April 2020
Volume 72    Issue 4

MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo tailings programming takes center stage

Mining Engineering , 2020, Vol. 72, No. 4, pp. 30-30
Ellis, Margo


"If our industry has a tailings dam failure, we all have a tailings dam failure,” stated Dean Gehring, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Newmont Corp. He was reiterating the powerful words of Kim Morrison, co-moderator (director, tailings and water management, Newmont) of this year’s MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo opening keynote session. It’s a simple reflection of a complex problem. With ongoing and keen attention being paid to the mining industry’s struggle to prevent catastrophic tailings dam failures, the conference launched a multi-pronged approach to addressing the issue and finding solutions. SME has made this a top priority, and the breadth and depth of programming made available to attendees shine a light on both the need for this broad initiative and a hopeful way forward.

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