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

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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Goldstrike Mine

Engineer of Record Barrick’s Goldstrike Mine processes 30,000 tons of gold ore per day from its combined open-pit/underground operations located in the historic Carlin Trend in Nevada, U.S.A. Goldstrike’s tailings are stored in the North Block Tailings Disposal Facility (NBTDF).…

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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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El Mochito Mine

El Mochito is an underground zinc/silver mine located in the Santa Barbara Mountains in north-central Honduras. Tierra Group’s Team has been providing Tailings Stewardship Services at El Mochito continuously for the past 26 years. Since 1989, Tierra Group engineers have provided…

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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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Confidential Desktop Due Diligence Review

Tierra Group carried out a desktop Due Diligence review of a Preliminary Economic Assessment for a mine development project in the USA. Tierra Group’s review included; mine plan and production schedule, metallurgical testwork, process design, plant water balance, infrastructure updates, tailings…

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Project Track Technical Review

Tierra Group conducted a pre-investment due diligence Technical Review including; Environmental, Permitting, and Social License; Geology and Mineral Resources; Mining and Reserves; Metallurgy and Process Design; Geotechnical, Hydrology, and Hydrogeology; Project Infrastructure, Heap Leach Facility, and Waste Disposal; and Capital…

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San Francisco Mine

Tierra Group conducted geo-electrical testing to locate leaks present in the geomembrane liners underlying a Solution Conveyance Canal, Sumps 1 and 2, and the Intermediate Pond at Timmins Gold Corp’s San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Leak detection testing procedures…

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Los Gatos TSF Management

Tierra Group provided Engineer of Record services; including the development of Operations, Maintenance, and Surveillance (OMS) Manual, the development of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and annual operational support to the Los Gatos project in Mexico.

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Collection Pond Washdown Pad IFC Set

Tierra Group designed a concrete washdown pad connecting to the site’s existing collection pond. The pad was designed to allow the site to wash vehicles prior to them being approved to leave site.

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Morelos Mine

Tierra Group designed and implemented a stability and safety monitoring plan for Torex Gold’s Morelos Mine dry stack tailings storage facility (TSF). The monitoring plan includes installing inclinometers and vibrating wire piezometers, and training operations staff to download instrumentation readings.…

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Aurora TSF1 FPCP & TSF2 Closure Review

Tierra Group evaluated and prepared the closure design for Aurora's TSF1 facility. Design components included civil grading of closure surface, stability analysis of closure slopes, and hydraulic design of channels and spillways. A final design support was prepared by Tierra…

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