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

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 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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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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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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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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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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Los Lirios Project

Los Lirios is a brownfields mine development project in southern Honduras. Los Lirios lies adjacent to an extensive shrimp-farming industry which raises water quality and supply awareness. Tierra Group is implementing a pre-development baseline water characterization study for the proposed…

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Lost Creek Project

Tierra Group is assisting Millcreek Mining and Black Mountain Sand with the preparation of permitting documents for the Lost Creek Project; including a preliminary Stormwater Management Plan, preliminary Groundwater Monitoring Plan, and general permitting exhibits. Tierra Group conducted a site geotechnical…

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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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Pitarrilla Mine

Tierra Group participated as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team to develop a Definitive Feasibility study for a 16,000 tpd silver mine in Durango, Mexico. Tierra Group's responsibilities included designing a 112 Mt tailings storage facility, developing a site-wide…

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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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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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