EARTH SUSTAINING RESOURCES
WHO WE ARE
Earth Sustaining Resources is the Earth Sustaining Sciences Minerals and Resources Solutions Practice. A mining and mineral services practice, delivers complex risk solutions in challenging environments creating sustainable value across the asset lifecycle. We deliver experience in project aspects, including due diligence, project selection, exploration optimisation, resource development and modelling, mining startup, recovery optimisation, environmental geology, risk assessment, closure, and science management. Earth Sustaining Resources is able to offer complete earth sciences solutions or targeted problem solving at any stage of project development, backed by experience in gold, diamonds, base metals, iron and industrial minerals. Significant experience in open cut and underground selective and bulk mining scenarios in operations across Australia and internationally place our team in an enviable position. Earth Sustaining Resources brings this resource and earth science expertise to the table in support of our Environmental Solutions, Agricultural Science Optimisation, and Sustainable Management Practices. As with all elements of Earth Sustaining Sciences, Earth Sustaining Resources works in close alliance with the Earth Sustaining Sciences Institute.
Model - Method - Management
Earth Sustaining Resources combines with Earth Sustaining Sciences Environmental Solutions as a specialist in mining and related activities environmental remediation, rehabilitation and management for exploration, mining and processing, in addition to assisting in delivering solutions to intensive agriculture industries. Earth Sustaining Sciences is in the business of providing cost effective, efficient working solutions for a range of industry wide environmental and societal risks including contaminated waters and soils, dust and hazardous airborne particulates utilising carefully tailored biological, biogenic and biosphere benign methods and materials. Earth Sustaining Sciences deems it unnecessary to increase risks by using societally questionable hazardous reagents when a better outcome can be achieved in a similar time frame at a fraction of the cost using processes optimised from natural systems. Earth Sustaining Sciences has successfully applied its unique environmental remediation solutions on sites in Australia, Oceania, America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The systems are industry proven, robust, effective and tuneable to the full gamut of climatic and operational conditions that the industry is subject to.
Twenty years ago the founder of Earth Sustaining Sciences, Wayne Sampey, identified that the biggest business risk to the future of mining would be changes to environmental guidelines and increasingly rigorous controls on environmental discharges and residues. In response to this he began researching biogenically mediated water purification, metal and organic toxin stripping and pH control. This research led to the first Symbiotic Aquatic BioReactor (SABR) followed by over a decade of subsequent testing, perfecting and field trials. The system now delivers solutions across 0-14 pH.
Consequently, Earth Sustaining Sciences is generations ahead of its closest competitors, and can offer the only fully effective, scalable, high processing rate and feed solution customisable cost effective bioreactor system available today.
The biochemical expertise that Earth Sustaining Sciences created in perfecting the SABR system has been applied to a range of other industry wide issues including dam seals, long lasting fine residue stabilisation, dust control, regrowth promotion, wastewater capitalisation, acid neutralising substrate de-armouring and soil and crop and rehabilitation and optimisation.
What We Stand For
Mining is an intergenerational activity engaged in by humanity for ten thousand years, and must continue if society is to function. Born of the mining and agriculture industries, ESS understands that the greatest good for the greatest numbers will come from enabling industry to productively and profitably continue, adapt and expand within the current culture of increasingly stringent environmental oversight and pervasive global societal and environmental awareness.
There are a myriad of beneficial projects in operation across the globe today that with current requirements applied would never have commenced because effective rehabilitation using traditional methodologies is simply not feasible. The current regulatory environment and awareness did not exist when many projects were bought on line. As these projects mature and wind down, their parent companies and associate governments and society face enviro-relational dilemmas unless effective and affordable solutions can be delivered.
Companies worldwide are sitting on expensive care and maintenance programmes using traditional and largely ineffective environmental control methodologies, because no cost effective remediation solutions were known and the current environmental and regulatory risk awareness did not exist at the time of their inception. Increasingly, regulators will not allow companies to walk away from environmentally unstable sites without imposing crippling penalties and risking ever increasing bonds, let alone the potential damage to ever more elusive social capital; unless the companies liquidate and walk away leaving the issue to government to resolve.
Right now, there are projects around the world under due diligence and prefeasibility that will stall because of the increasing costs imposed by environmental management of operations, rehabilitation and closure. ESS’ aim is to work with industry, government and communities within which industry is embedded and entwined, to provide solutions to these problems in an economically, environmentally, regulatory and societally acceptable manner.
What We Do
We've all seen it, we've even been a part of it. Corporate or site management isn’t sure how to solve the environmental problems a company faces and regulators, who themselves are usually under resourced, reply to document submissions with increasingly detailed and difficult to answer questions. In response the company will engage a consultancy who promptly recommends a course of studies costing upwards of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. The results come in and a fairly generic report is submitted, followed by a recommended list of remedial works that is almost identical to every other such environmental remediation plan, and similarly doomed to be costly, partially effective, and requiring intensive management with intermittent and progressive failures for decades if not centuries.
ESS does not believe this standard scenario is productive or viable in the long term. We are in the business of delivering solutions, not studies and generic control measures that have struggled or outright failed elsewhere, yet continue to be repeated time and again because that’s the way it has always been done. At ESS it is our almost universal experience that a large proportion of the knowledge and data needed to understand an operation's environmental problems sufficiently to implement solutions, is to some degree already gathered or understood by site personnel. By analysing site knowledge, guiding and utilising site expertise and identifying any remaining gaps, very little extra base level information is required before moving into trial solutions and full implementation.
Consider, though the individual processes, problem chemistry, geology and environment at any given site is to some extent unique, the resultant environmental management problems are very similar: the exposure and breakdown of material (x) is causing megalitres of water to have pH (y) and is transporting metals (z), plus assorted anions and toxins. The problem materials are exposed here or sequestered there; artificial or natural land forms are contributing to contaminated runoff problems in that area and airborne particulates are high because of this other factor.
ESS implement cost effective, socio-ecologically sound industry-wide concept to closure solutions, following a simple globally proven path.