Talk on Mine Restoration on July 31, 2010

An estimated 500,000 mines dot the US landscape, most of them abandoned.  Indian statistics are equally bad, if you also include the quarries etc.  Symbols of our incessant hunger for consumption, these abandoned mines are not just an ugly eyesore but continue to pose significant hazard to communities around them:  physical hazards due to accidents and environmental hazards because of the leaching of contaminants into ground water.

Although most mine owners do not care about the abandoned mines, a few want to do the right thing by restoring these mines back to nature.  It’s, however, easier said than done.  Mountainous chunks of earth have been gouged out.  All of it cannot be replaced.  Then how is it done?  How is the site restored to nature?  How is biodiversity ensured?

Although this is not classic CleanTech, it provides an important backdrop to the need for CleanTech.  Besides there’s a science behind restoration.  To tell us all about this, Mr. Kaustubh Moghe, a Conservation Biologist and a professional mine restorer will talk to us on July 31st at 11:00 am at the NCL Venture Center.

Be there!!  We don’t know where dead people go, but this is a rare chance to learn where the dead mines go!

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Mine Restoration Talk Organized by PuneCleanTech

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  1. [...] always this talk is free for everyone. For more information, please visit PuneCleanTech. We don’t really know where dead people go but at least here’s a chance to learn about [...]

  2. The Opal Mines in South Australia are also an eye sore, mining contractors should have a duty of care with regard to filling-in an old site because it creates an unnecessary danger to the general public. Not all open-pits pose a direct problem, however. If we use signs warding off unscrupulous gold hunters or wary fossickers, some of these much larger man-made mines can act as a water reservoir which we will need as the climate changes. From a speculative viewpoint, there are both good and bad arguments concerning these abandoned mines. If on the other hand, they pose an immediate threat to urban development, then the mining companies who created them, should be forced to restore the landscape back to a natural setting.

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