Speakers

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Topic: Florida Geology – From Basement to Penthouse and Things in Between

Presenter: Robert Kirkner, P.G.

Bio: Mr. Kirkner is President of Water & Earth Sciences, Inc. a Water Resource Consulting firm located in Lake Wales, Florida. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Kirkner has performed investigations related to phosphate, sand and limestone mining; assessed and remediated hundreds of sites contaminated with almost everything that can be misplaced; permitted water and other types of use; performed regional hydrologic assessments; performed water balance studies of natural and man-made lakes; modeled ground water flow and transport; served as an expert witness before governmental and quasi-governmental agencies and in litigation.

Abstract: The Florida Plateau rests on basement rock that is found at a depth of a mile or more in the center of the State. This complex includes igneous and metamorphic rocks including a piece of Africa that was left behind when Pangea split apart. The basement materials are overlain by younger carbonates and siliclastics (limestone, dolostone, sand, silt and clay). Throughout these units, there are unusual and unexplained movements up, down and across that have implications relative to mineable materials and oil deposits. Evidence of ocean shores are found at elevations higher than sea level was known to reach. Oil is found at some locations in the State but not others. Mineable sand deposits are located along ancient shorelines but in some cases elsewhere. The presentation will attempt to explain the why’s and how’s relative to these phenomena and more.


Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Topic: International Social License in Mining Projects

Presenter: Mr. Donald Hulse

Bio: Mr. Hulse received his BSc in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1982. Mr. Hulse has worked in various aspects of the industry with strong experience in mineral resource estimation and mine planning especially in hard rock metals and precious metals deposits. Prior to Gustavson Assoc. Mr. Hulse was Technical Manager of Cia Minera Dolores for Minefinders USA and General manager for Minera San Xavier for Metallica Resources, where he managed the construction and permitting team to initiate mine production. He has published papers and given presentations in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Peru. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, a Registered Member of SME and a Member of the AIMMGM in Mexico, as well as a “Qualified Person” as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

Abstract: Social License, the consent of the neighbors and community to develop and operate a mine, has received little attention until recently. Though social license is intangible, not having this relationship with the community carries operational and economic risk to a project, potentially including future impairment of the asset. Acquiring and maintaining social license is like a long-term personal relationship. It requires communication, commitment, consistency and transparency. This presentation will review the building blocks to acquire and maintain a social license based on experiences with mining projects in Mexico.

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