known for her collection of T-shirts emblazoned with sayings, my favorite being, “I am silently correcting your grammar.” Fitting, amiright? I have another, though, given to me some time ago from a coal company that has their name on the front, and the back reading, “My blood runs black.” I’ve often used that in my personal and…

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Looking forward 

It’s said that one should look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror; the latter is smaller for a reason. It seems apropos to offer that point as we look out over the coming year in mining since it is a new opportunity to work safely and productively as new benchmarks are set for success. In December, a…

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All in this together

Support. A simple concept, but in truth it can be complex. One can support themselves, but it is much easier when there are others around to share support for one another. When that support is for the same main goal…well, that is a win-win. The next time you attend an industry conference, look around. The speaker may be from operations,…

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Skills gap getting wider?

The skills gap has been a long-standing issue in mining. Generational employment has lessened over decades and has left the industry in a competition like never before to gain and retain safe and productive hires. Beyond mining’s front lines, the outlook doesn’t improve. Many industry experts in niche areas – think ventilation, ground control, modeling and planning, processing, and more…

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The beauty of partnerships

Take a poll of this industry and you’ll quickly find out that many of those in it love what they do. And in many cases, a significant portion of that is due to the industry itself and the people they work with. The mining community is a densely intertwined network of highly intelligent, motivated and hard-working individuals, and I’ve long…

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Importance of research

Few major decisions in life are made without research. The future of our world depends on someone, or many someones, to do perform due diligence on an action and following through on hypotheses to determine how to best tackle something. It is no different for mining. Consider this: had it not been for many before us conducting research, today’s mines…

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