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Regardless of world market conditions, to win, sustain, and maintain the right to mine is all about sustainability. Waste water management is emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining resource industries, i.e. related to the following activities: coal bed methane water (CBMw), LNG waste water, oil shale water, coal mining, open pit and underground mining, natural gas extraction, hydrocarbons, metallurgical ore processing, surface and underground earthworks and drainage, and underground coal gasification. This waste water management course has been designed to educate people from the mining, metallurgical, oil, and gas sectors who have to manage waste water issues associated with their day to day activities. This course will equip them with a basic knowledge and understanding of water management tools and strategies, including knowledge of the common terms associated with the water treatment industry. The course does not replace professional advice; however, it does allow informed discussions with professionals. Traditionally, waste water management is encountered in most energy resource extraction, mining, and ore processing activities. All of these industries are facing increasing scrutiny, regulation, competition for land access, and "angst" from local landholders (farmers) and stakeholders (agricultural and urban development). These crucial stakeholders have the perception of their water resource being potentially polluted, and/or reduced in available volume by the resource industry unless proved otherwise. They are concerned about sustainability, potential pollution issues, and access to the water resource itself. Water is the principal vehicle by which potential pollutants in untreated wastewater can be carried from these industries to local habitats potentially impacting on the local surface areas, the local environment, and underground aquifers—especially where this water is accessed and applied through traditional practices such as irrigation. In extreme cases, the polluted water could impact on human life itself. So, in order to demonstrate responsible stewardship over the water resource being extracted, this course gives a practical framework in order to create a robust sustainable water management solution (plan) that has the components of assessing the: raw waste water quality; final stage target water quality; potential beneficial uses for the water; treatment options to achieve the targets outlined above; and a risk assessment process that avoids harm to the environment while realising long-term sustainable benefits. Author Ralph Gunness   Duration 9 Hours Access 90 Days Category Environment Level Specialize Version Date August 16, 2016   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

In order to understand the impacts of metals on aquatic ecosystems, it is first important to understand the principles of ecology, what an aquatic ecosystem is, and how metals from all stages in the life of a mine are discharged to these ecosystems. The author then examines the properties of metals and how they enter these ecosystems from mining and other human activities. The author presents the properties and uses of specific metals that are mined, or byproducts of mining, in Canada and other countries, and the toxic effects of these metals on fish, other aquatic organisms, and humans. This is followed by an explanation of various toxicity testing methods, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to prevent and control the generation and discharge of acid rock drainage (ARD). The case studies include mine histories, the toxic metals and/or cyanide that are or were generated and discharged to the aquatic environment, actions taken to prevent and control discharge of these pollutants, and the results of the source control actions. Authors Dr. Frances Solomon   Duration 12 Hours Access 90 Days Category Environment Level Specialize Version Date  March 9, 2017   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More   Read More

This course provides a non-technical introduction to the use and management of cyanide on a global basis. The course is designed to provide the global picture of cyanide use and how it compares with other chemicals used around the world. Cyanide is used in gold mining operations, however, there is much confusion regarding the real impact of cyanide use in mining. This course attempts to dispel the myths and mysteries surrounding cyanide and provide reliable facts and figures. The course begins with an examination of the production, use, treatment, and transportation of cyanide worldwide, followed by discussions of its technical properties, risks, and management. Subsequent courses in the Cyanide Management in Mining series detail specific technical aspects highlighted in this introductory course. Authors Dr. Terry Mudder   Duration: 4 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Environment Level: Introduce Originally Published: August 17, 2018 Updated:  July 7, 2021         ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

This course is intended for a broad-based audience of managers, professionals, students and concerned stakeholders in mining who require an understanding of the concepts and issues of sustainable development. Sustainable Development in Mining focuses on the underlying concepts and issues that apply specifically to the mining industry. Included are the sustainable development concepts of... economic growth that preserves the earth's biophysical integrity; optimization of the societal benefits of economic development; system quality... which systems should be preserved/improved; a more equitable distribution of the benefits and burdens of economic growth ... both within the present generation and between present and future generations; greater public participation in the decision-making process. These concepts are illustrated by numerous case studies and examples from mining projects, and further supported by a discussion of mineral consumption, recycling and resource depletion. Authors Marcello Veiga Stephen Roberts   Duration: 14 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Environment Level: Cross Train Version Date: October 10, 2005   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

This course is developed under a collaborative agreement with the Learning Strategies Group, a division of Simon Fraser University Business. It is one of a series of courses on business administration applications in mining. Understanding and managing the interactions along the interface between business, community, and government is becoming an increasingly critical component of managerial competency and organizational success. The focus of the course will be to highlight the nature and dynamics of these interactions among multiple players with different goals and concerns—corporations, communities, First Nations, interest groups, unions, governments—and the development of perspectives, tools, and strategies that today's leaders and managers can put to use on the ground and in the boardroom. Examples of the topics covered include: Understanding responsibility and relationships; Recognizing power and values; Turning differences into assets; Creating clear expectations as a foundation for effective working relationships; Developing the capacity to anticipate issues and putting in place proactive structures to deal with disputes when they arise; Recognizing and valuing relationships as assets; How and when to use negotiation and consensus building appropriately and effectively both within the organizations and with external interests and stakeholders; Creating sustainable outcomes through sustainable relationships. Authors Glenn Sigurdson QC   Duration: 8 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Environment Level: Specialize Version Date: May 13, 2007 ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

This course identifies some of the intersection points between mining activities and Indigenous peoples. The course is organized according to the mining life cycle, from mineral exploration through mine development, operations, and ultimately mine closure/reclamation and post-closure. We survey some key activities that take place at each phase of the mining life cycle and identify ways in which these activities could both affect and benefit Indigenous peoples. This course also showcases some practical tools and examples for mining practitioners who work with Indigenous peoples. A significant amount of publicly available information describes the experiences that mining proponents have had in Indigenous engagement (both good and bad) and the course provides an introduction to that material. This course continues on from the companion course, "Indigenous Peoples and Mining 1: Indigeneity Concepts and Context," which examines the complex idea of indigeneity in several active mining regions in the world (Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil). An overarching point we wish to stress in both courses is the incredible diversity of Indigenous peoples—culturally, linguistically, developmentally, and in terms of their aspirations. Indigenous Peoples and Mining Series Background The Indigenous Peoples and Mining series was developed to support mining professionals in understanding who Indigenous peoples are, how their rights and interests are recognized in standards and law, and to identify how contemporary mining activities impact Indigenous peoples. All the world's major mining regions are home to Indigenous peoples. As the Indigenous rights movement has gained momentum, the mining sector increasingly finds itself having to navigate challenging issues that arise as a result of exploration and extractive activities on or near Indigenous lands. Exacerbating such engagements is the remarkable speed of these political changes. When most present-day mining professionals were in school, Indigenous rights were not even on the radar. Indeed, even today—speaking especially from a global perspective—Indigenous issues are inadequately covered within the mining schools. To students and practitioners alike, the course series will be of interest to anyone active in mining today. Upon completing the course series, participants will come away with an awareness of how contemporary mining activities fit within a long and dynamic story about Indigenous peoples—their existence, historical subjugation, cultural resiliency, and collective effort to gain recognition as distinct peoples with corresponding rights. Authors Amiel Blajchman Corey Dekker   Duration: 5 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Environment Level: Introduce Version Date: January 17, 2019   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

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