The words in the article were "conceptual bonding method," and so I went to Google and those words have never been uttered in succession before today's article. They are apparently in some new territory where some new bonding method has to be invented. At least it seems that way from those three words written in succession in today's Star-News. So Midas Gold is at the conceptual stage of determining a method with which to bond this project? It's conceptual, so that pretty much opens up Pandora's Box as to what new scheme they can come up with to pass muster with the managing agency. However, bonding is about assuring a mess isn't left and if it is there is enough money to clean it up completely. Now it could simply be bad writing, but typically when you see something that doesn't make sense, seems outlandish or made up in a newspaper, typically the journalist isn't making things up out of thin air. Typically they were handed these words by the source. Because an editor will see the outlandish and those things that don't make any sense and ask the reporter to explain just what they mean and for that type of thing to make it to the printed page it typically means exactly what you see there. Though, somebody could have dropped the ball on that one and turned a brand new phrase that on its face is frightening.
The article also mentioned they thought the bond figure would be $55 million. They are no where close to mentioning the appropriate amount needed for there to be ample money to clean up the size mess they are planning, $55 million ain't going to cut it. My 10-15 percent of the amount they claim to be there bonding may be steep, but as one of the owners of the surrounding land and streams, I for one demand they err on the side of robust bonding.
Anyway, since I am not sure what a "conceptual bonding method" is, I hope someone who does know will comment on that at length below.
And those of you who just went to Google to check this out, I am sorry that there are now some actual hits on those three words in succession. At least there soon will be some hits on that, even Google ain't instantaneous.