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David M. Abbott, Jr., CPG
Consulting Mining Geologist & Geoscience Ethics Columnist
PDH Credit: 1
Geoethics was born in 2012 and expanded the scope of geoscience professional ethics to include the social and cultural implications of geoscience practice. However, the 9th Fundamental Geoethics Value that addresses sustainability fails to transparently and forthrightly acknowledge the depletability of natural resource deposits thus inhibiting a fully integral and transparent discussion of this geoethics value statement’s goal of providing a sustainable supply of natural resources and requires revision. The depletability of natural resources is a fact of nature. Extraction of natural resources necessarily has negative environmental impacts that must be balanced with maximizing resource recovery. Who decides what the balance will be? The increasing focus on ESG-based investing is and will impact the mining industry. Finding new deposits to replace depleted ones requires new approaches and new technologies. The post-mining use of mined land provides a variety of beneficial opportunities.