SRS Crisafulli News

One Thing Leads to Another, by SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

The Billings Gazette article by Jan Falstad about SRS Crisafulli, Inc. “Pumping Up Profits” ran last Sunday.  Promptly, I received an email from Russ Fletcher of MATR – Montana Associated Technology Roundtables.  By end of day, after a series a questions, Russ invited me to attend the Montana Ambassadors program in Billings at end of week.

Montana Ambassadors

The Montana Ambassadors program was delightful.  Fun.  Real.  They honored an Educator, an Entreprenuer, and a Business:  MSU President Waded Cruzado, Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants, and Stillwater Mining’s Frank McAllister.  Waded spoke about the constructive impact of the Land Grant University legislatation - the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890;  Sarah told very funny stories about her product development and launch;  and Frank handed out palladium jewelry to all the ladies in the room.

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Harold G Hamm,
Chairman and CEO
Continental Resources

We were also asked to Imagine the Possible by Governor Brian Schweitzer and Keynote Speaker Harold Hamm, founder of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, and CEO of Continental Resources, the largest leaseholder and driller in the Bakken Shale – which sits northeast of our rural community of Glendive.  Governor Schweitzer remarked that as governor, he has attended 30 funerals of Montana service men and women lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.   Domestic energy production will enable us to conserve and protect our treasures.  Governor Schweitzer also called out, “its engineers that will change the world.”

As part of the Ambassadors program, there was an energy panel, which included Scott Farris of TransCanada.  I was able to ask Scott a question regarding the proposed Baker onramp and the Bakken Oilfield production, which is currently going to market by road and rail.  The Keystone pipeline will have a total capacity of 850,000 barrels/day.  The onramp in Baker – which is 72 miles south of Glendive - will support 100,000 barrels/day from the Bakken fields, delivering the product at half the cost of rail.  Further, the Keystone Pipeline will sequester the Bakken production in batches, a detail which I was curious about.

Energy efficiency, getting resources to the right places at the lowest cost, optimizing flows, as pump people, these are the kinds of issues we at SRS Crisafulli think about.

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MSU President Waded Cruzado Honored by Montana Ambassadors as Educator of the Year   

SRS Crisafulli set sights on international markets - Billings Gazette

Montana Ambassadors 

Continental Resources

Domestic Energy Producers Alliance 

Governor’s Office press release about Baker onramp

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SRS Crisafulli's Rugged Roots in Montana

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 @ 15:01 PM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

SRS Crisafulli's employees are a mix of deep rooted Montanan families, returned children and transplants.  It seems those who find themselves here share common goals and values, whether it is access to fresh air and wide open landscapes or taking advantage of a current employment boom.  Everyone here also values hard work, the rugged environment, and strong community. 

Montana is the 4th largest U.S. state and yet is the 7th least populous.  Montana's economy is primarily agriculural and resource-based,  with ranching, farming, and mining foremost.  We at SRS Crisafulli are sometimes asked how a dredge manufacturer ever evolved in a dry, land locked, rugged state such as Montana.  We just laugh and explain we worked, we grew, we drew on that rugged initiative that defines Montana.

Northern Montana's Hi-Line
Photograph by William Albert Allard
Two sorrels belonging to Buster and Helen Brown have gone AWOL in the snow.

National Geographic recently published an article exploring the history of Montana's Hi-Line.  The rails were an important factor in that history, and as Montana today is the 3rd least densely populated state, they are still a widely used method of transportation.  "Eventually pavement as well as rails linked those communities, forming a portion of U.S. Highway 2, America's northernmost cross-country ribbon of blacktop. Within Montana, this stretch of road and railway and towns and surrounding landscape became known as the Hi-Line."

 

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Photograph by William Albert Allard
Justin Hofeldt, a welder for BNSF Railway, repairs track near Rudyard. The rails opened this ground to homesteaders, with illusory promises of easy crops and plenty of rain.

SRS Crisafulli's own Maureen Lundman, Sales Manager, hails from Malta, which is part of the Hi-Line.  Born and reared there, she and her 6 brothers and sisters went to school in Malta, her mother managed the household and her father ran the Lumber Yard.  Joel Basta, a SRS Crisafulli Engineer, still works his family's dry land farm operation in Dawson County.  Isaiah Helm, SRS Crisafulli Applications Engineer and his 2 brothers still participate in his family's cattle ranch outside Jordan, Montana.  Larry Hegel, factory foreman and lifetime SRS employee, is the youngest of eight children raised in Glendive. These and many others at SRS Crisafulli have deep roots embedded in the culture and hardworking standards of the area. 

Read more of the National Geographic article, Northern Montana's Hi-Line.

See more of William Albert Allard's pictures of Montana's Hi-Line, Riding Out Another Season

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 3 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Superfund

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund, was created by the United States government in 1980. This fund was created to finance cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Superfund grants earmark funds for hazardous waste removal and remediation by qualified agencies and contractors. The funds are collected through corporate taxes levied on companies in the industries (mining, oil and gas, etc.) as well as awards recovered through litigation directly against the responsible companies.

Superfund sites are publicly listed at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/.

 

Superfund Regions Cleanup SitesUS RegionsGraphic Courtesy of www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/

 

Leading edge mineral identification technology such as XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) Analyzers enables speedy identification of contaminated areas and quickly pinpoints contamination sources within these sites.

 

XRFInnov-X Handheld XRF
Photo Courtesy of www.innovx.ca/

Sites are being continuously added to the Superfund database such as Chevron’s Questa Molybdenum mine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The largest gold producing countries

South Africa holds a dominant position in total historic world gold output, much of which was produced in the last century. Today, Australia, Russia, the US, and China are competing for the top spot.

 

About the author

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

 

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 2 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Waste processing and storage

A good operator first understands the unique characteristics of the mineral deposit under their management. Each deposit is unique, as is the volumes and types of waste streams it will generate. Waste characteristics to be considered include: storage structure integrity, waste chemistry (including interaction with other materials), particle size, shape, hardness, mechanical properties, specific gravity and more. To enable storage facilities to effectively withstand chemical and mechanical stresses, groundwater dynamics and affected aquifers must be identified through a hydrological site study. To ensure that equipment matches the specific working conditions and requirements, company engineers and project managers must work closely with their equipment providers

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in a Lined Gold Reclamation Lagoon

World class operators understand that reclamation is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity to enhance the reputation and image of the industry. On mine closure, up-to-date knowledge, technology and equipment can be used to enhance landform aesthetics and functionality, leaving the land in better condition than when they found it.

 

About the author

 

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

 

Be sure not to miss part 3 of this article, Superfund and the largest gold producing countries – subscribe to this RSS feed (above this article).

 

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

 

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

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SRS Crisafulli Guest Author David Zamida on Gold Mining (part 1 of 3)

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

Article submitted by David Zamida, Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com

Impacts of gold mining and mineral processing on communities and the environment

Mining operations today have a wide range of economic, environmental and cultural impacts on society.  Such impacts may be either positive or negative.

On the one hand, mining can provide an economic boon to the local community.  A new mining venture may create jobs, improve local infrastructure, enhance quality of living and even increase property values for nearby population centers. Along with job creation, there are also skills-enhancement programs which improve the education, ability and value of mine personnel within the community.

near gold mine Near a Gold Mine in a Rural African Community

On the other hand, mining communities can be strongly affected by commodity price declines. Moreover, when mines and mills shut down, the entire community can be devastated. In such cases, the mine operator is often blamed despite their inability to affect market conditions. For this reason, responsible operators will plan ahead for mine closures. One approach is to earmark funds for community enhancement programs, such as cross-training programs which upgrade mine personnel skill sets for compatibility with potential post-closure industries.

Mining can have various impacts on the environment. No two mines or mineral deposits are exactly the same – each one has its own inherent risks. While initial emphasis must focus on the economic extraction of valuable minerals, an important key to sustainable operations is effective management of high volumes of waste and byproduct. Using a gold mine as an example, economic grades of ore may have gold concentrations as low as 1 part per million, therefore the principal task of mining can be 99% waste management.

The earth is constantly shifting. This shifting can cause the destruction of habitat, species and communities due to soil erosion, breached tailings dams, ruptured geo-containment structures and other storage failures. Long-term waste storage structures must be effectively designed by qualified operators to withstand this shifting.

Another concern for communities is the potential loss of culturally significant land. In most developed countries, mechanisms exist for archeological review of potentially affected sites prior to setting a reclamation bond and issuing permits. In many jurisdictions where indigenous cultures exist these groups are given the opportunity to participate in the archaeological evaluation process themselves, to identify and safeguard culturally significant areas.

 

About the author

bcgold resized 600Dave Zamida is a Mineral Project Manager and Mining Property Broker for BCgold.com, which launched its first website in 2004, aligning unique mining property assets with market demand.

David’s clients include major, junior, public, private and government agencies. David has earned several accreditations through The University of British Columbia’s NBK Department of Mining Engineering, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other institutions and is a member of the PDAC and CIM.

Be sure not to miss Part 2 of this article, Waste processing and storage - subscribe to this RSS feed (above this article).

Would you like to learn more about SRS Crisafulli's involvements in the Gold Mining Industry?  Contact Maureen Lundman.

Subscribe to this RSS feed and don't miss Ms. Lundman's blog article about gold pond reclamation dredging - coming soon.

Topics: mining, Articles