2015 Presentations

Mine Design, Operations and Closure Conference

2015 Presentations

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

General Permitting Session

Conservation Banks: When Avoidance and Minimization are not Enough
David Patrick, EcoAsset Management

Negotiating for Success
Andrea Gumm & Bryant Kuechle, The Langdon Group


Reclamation/Remediation Session I

Black Pine Mine – Engineering Evaluation and Repository Design
Devin Clary, Montana DEQ & Dustin Wasley, PE, Trihydro Corporation

Effective Application of Groundwater Modeling to Design Construction Dewatering and Water Treatment Infrastructure McLaren Tailings Reclamation Project
Mike Borduin, PE, Pioneer Technical Services & Tom Henderson, PhD, Montana DEQ

Remedial Action Efforts in the Oronogo-Duenweg Mining District in Jasper County, Missouri
John Carter, PE, RG, GeoEngineers, Inc.

NM-363 Tracer Study, Bunker Hill Superfund Site, East Fork Ninemile Creek Basin
Tom Mullen, PG & Erik Naylor, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.


Cultural Effects of Mining Session

Saloon Archaeology in Virginia City, Nevada—and Beyond
Kelly Dixon, PhD, University of Montana

A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Cultural Resources and Vermont's Elizabeth Mine Superfund Cleanup
Matt Kierstead, Milestone Heritage Consulting


Happenings in Other States Session

A Semi-Passive Approach to Treating Acid Mine Drainage at a Reclaimed Coal Mine
Tyler Chatriand, PE, Sovereign Consulting, Inc.

Treatment of Leach Pad Waters at the Landusky Mine
Jack Adams, PhD, INOTEC

Introduction to the Phosphate Patch of Southeast Idaho
Steve Opp, Bureau of Land Management & Diane Wheeler, USDA Forest Service

Passive Selenium Treatment with a Biowall
Cam Stringer, NewFields


Wednesday,   May   6,   2015

Mine Operations Session

Recycling of PGMs at Stillwater Mine Company
Greg Roset, Stillwater Mining Company

The Eagle Story
Mike Welch, Eagle Mine, Lundin Mining Company

Newmont’s Leeville Turf No. 3 Ventilation Shaft: Sinking through Frozen Ground
Jonathan Taylor, Amec Foster Wheeler
Presentation is not posted at the author’s request


Water Treatment & Management Session

Zero Discharge LAD System, Black Butte Copper Project, Montana and Comment on Select Historic Systems
Allan Kirk, Geomin Resources, Inc. & Greg Bryce, Hydrometrics, Inc.

Suggested Guidelines for Evaluating Groundwater Resources in NEPA Documents Addressing Hardrock Exploration Drilling Projects on National Forest System Lands: An Update in Light of Recent Court Decisions
Greg Graham, USDA Forest Service

Rock Mechanics Research at Hecla Ltd’s Lucky Friday Mine
Bob Golden, Hecla Ltd.


Reclamation/Remediation Session II

Emergency Response at the Ute Ulay Mine Tailings Site, Lake City, Colorado
Michael Gobla, PE, US Bureau of Reclamation

Holden Mine Remedial Action Construction Update, Chelan County, WA
Peter Jones, USDA Forest Service

Geomorphic Reclamation – Approaches and Lessons Learned
Mark Donner, PE & Tyrel Hulet, PE, Trihydro

Interactive Effects of Amendments on Plant Uptake of Soil Arsenic
Deicy Sanchez, Montana State University

MT. Polley and Montana’s Response
Tammy Johnson, Montana Mining Association & Mark Thompson, Montana Resources


Thursday,   May   7,   2015

On Foreign Soil Session

Mining Potential Mentor Resources in Support of Engineers without Borders
Alan Kirk, Geomin Resources, Inc. & Lisa Kirk, PhD, PG, Enviromin

Mine Operations & Closure Issues in the Republics of Georgia and Armenia
Mike Burnside, USDA Forest Service – retired


Mine Planning Session

Are We Really Designing for Closure?
Cat Dreesbach, MS, PE, Micon International & Lisa Kirk, PhD, PG, Enviromin

Environmental Geochemistry Baseline Studies for Tintina’s Black Butte Cu-Co-Ag Project, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
Lisa Kirk, PhD, PG, Enviromin


Concluding Session

The Calvert Mine, Pioneer Mountains, Montana: A Summary of the Site Geology, Pit-lake Chemistry, and Tungsten-skarn Mineralogy
Chris Gammons, PhD, & Joshua Messenger, MS student, Montana Tech

Portals in Environmental Management – A South African Perspective
Katherine Botha, USDA Forest Service