Field Notes
Aug. 8, 2013

This Week's Showcase:
APGO Develops the Knowledge Requirement Tool Kit

Gord White, CEO
Many of our members know that APGO makes annual presentations to students in the 11 Ontario universities that offer a four year undergraduate degree in an area of geoscience. We've done this for years. Often, it's Council members and volunteers who take on this responsibility. We prefer that these presentations are made in the Fall with the purpose of explaining to students the role of the APGO, how to meet the requirements to become a P.Geo., and the opportunities that P.Geo's. have in the marketplace. More

2013 survey results: Canadian mine salaries, wages and benefits
CostMine's labour reports include actual wage and salary scales, benefit plan profiles, and bonus plans for many of the participating mines. Once again, we see that mining companies have increased their employees' wages. 58 of the mines surveyed have increased wages by an average of three per cent.More

Copper miner, Vale strike deal
Sudbury Star
KGHM, Europe's number two copper producer, said recently its Canadian unit signed a deal to sell all of its ore produced from its Sudbury mines to Vale for some $1.13 billion over five years. Vale, the world's second-largest nickel producer, will process the metals at its Clarabelle mill in Sudbury. Vale will also receive a 2.25 per cent net smelter fee on all future production from the project, KGHM said.More

Research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup
R&D Magazine
More forms of mercury can be converted to deadly methylmercury than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. The discovery provides scientists with another piece of the mercury puzzle, bringing them one step closer to understanding the challenges associated with mercury cleanup.More

Fracturing defenses
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
The development of shale formations using hydraulic fracturing techniques has dramatically increased domestic production of oil and natural gas and spurred economic growth throughout the United States. The benefits of increased production are wide-ranging, but are not without controversy. Environmental lawsuits, including claims of groundwater contamination, surface pollution, and earthquakes allegedly caused by fracking and other development activities, are on the rise.More

High-altitude UAV glider swarms for geoscience research
The Engineer
Southampton University has announced that it is developing new unmanned aircraft for science applications and geoscientific research. The project is expected to help overcome difficulties encountered by conventional observation platforms when obtaining detailed in situ data from high altitudes, regions close to mountains or the sea surface and Polar Regions. More

Resources for acid rock drainage
Paul Gann, P.Geo.
Former exploration and mine sites have been left producing ARD/MRD. As professionals we have grappled with this for a long time. Recently, I came across a website dedicated to this problem. I recommend to all from all levels of experience, to visit this website and use this information to assist you in your work. More

Colleges team up for mining program
Timmins Daily Press
According to Mining Industry Human Resources Council reports, over the next 10 years, the mining industry in the districts of Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay will need over 6,700 workers. Northern College and Confederation College in Thunder Bay are collaborating to broaden educational opportunities and facilitate workforce development in Northwestern Ontario.More

Meet the APGO 2013-2014 Council
APGO's 20 member Council governs the association. New President, Andrew Cheatle welcomes two new members to Council, Ben Berger and Bob Morrison who won their regional elections. APGO Council is looking forward to having a representative of the Council of Chairs of Canadian Earth Science Departments appointed by the end of the summer.More

Expert: Ground, surface water interconnected
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Albertans' sources of drinking water come from two places, surface water and groundwater accessed through wells; but the two have traditionally been managed as being separate. Now scientific research is showing that surface and groundwater sources are interconnected and should be managed as an entire watershed to ensure principles of sustainability are achieved.More

Gold producers' cost cutting will hurt future production
The Vancouver Sun
Canadian miners are reining in spending to cope with plummeting gold prices, a move that analysts say is likely to hurt their production volumes several years down the road. "Mining is a long-term business, so you want to be mindful that you don't cut out a cost today that will generate value in the future, for example, exploration," said Jay Patel, the mining and metals transactions partner at Ernst & Young. More

National soil science meeting meets Manitoba mud
Manitoba Co-operator
In an abandoned shale pit, a busload of muddied-shoed soil scientists from across Canada and beyond peer back millions of years into the geological history of this part of the Manitoba Escarpment west of Miami. Marine dinosaur fossils are routinely discovered nearby in the bentonite clay formed from prehistoric volcanic ash.More