America's Shift Towards Bringing Mining Home The United States and most other parts of the world heavily depend on China for critical raw mineral resources. As America ramps up efforts to meet renewable energy targets, demand for mineral resources should follow suit (see our last post on green energy and mining, here). In turn, America is looking to bring mineral supply closer to home. Below are a few news articles that introduce this complicated issue. The new U.S. plan [...]
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What Green Energy Means For Mining As the world turns to green energy to combat climate change, humanity’s demand for mineral resources to fuel these sources is poised to increase dramatically. Green energy sources use far more mineral resources than fossil fuels, which means there will be more, not less, pressure on the American mining industry. Below are several recent articles regarding anticipated mineral needs to accommodate green energy and climate change goals, along with some key takeaways. 1. [...]
Austin Quarry Project: Draft EIR Release Scheduled. July 30, 2010. Vulcan Materials has proposed a quarry in southeastern Madera County named the Austin Quarry Project. Located near the intersection of State Routes 41 and 145, it is the second of three recent mining proposals in Madera County. The project is planned to provide 2.5 million tons annually for up to 100 years. Benchmark Resources is contracted by the County to prepare the Environmental Impact Report and expects the document [...]
Madera Quarry Approved…Again. August 24th, 2010. On June 15, 2010, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved the Madera Quarry Project. The Board previously approved the project in 2006. Opposed by neighbors on the grounds of groundwater, noise, and traffic concerns, the project was bounced through the Courts, and the County issued a Revised EIR in December 2004. The Revised EIR, prepared by Benchmark Resources, focused on a narrow range of opponent complaints. Nonetheless, project opponents that originally litigated [...]
Dave Brown Presented at CalCIMA 2011 Conference August 31st, 2011 Dave Brown, President, Benchmark Resources, and Andy Kopania, Principal Hydrologist, EMKO Environmental, presented at the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2011 Education Conference in Monterey. Their paper, entitled Value-Added Reclamation – Quarries as Water Storage and Supply, will address issues and opportunities for integrating storage of water at reclaimed mines. The discussion centered on evaluation of the appropriateness of aggregate mines or quarries for water storage depends [...]
Bob Delp Presented at CalCIMA 2013 Conference October 25th, 2013 Bob Delp, Project Director at Benchmark Resources, recently presented at the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2013 Education Conference in Napa, California on November 12. Delp’s presentation addressed finding the fair in fair share funding. During the environmental review and permitting process, unreasonably high estimates of project-related trips can result in roadway improvement fair-share funding obligations that exceed a project’s true potential to impact a roadway system. [...]
Pit & Quarry Magazine: Getting the green light February 4th, 2014 Getting the Green Light February 4, 2014 Sustainable environmental initiatives pave the way for a coveted California coastal-zoned expansion permit. There is no shortage of potential roadblocks when it comes to permitting. Even the best and the brightest have fallen short in this pursuit. But for one coastal-zoned quarry, a long permitting process resulted in sweet, unopposed success – something to be savored by Richard DeAtley, president [...]
Bob Delp to Present at 2014 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference August 6th, 2014 Benchmark Resources’ Bob Delp will present at this year’s CalCIMA Annual Education Conference in San Diego, California on Tuesday, November 4 during Breakout Session #1: Mining. Delp’s presentation, entitled Shut the Truck Up: Developing Cost-Effective Noise Mitigation Strategies during the Environmental Review Process will summarize general requirements for considering noise impacts during the environmental review process, examine common sources of on-site and off-site noise impacts associated with mining projects, [...]
Dave Brown to Present with Pat Mitchell at CalCIMA Annual Education Conference August 15th, 2014 Benchmark Resources Principal, Dave Brown, will present with Mitchell Chadwick’s Pat Mitchell at the 2014 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference in San Diego, California on Tuesday, November 4 during Breakout Session #1: Mining. Their presentation, entitled Reclamation Obstacles: Completing the Process in the Face of Changed Regulatory or Site Conditions will focus on the finish line of a project. Whether “finishing” means final site closure or a [...]
Andrew Heinemann to Present during lunch at 2014 CalCIMA Education Conference August 18th, 2014 Benchmark Resources’ Andrew Heinemann will present during lunch at this year’s 2014 CalCIMA Education Conference in San Diego, California on Tuesday, November 4. Heinemann’s presentation, entitled California Mineral Wealth Potential – Will We Continue To Be Ranked As Eighth In the Country, Or Is There More?, will focus on global mineral requirements and dollar value, United States mineral requirements and value, how California has contributed to the mineral [...]