Douglas L. Beahm

DOUGLAS L. BEAHM, P.E., P.G.

PRINCIPAL ENGINEER/GEOLOGIST

BS Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines – 1974

Exploration And Mining Geology, Civil And Mine Engineering,
Environmental Permitting, Mine Land Reclamation And Project Management

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Geologic and Mining Projects:

Mr. Beahm has more than 40 years of professional and managerial experience in natural resource exploration, mine development, mine operations, environmental permitting and mine reclamation. Mr. Beahm has a proven track record in a variety of mining and mine reclamation projects including surface and underground mining, heap leach recovery, In Situ Recovery (ISR), and uranium mill tailings projects for both private and public clients. Mr. Beahm’s environmental permitting experience includes project manager for the development of WDEQ Permits to Mine, BLM Plan of Operations, and USNRC Source Materials Licenses for conventional and ISR operations, including direction of baseline studies (soils, vegetation, geohydrology, etc.), design assistance for operations and restoration plans, and permit preparation, evaluation of regulatory environments, geotechnical stability evaluations, and development of mining and reclamation designs for active and proposed mining operations.  Although Mr. Beahm’s experience includes coal, precious metals, and industrial minerals, his emphasis throughout his career has been uranium beginning in 1974.

Representative ISR Uranium Projects:

PROJECT PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Nichols Ranch, Wyoming  Technical Report Mineral Resources and PEA
Arkose Project, Wyoming  Technical Report Mineral Resources and Exploration Targets
Mestena Project, Texas Technical Report Mineral Resources and Exploration Targets
Yuty Project, Paraguay Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Cornel Oviedo, Paraguay Technical report (43-101), geologic assessment and exploration target
Antelope/JAB, Wyoming Resource modeling, 43-101 report, and assist drilling and mine permitting
Moore Ranch, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Peterson, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Barge, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
West JAB, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Allemand-Ross, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
South Sweetwater, Wyoming Exploration drilling, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Nichols Ranch, Wyoming Database development, geologic resource modeling, and 43-101 report
Red Rim, Wyoming Database development, geologic resourcs modeling, and 43-101 report
PRI Gas Hills, Wyoming Mine Planning and Permitting; Environmental Baseline Studies
Ruby Ranch, Wyoming Mine Planning and Permitting; Environmental Baseline Studies

Representative Conventional Uranium Mine Projects: 

PROJECT PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Sheep Mountain Project, Wyoming Open Pit, Underground, Heap Leach Facility Resource modeling, 43-101 Report, Development Drilling, Mine Design, Metallurgy, Feasibility Study, and Mine and Heap Leach Permitting.
Anderson Mine Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)
Slick Rock Project, Utah Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)
Gas Hills, Wyoming Technical Report Mineral Resources and PEA
Juniper Ridge, Wyoming Technical Report Mineral Resource and PEA
Cibola Project New Mexico Due Diligence review for project financing
Coles Hill, Virginia – Open Pit and Underground Resource modeling, surface and underground mine design and feasibility, coordinated metallurgical studies.
Wood Mine, Utah – Underground Resource modeling, 43-101 Report, Development Drilling, Mine Design, and Feasibility Study.
Frank M Mine, Utah – Underground Resource modeling, 43-101 Report, Development Drilling, Mine Design, Metallurgy, Feasibility Study, and Mine Permitting.
Findlay Tank, Arizona- Breccia Pipe, Underground Database development, geologic resources modeling, and 43-101 report
JAB – RD, Wyoming – Open Pit Resource modeling, 43-101 Report, Development Drilling, Mine Design, Heap Leach Design, and Pre-Feasibility Study.
Aurora, Oregon – Open Pit Resource modeling, 43-101 Report, Mine Design, Heap/Vat Leach Evaluation, and Pre-Feasibility Study.
Sheep Mountain Resource Modeling and Mine Design, surface and underground.
PRI / TVA Joint Venture, Buss Open Pit Mine Mediated purchase of mineral properties including resource and liability evaluation, mine reclamation design and construction management.

Mine/Mill Reclamation Projects:

Mr. Beahm has been BRS’ Principal Engineer and Project Manager for more than 25 years on a variety of mining and mine reclamation projects.  Mr. Beahm has a proven track record in all types of mining and mine reclamation projects including both surface and underground mines, mine inventory projects, and tailings projects for both private and public clients.  Mr. Beahm has been instrumental in development of standards and protocols in use today for all types of reclamation, and has consistently set high standards for work performance.  Mr. Beahm’s project approach effectively addresses all project aspects including consents and clearances, coordination with all interested parties, regulatory compliance, timely project flow; effective design, construction, and contract management, cost control, and innovative techniques.

Representative Mine Reclamation projects include: 

AML Project 17 H – Statewide Coal Reclamation Project: This project has been completed of several years, with 15 major contracts and several statewide projects; all completed within budget and without any construction related claims. Five of the projects included natural regrade.

AML 16G – Day Loma Project: This project consisted of 1,000 acres open pit and mine spoils and required services for various phases of the project including development of the master plan.

AML 8.1 and 8.1-II – Statewide Abandoned Mine Land Inventory: These projects pioneered use of historic mine mapping to aid mine inventories.  BRS participated in both inventory projects for both coal and non-coal including the majority of the uranium projects.

AML 16 N – D9 & K Pit Reclamation Project: This project reclaimed over 8,800 linear feet of highwall, restoring 235 acres of intensely disturbed mine lands and was the first project to utilize natural regrade methods in Wyoming.

AML 16 J – Central Gas Hills Reclamation Project: This 6 million dollar project reclaimed 445 acres of open pits with up to 400 foot highwalls situated above a ground water fed impoundment.

AML Project 16 L – Sunset Pit Reclamation Project: This required treatment acid mine waters with elevated radionuclides in a ground water impoundment with 200 foot highwalls.

AML 16 J – Veca Project: This project included treatment of acid mine water with elevated radionuclides, the selective handling of 2.5 million cubic yards of mine spoil of which 60% was unsuitable, and ultimately creating a viable surface water impoundment.

Expert Witness:

Wyoming Attorney General’s Office – Little Mountain Litigation – Key witness mineral ownership/title investigation, radiological correlations, design and cost estimate for reopening underground mines, mining and reclamation costs, and mineral economics.

Public Service of Indiana, 1986 – Provided expertise on environmental liabilities and costs related to the Minerals Exploration mine and tailings facility near Rawlins, Wyoming.

Herschler, Freudenthal, Salzburg & Bonds, 2005-2006 – RCR Baggot Rocks, Wyoming. Expert witness in litigation of a dispute relating to mineral access and mineral valuation.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

1986 – Present BRS, Inc. – Owner and Principal Engineer/Geologist.  Responsible for project management, direction of the company, and supervision of professional and technical personnel.
1982 – 1986 AGIP Mining Company – Chief Geologist, USA.  Manger of all geologic, mine engineering and environmental permitting programs, including environmental impact studies, feasibility studies, financial evaluations, and property evaluations for uranium and base and precious metals. 
1976 – 1982 Union Carbide Corporation – Chief Geologist and Chief Mine Engineer, Gas Hills, Wyoming.  Managed both geology and mine engineering departments with responsibility for exploration, reserve evaluation, mine design, budgeting, ore control, surveying, environmental permitting and mine reclamation, mineral property management and related support functions.  Directed geohyrological studies for the permitting of a new subsurface uranium tailings disposal facility. Developed reclamation plans for uranium mill tailings and heap leach facilities.
1975 – 1976 Homestake Mining Company – Exploration Geologist, surface and underground mining projects, uranium and precious metals.
1974 Amuedo & Ivey – Engineering Geologist, mine subsidence investigations, environmental and engineering geology related to oil shale development, and geotechnical investigations related to foundations and slope stability.
1973 – 1974  Colorado Geological Survey – Soils Lab Analyst, investigation and materials testing of expansive soils along the Front Range of Colorado.
1973 National Science Foundation – Geochemical Research, investigation of Acid Mine Drainage at the Argo Tunnel, Idaho Springs, Colorado.

PUBLICATIONS:

“Heap Leach recovery of Uranium in the Western US, Past and Present with a Case Study of the Sheep Mountain Uranium Project, Fremont County, Wyoming”, presented at the Australian Uranium and Rare Earths Conference, Perth, Australia, July, 2013.

“The Geology and Uranium Mineral resources and Exploration Potential of the Parana Basin, Paraguay, South America”, presented at the Australian Uranium and Rare Earths Conference, Perth, Australia, July, 2013.

“Sheep Mountain Uranium Project, Crooks Gap, Wyoming”, presented at the U 2011 SME conference, Casper, Wyoming.

“THE ANTELOPE URANIUM PROJECT -A Comparison of ISR and Heap Leach Extraction”, 2007, presented at the Annual SME conference Denver, Colorado.

“Abandoned Mine Lands Clean Up Verification Procedures for Radiological Parameters”, 1988.

“Clean Up of Radioactive Mine Waste at Abandoned Uranium Mines”, 1989.

“A Comparison of Open Pit Highwall Reduction for Hazard Mitigation by Cut, Cut and Fill, and Combined Cut and Fill Approaches”, 1993.

“The Buss Mine Reclamation Project, Gas Hills, Wyoming”, 1995.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • Professional Engineer – Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon
  • Professional Geologist, Wyoming
  • SME – Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Registered Member
  • Qualified Person (QP) Mining and Geology
  • CSM Alumni Association
  • The American Society for Surface Mine Reclamation
  • Colorado Mining Association
  • Wyoming Association for Consulting Engineers and Surveyors
  • MSHA Certified