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    Tailing Ponds Case Study

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    Tailing ponds are one of the greatest environmental challenges that the Oil Sands Industries of Alberta and other locations in the world face today. Tailing Ponds can be described as large “dump holes” in which the industry exposes of all the waste materials obtained from the refinement of Bitumen - a raw material which can be processed into oil. Tailing Ponds include many different types of waste materials such as water, fine silts, residual bitumen, salts and soluble organic compounds. They also include solvents that are added to the oil sands during the separation process. After the oil has been extracted from the sand the residue is dumped into the tailings and quickly settles to the very bottom. A layer on top of the hardened sand is a mixture of clay and tailing called fine tailing. This mixture of clay and water is highly unstable in the environment as it takes many years to settle and solidify, even after many years the texture of this mixture may be that of yogurt. it may take as long as or even more than 30 years for a tailing pond to fully be reclaimed. The main reason why I chose this ecological issue of tailing ponds is because as a Canadian citizen who lives in Alberta, Fort McMurray - a city which has often been labeled the least environmentally…

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    The relevance or importance of environmental issues that are affecting populations locally and worldwide is growing and creating problems. Climate change, population growth, pollution, fossil fuels, alternative energy sources and many others are having an impact in our lives. Governments are implementing laws and policies aiming to reduce adverse impact to the environments. Scientists are busy studying and collecting data, new students enroll every year to study the environmental sciences. This…

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    Necessary Revolution is written by Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley. It discusses how people, organizations and nations are joining hands to come up with positive changes especially in light of sustainability problems that include global warming that is a threat to humanity and the environment. The book tries to lay emphasis on issues of sustainability which have brought about a global dilemma that affects nearly all of us. Their arguments are based on the…

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    has even been banned in a number of countries. There are two sides of the fracking debate where I’ve provided an article from both. The first side is the pro-fracking group they believe that there is no basis or proof that there are any environmental risks and the economic…

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    Background of Newmont Mining Corporation Newmont Mining Corporation was founded in 1916 by Colonel William Boyce Thompson. They are one of the world’s largest gold producers and become a listed company in New York Stock Exchange (NYSC) since 1940. Their business locates in US, Australia, Indonesia, Ghana, Canada, Peru, New Zealand and Mexico. Newmont Mining Corporation has approximately 35,000 employees and contractors worldwide. They are the only gold mining company included in S&P 500 Index…

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    most populous country with more than 1.1 billion. It is located centrally on Earth with everything a nation could ask for from nature. The country is rich is mineral ores which include magnetite, steel, coal and magnate. The country has an area of 3,287,590 km2. The political structure, legal system and legislation of Republic of Minas Tirith are in parimateria with that of Republic of India. Minas Tirith has signed all the major international conventions and treaties relating to environmental…

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    population of greater Sudbury is 160,274. The city of Sudbury lies on the western edge of Ramsey Lake. Sudbury has traditionally been known as a mining-based region. St. Charles is surrounded by the West Arm of Lake Nipissing and Lake Nepewassi. Which has led it to become a tourist attraction, tourists came for the great fishing, hunting and nature attractions. Environmental concerns and its indicators: Air pollution, air quality in the Greater Sudbury district has…

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    Government have a fundamental responsibility in regulating mining jobs and activities, especially activities that are prone to adverse reaction or effect on human lives and their communities. This is not the case in the United States where studies have found a great laxity in government enforcement of mining regulation. In addition, the safeguard of the public interest in terms of management of public owned interest and exploitation must be protected by the government. The apparent…

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    pollution affecting climate change comes from the burning of fossil fuels for generating power (Australian n.d.). The purpose of this essay is to discuss raising awareness about the detrimental effects of using fossil fuelled resources, as opposed to renewable resources for generating energy and how this is necessary in securing a sustainable future for electricity. The essay will discuss the effects of these issues on the 3 pillars of sustainability and the importance of raising awareness…

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    Broadly speaking the recent boom in mining investment in South America has generated wealth and presents an opportunity for economic growth and development but mines are not an infinite resources and increasing production has brought many international bodies to question environmental and political issues and whether the opening of these new mines bring all the benefits promised by the mining companies and government officials. Toronto is the global financial headquarters of the mine industry…

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