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Mining and the Environment: From Ore to Metal [Paperback]

Karlheinz Spitz , John Trudinger

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4 Dec 2008 0415465109 978-0415465106

The history of mining is replete with controversy, much of it relating to environmental damage and consequent community outrage. Over recent decades there has been increasing pressure to improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations, particularly in developing countries. The industry has responded by embracing the ideals of corporate social responsibility.

This book identifies and discusses the wide range of social and environmental issues pertaining to mining, with particular reference to mining in developing countries from where many of the project examples and case studies have been selected. Following an introductory overview of the issues of concern, the book illustrates how environmental impact assessment as defined in "The Equator Principles", integrates with the mining lifecycle, and how environmental assessment aims to eliminate the negative and to accentuate the positive mining impacts. The text illustrates the wide range of environmental and social concerns and opportunities. Practical approaches are provided to manage issues ranging from land acquisition and resettlement or indigenous peoples issues, through the technical aspects of acid rock drainage and mine waste management, to a thorough analysis of ways and means of sharing mining benefits with host communities so that these benefits are not transitory, allowing mining to become a sustainable economic activity.

The wide coverage of issues raised illustrated by many real-life case studies, makes this practice-oriented book a reference and key reading for operators in the field, as well as for environmental consultants, regulators, and students. This book will also be of interest to environmental personnel in the oil & gas industry as much of the subject matter applies to the extractive industries as a whole.

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"As a textbook, Mining and the Environment is ideal for university-level students who want or need to understand the full range of environmental issues relating to mining."
Mining Environmental Management, December 2008

"The wide coverage of issues, particularly the social sustainability issues of mining and the many case studies make this a good reference book for environmental and sustainability consultants, engineers, regulators and operators in the mining industry."

"Given the in depth analysis of issues, and te presentation style with a good number of sketches, photos and an easily understandable narration, I can recommend this as an essential text book for mining students and those who want to move to the mine environmental management area."
The Environmental Engineer, August 2009

"Spitz and Trudinger excel in providing an accessible, in-depth technical account of the mining process from the perspective of management of environmental and, to a lesser extent, social issues - all in a single volume. [...] Mining and the environment is an epic, expansive and crucial resource for all those engaged in research, practice and advocacy on mining and sustainable development."
—Daniel Franks, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland


This book fills a large gap in current mining and environmental literature, providing a wide-ranging coverage of all environmental and social aspects of mining under a single cover.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any engineer and scientist working in the mining industry 24 Mar 2009
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Diane Germain, Hydrogeochem Environnement, Quebec, Canada:
The book `Mining and the Environment' is a must for any engineer and scientist working in the mining industry, in particular to those in mine development, i.e. from ore to metal. Teachers in mining development, in environment and in ecology will find this textbook an excellent source of information for environmental impact assessment, tailings disposal, acid mine drainage, environmental management, monitoring, the definition of a baseline, evaluating impacts, mine site rehabilitation, etc.

In brief, this book:
provides a global view of the close relationship between mining and the environment;
presents comprehensive framework for an environmental impact assessment, the baseline, identifying and evaluating impacts;
presents a step-by-by step approach to establish an environmental impact assessment: when it is required, the procedure, the management, the environmental baseline, the monitoring, etc.
establishes the links between causes and effects of project impacts, and their perception depending on cultural heritage; the benefits of public involvement and its risks of high expectation;
balances man made negative impacts relative to mining operations and maximum environmental protection and potential social benefits;

The book layout is in itself a piece of art. It includes numerous photos, figures and tables that help to understand complex concepts. There is more. It contains worldwide pertinent examples on various aspects related to mining and the environment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to start with the mining understanding 27 Dec 2012
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I recommend this book, it has an important scope...It has good structure of chapters and very open with important details..
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the standard 21 Oct 2012
By Michael Kiernan - Published on
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a clear and comprehensive compilation on this most important area. a guide manual for excellence for the practitioner in aim for.
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