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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2003, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, what a great day to get out of the office and do a little field work for a change.
This is the next mine site that we'll be doing the reclamation plan for.
Bluebird Mine site, a little ways south of Helena.
I helped out with a bit of surveying, so I can do the volume calculations.

Man, it's nice to have a vehicle with a removable top! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


Just some of the waste that needs to be disposed of.

Note the <font color="orange">orange</font color> colored creek running down on the left. Whew, don't drink the water. [img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img]
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Very cool pics! Man, it must be great to live out there.....


...but whats with that water? Is that from iron, or something else?
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I'll bet it's something else. We've got lots of open pit mines where I'm at. Lots of orange creeks. Hell there's lakes where you can't even eat the fish you catch because of the Mercury way back in the day.
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but whats with that water? Is that from iron, or something else?
In order of contamination:
Lead, iron, arsenic, mercury, sulfuric acid.....and on and on.

The reason for the clean-up,
is because this drainage goes right into another creek that's an important aquifer area for irrigation and drinking water.

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Yep, mining is (and used to be even more so), a very messy business.

So, what do you do then WD, survey, make your calcs on how much contaminated ground will need removing (by truck?) Or is there a way you bring the cleaning there?

Oh, and by the way, I think you are our first forum participant getting paid to wheel!!!! congratulations. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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I think you are our first forum participant getting paid to wheel!!!! congratulations.
Yeah! And at 36 a mile to boot! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

This site will probably be "reclaimed in place".
As in, concentrate the dirty soil in 1 area, "cap" it with fresh topsoil, and utilize a liner to prevent seepage into the groundwater.
It'd be awfully expensive to re-construct the roads to haul all that waste out in dump trucks.
(Then you need an additional area with a "repository" in order to store the contaminated waste.)
It's all a part of our "reclamation plan". Coming up with different scenarios and costs involved for each type of reclamation.
When you're doing it in place like this site is, it requires a lot of effort to put the ground back to the way it was,
while sometimes preserving "historic features".
Like that little building I was parked next to.

I do most of the CADD work.
Volume calculations, site maps, soil/water sampling locations, existing contours, final grading contours, etc etc.

If I was 40 hour trained (haz-mat and field training class) I could probably do a lot more wheeling to these places.
However, my normal CADD work-load kind of prevents me from being in the field that much. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

Thanks for asking. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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Here's a shot of one of the more current projects we did.
Albeit, about 6 months old from this run.
Most of the darker soil is new "cover" soil, and the re-seeding process hasn't set in yet.
Some of the removal areas were between 60-100' in depth.
We also need to take into account natural drainages, and must design re-constructed creek channels in the process.
Note the "historical stack" in the upper right side of the pic. That was a tough one to work around. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
Also note the "historical rock wall" just above where we're parked.
I have no idea why that needed to be preserved. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]


Incidentally, we don't do the "grunt" work. Just the design and construction oversight.
Something about a "conflict of interest" I think. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

OK, enough about mine reclamation for today.
I'm going to go play, and maybe see the races in Belgrade on their dirt track this evening! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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OH MY FRIGGIN GOSH....

How could you leave yourself open like that, with someone like me, just waiting to pounce.... [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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You've done it now, and you don't even know the can of worms you've reopened....

[img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

oh, well,


[img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

here ya go....(pie in face time)

"OK, enough about mine reclamation for today.
I'm going to go play, and maybe see the races in Belgrade on their dirt track this evening!"

Don't you know??????????????????????? [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

Belgrade is in YUGOSLAVIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, you must be going to watch dirt track YUGO races.

You remember all the posts on YUGOS don't you Doug???


[img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Gosh, I like this general chat forum. You'll have to invite me here again some time.


Think I'll go find some Yugo race sites to post/link for ya. [img]images/graemlins/crybaby.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]


And, yes, I think I'm losing it, and yes, I just watched "The Princess Bride".

I find the whole setup he gave me INCONCEIVABLE!
But I'll take it!
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[img]images/graemlins/deal.gif[/img] <font color="red"> INCONCEIVABLE! </font color> lol. I love that movie. Almost as good as Monte Python, "That's no ordinary rabbit!" "run away! run away!" I actually don't see what you think he left himself wide open for. It probably just went way over my head. It's not like he's talking about his rear flexin'. I always get bothered when some guy posts something about how his rear flex's. Now that's leavin' yourself open. And it's not something most guys want to know. And if it is something some guy wants to know this is definately not that kind of website! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] Generally Speaking of course.
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