Statement of Qualifications

Earth and its environment provide the natural resources necessary for life. It is mankind’s most precious commodity, whose resources are finite, yet necessary to sustain and expand society. Using Earth’s natural resources modifies the environments natural balance creating both positive and negative impacts. The key to environmental management is balancing the effects of mankind’s earthly modifications to promote life while minimizing impacts harmful to achieving environmental balance. With respect to mankind’s natural resources (excluding water and air), it is said, “If it can’t be grown, it must be mined”. Think about it. It's a given. Developing Earth’s natural resources requires human interaction with the Earth and its environment. Tierra Group assists our customers to produce Earth’s natural resources in a way that minimizes harmful impacts to the environment, while maintaining a balanced sustainability, for continued beneficial uses. Tierra Group’s areas of environmental expertise include:

  • Baseline Studies
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Environmental Impact Studies (EIS)
  • Permitting
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Forensics
  • Mined Land Reclamation and Closure

Tierra Group has performed our services on six continents in arid and temperate to extreme climates including;

  • Tropics
  • Semi-Arid and Arid
  • Mediterranean
  • Humid (Sub-Tropical and Continental)
  • Coastal Marine
  • Sub-Artic
  • High Altitude (above 4,000 masl)
  • Mountainous Terrain

By applying our forward thinking geotechnical, water resources, geologic hazards, and civil engineering expertise, Tierra Group has assisted our clients in successfully producing Earth’s natural resources while minimizing environmental impacts and creating balance in our diverse and precious environment.


Select Environmental Projects

Mt. Todd Dam Assessment

Tierra Group conducted an Independent Technical review of Vista Gold Corp’s Mt. Todd Tailings Storage Facility Expansion in Northern Territory, Australia.

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Topia Mine

Topia Mine Phases 1-3Tierra Group supervised the first 3 phases of Geologic Mapping and Instrumentation Installation and developed a Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall Design at Great Panther Silver’s Topia Mine in Durango, Mexico.

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Cosmo Howley

Newmarket Gold’s Cosmo Howley Project Area (CHPA) is a gold mine in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. An underground mine is currently in operation with planned underground expansion. CHPA contains several legacy open pits, waste rock dumps, and surface water…

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New Jersey Mill TSF Raise

Tierra Group completed the design for two 3-meter upstream raises to an existing paste tailings storage facility at New Jersey Mining Company’s New Jersey Mill site near Kellogg, Idaho. Work included performing a cone penetration testing (CPT) investigation of the…

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Turquoise Ridge Water Treatment Pond Modifications

After preparing the design to modify two existing lined ponds at the Turquoise Ridge Mine Tierra Group supported the construction by serving as the resident engineering while also providing quality assurance for the project. Following completion of the relining project…

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Aurora Mine

The Aurora Mine Mill Facility (previously Esmeralda Mill) is located in the historic Aurora mining district of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Nevada, USA. Aurora recently, with the support of Tierra Group completed a Minor Modification to the…

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Douglas County, CO | 2020 Stormwater Support

Tierra Group provided engineering and permitting support to Douglas County Public Works Engineering for NPDES Phase II Program compliance. Tierra Group’s scope of work included developing Runoff Control Plans (RCPs) for new County facilities, updating RCPs at existing County facilities,…

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Hecla Aurora Project - Weather Station Siting Assessment

Tierra Group completed a site assessment for a weather station to be installed at the site. The assessment evaluated the foundation conditions and provided recommendations regarding anchoring options for the weather station tower and ancillary components. The assessment also identified…

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Esmeralda Mill

Tierra Group was contracted by Waterton Global Mining Company to prepare the FPCP for TSF No.1 at the Esmeralda Mine. TSF No.1 covered approximately 100 acres, included a rockfill embankment with a maximum height approximately 60 feet, and stored gold tailings. Work…

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Anglo American Quellaveco

Tierra Group supervised a geotechnical and hydrogeologic drilling investigation program at Anglo American’s Quellaveco Mine in the Moquegua Region of Peru.

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Oracle Ridge Copper

Tierra Group represented Oracle Ridge Mining as the Qualified Person for portions of the feasibility-level design including the Dry Stack Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) Design, Site-Wide Stormwater Management, Water Supply Pipelines, Haul Road and Access Road Design Improvements, and the…

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Hecla WWR 5840’ Raise EDC

Tierra Group prepared an engineering design change to increase the maximum elevation permitted for the mine’s existing WWR. Project included a waste rock dump expansion civil design and stability modeling to verify design complied with regulatory dam safety criteria.

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