Correcting Misconceptions About Mining

Correcting Misconceptions About Mining

One time as I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook, I came across a picture of a group of people protesting against mining. The placards that they were holding read “Kalikasan at tao, o mapanirang pagmimina?” (“The environment and people, or destructive mining?”). The protesters believed that mining is anti-environment and anti-people.

However, contrary to what the anti-mining protesters believe, mining actually supports human society. And with the ever advancing mining technologies and environmental policies, mining becomes more and more environmentally-friendly.

Unfortunately, misconceptions about mining are far too common. Here are five common misconceptions and the reasons why they’re wrong. Continue reading “Correcting Misconceptions About Mining”


The 5 Worst Mining Disasters that Modern Mines Must Never Repeat

Studying the causes of mining disasters in the past will help modern mines avoid repeating them in the future.

History tells us that majority of mining disasters were due to insufficient monitoring for safety, ineffective or non-existent emergency response systems, and flawed engineering design of facilities like dams. Preventing similar accidents from occurring is possible with the current knowledge on relevant fields like safety, health, the environment, engineering, and disaster risk management. Knowledge on these fields must be applied to design safe mine facilities, utilize state of the art monitoring systems, and develop effective emergency systems.

These are the five worst mining disasters that modern mines must never repeat. Continue reading “The 5 Worst Mining Disasters that Modern Mines Must Never Repeat”

Effect of Large-Scale Mining on Employment

In a research paper published in 2014 in the journal Mineral Economics, Olle Östensson discussed the significance of employment that is generated by large-scale mining in spurring local economic growth. He evaluated the effects on employment of the Escondida Mine in Chile, Tenke Fungurume Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and various mining companies in Northwest Provice, Zambia. His research showed that large-scale mining generated indirect and induced employment that when combined, surpassed direct employment. The increased employment results in increased spending, which in the long run results in an increase in the overall income of the communities. This phenomenon, called the multiplier effect, boosts local economic growth.

Very few people are aware of the actual effects of mining on employment and economic growth. “It is a piece of conventional wisdom that mining projects have relatively minor Continue reading “Effect of Large-Scale Mining on Employment”

What is Mining?

These large domes of Project Eden in Cornwall, UK are nestled on a crater that was once a clay mine.

In many of the birthday parties I attended, children would play a game where they would try to blow a plate or bowl of flour as fast as they could to completely reveal the coin buried below. At the end of the game, everyone watching would laugh because the contestants’ faces would be covered with flour.

Mining is like that game. It is the process of accessing and getting valuable material that is Continue reading “What is Mining?”