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Caves Complicate Closure

Daryl Hockley
Friday, April 8, 2016
First presented: 
Cave Mining Forum - Workshop Series I

This presentation summarizes a talk given during the inaugural workshop of the Cave Mining Forum.

This presentation will briefly discuss how cave mine closures can differ from typical underground mine closures. There is limited experience to closing cave mines so there are more questions than answers; however, it seems clear that wet climate closures, in particular, can be significantly more costly for cave mines.



Feature Author

Daryl Hockley

Daryl is a civil engineer with 30 years of experience in mine waste management, mine water management, and mine closure. That experience includes engineering design and cost estimation, stakeholder consultation, project and technical risk assessment, and research and development of new waste and water management methods. He has contributed to projects in seven Canadian provinces and three territories, as well as in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, and several states in the USA. He has authored or co-authored over fifty publications.

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