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

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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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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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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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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Douglas County Public Works

Tierra Group updated the County’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Municipal Operations to maintain the County’s compliance with the requirements for stormwater discharges from the County’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) under the Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS). Tierra…

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Buritic√° Tailings Stewardship & Cyanide Speciation

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services for Continental Gold’s Buriticá Project in Antioquia, Columbia which included permitting support, Third-Party Review and construction and operations support. Tierra Group oversaw the development of a 2D hydrodynamic model to support the design of…

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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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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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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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Confidential Project - Nevada

Tierra Group provided the closure civil engineering design and associated surface water management for a project in Nevada. Tierra Group also provided permitting requirements to Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

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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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2020 Annual Dams Inspection Aurora Mine

Tierra Group is the Engineer of Record (EoR) for two tailings dams at the Aurora Mine. Tierra Group provided annual dam safety inspections for the tailings dams to meet Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) Dam Safety permit requirement. Work included…

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