Friday, August 28, 2015

An elegant solution to acid mine remediation

You are probably familiar with the recent Gold King Mine waste water spill in Colorado and the resulting chorus of calls for cleaning up abandoned mines across the West.

As part of this month’s Arizona Mining Review, our online video magazine, we interviewed Gail Heath, Research Scientist at the University of Arizona, with an expertise in remediating acid mine drainage.  He presented a really elegant, efficacious, and cost-efficient solution to managing the region's growing acid mine drainage problem. 

The broadcast was posted to our YouTube channel -   The interview with Gail runs from 7:44 minutes to 19:30 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:49 AM

    From 8 minutes in, to about 19:30 a subject matter expert talks about bulkheads, or plugs in mine tunnels. This is exactly what EPA is doing at the Red & Bonita mine. with a valve to control flow, as well as inlet for in-situ treatment if warranted, and monitoring abilities. The producers of this piece would have had stronger, first hand information with Steve Way, the project coordinator. The earthen closure at Gold King was never intended to be a bulkhead. To infer that the Gold King had a bulkhead was inaccurate.