Sigh, if you’re going to write about mining can you at least get it right?

The company Greenland Minerals and Energy Limited (GMEL) is based in Perth, Western Australia. This year GMEL announced a major step forward in their plan to open one of the world’s largest uranium mines in southern Greenland, at Kvanefjeld. The mine will also produce fluoride, thorium and other rare earths.

What “other” rare earths? None of the things mentioned before are rare earths so the “other” shouldn’t be there.

As to uranium mining in Greenland, mining for the stuff where there’s 1 person per million km 2 (possibly an exaggeration) sounds like a jolly good idea really. And yes, I have met the people running this company and no, I don’t do business with them.

6 comments on “Sigh, if you’re going to write about mining can you at least get it right?

  1. As to uranium mining in Greenland, mining for the stuff where there’s 1 person per million km 2 (possibly an exaggeration) sounds like a jolly good idea really.

    Not to mention that the health and safety precautions are likely to be higher than, say, Niger. So all in all, if you’re going to mine this stuff, this is the best place to do it.

    Although I have to say that mining companies based in Perth, Western Australia don’t fill me with confidence. Any more than, say, a gold miner based in British Columbia does. What was that great Western Australian nickel miner?

  2. No, it’s not that dangerous. The only bit that’s even a little bit is that once you’ve started to crush up the rock then you can have dust floating around. And given that, by definition, you’re crushing up the rock that is high in U that’s not something you’ll be particularly keen on. So you do rather like to do it in unpopulated areas. It’s not so much the radioactivity of the U but that it’s a heavy metal.

  3. SMFS. Poseidon was the failed nickel bubble company. Perth, Western Australia is home to a lot of mining companies. In Oz, mining is very strictly regulated and policed. I am confident that a WA based company will (at least) be familiar with World’s best practice, and that the Greenland government will enforce it.

    Uranium mining is not dangerous. In another life I went to a uranium mine in South Australia (Honeymoon Well) to collect some samples from the ore body. The geos on site assured me that the samples were perfectly safe as long as I didn’t eat them. Back at base I reported to the site safety officer that I had uranium samples in my office. He turned up with his geiger counter, made a scan and laughed. He then ran the geiger counter over the brick wall of my office and got a much higher reading.

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