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Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century

What Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World

  • Franco Oboni
  • Cesar Oboni

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
    Pages 1-9
  3. State of Affairs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 13-22
    3. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 23-33
    4. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 35-51
    5. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 53-64
    6. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 65-80
  4. How to Build a Twenty-First-Century Comprehensive Risk Management Program

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 83-102
    3. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 103-116
    4. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 117-138
    5. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 139-151
    6. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 153-167
    7. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 169-184
    8. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 185-197
    9. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 199-215
  5. Case Histories and a Look into the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 219-265
    3. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 267-268
    4. Franco Oboni, Cesar Oboni
      Pages 269-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-278

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a comprehensive approach to address the need to improve the design of tailings dams, their management and the regulation of tailings management facilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the risk of such facilities failing. The scope of the challenge is well documented in the report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and GRID Arendal entitled “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident,” which was released in October 2017. The report recommends that “Regulators, industry and communities should adopt a shared, zero-failure objective to tailings storage facilities…” and identifies several areas where further improvements are required. In this context, the application of cutting-edge risk-assessment methodologies and risk-management practices can contribute to a significant reduction and eventual elimination of dam failures through Risk Informed Decision Making. As such, the book focuses on identifying and describing the risk-assessment approaches and risk-management practices that need to be implemented in order to develop a way forward to achieve socially acceptable levels of tailings dam risk.


Keywords

Dam accidents United Nations Environment Programme Xe-Pian dam Mount Polley Sustainable Mining

Authors and affiliations

  • Franco Oboni
    • 1
  • Cesar Oboni
    • 2
  1. 1.Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.RiskopeVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.RiskopeVancouverCanada

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