Many of us in the minerals industry, whether in exploration, development, or production, are faced with social and environmental issues related to our projects. Few topics are more pressing in the mining industry at present than how to handle community—that is, social relationships. One only need look at the effect of community relations on the development, or on the non-development, of some very significant mineral deposits in jurisdictions such as Peru, Greece, or Montana (USA) to recognize that social license to operate is a key part of any mining project and that loss of social license can result in effective...

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