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Pretium’s Brucejack project gets BC’s environmental nod, bar 15 conditions

By: Henry Lazenby British Columbia’s Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett have issued an environmental assessment certificate to Pretium Resources for the Brucejack gold mine, about 65 km north-west of Stewart district municipality. The ministers had issued the certificate... 

British Columbia recognises health and safety achievements of local mines

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) this week recognised several local mining operations for their health and safety achievements at the fifty-third yearly Mine Safety Awards banquet, in the provincial capital Victoria. The awards were presented to mines and quarries within the... 

Rio and Alcoa bow out of bauxite project to make way for national park

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Industry titans Rio Tinto and Alcoa have terminated a historic State Agreement Act intended to facilitate the development of a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in the north Kimberley region, instead freeing up the area to allow for the establishment of a national park. “The Kimberley National... 

Chilean Environmental Court rejects claims that Barrick damaged glaciers

By: Henry Lazenby Chile's Environmental Court  ruled on Monday that the Pascua-Lama project straddling the Chilean/Argentinian border had not damaged glaciers within the project's area of influence. Barrick reaffirmed its commitment to work with stakeholders and local communities in Chile to advance Pascua-Lama in... 

Noront Resources consolidates position in Ontario’s Ring of Fire for a bargain 

By: Henry Lazenby Northern Ontario’s emerging minerals-rich Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp has a new champion after US-focused iron-ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources agreed to bow out of the prospective region by selling its claims to explorer Noront Resources for $20-million. Noront, which was currently in... 

Noront Resources consolidates position in Ontario’s Ring of Fire for a bargain

Australia commits extra A$100m to protect Great Barrier Reef

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian government would commit an additional A$100-million in new funding for the Reef Trust to support the implementation of the Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced over the weekend. The Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan is the... 

Australia commits extra A$100m to protect Great Barrier Reef

Company prioritises oil-contamination prevention, safety

By: Bruce Montiea To reduce the environmental impact of its projects, drilling services company Ubuntu Rock Drilling (URD) aims to prevent oil contamination as much as possible, company marketing manager Michelle Berrington tells Mining Weekly. To achieve this, a plastic liner is used to cover the ground surface... 

Company prioritises oil-contamination  prevention, safety
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ZERO SPILLAGE Drilling must have as little impact as possible on the environment

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate

By: David D‘ Oliveira The increasing focus on mitigating the environmental and social impacts of mining is making securing financing to develop new and expand existing mining projects more difficult, says specialist mining consultancy The MSA Group. MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton explains that... 

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate
FINDING A SOLUTION Environmental and social risk imperatives will always be present and companies have to find means to identify, manage and limit those risks

Legislative changes to result in improved enviro protection

By: David D‘ Oliveira While recent changes to legislation have not affected the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) role as controlling authority in terms of issuing mining environmental authorisations, penalties for noncompliance are greater than what they were under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources... 

Legislative changes  to result in improved enviro protection
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NEMA AMENDMENTS, SAFER ENVIRONMENT Increased penalties should result in the environment being better protected in the areas affected by mining activities

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore

By: David D‘ Oliveira Amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) in October last year indicate that government is focusing more on mining-related land rehabilitation schemes, says land rehabilitation membership organisation the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) council... 

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore
LAND REHABILITATION FOCUS The Nema amendments have shifted the focus from closure plans as a guide for post-mining planning documentation to rehabilitation plans

New extinguisher system eliminates need for harmful chemicals

By: David D‘ Oliveira Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions launched its environment-friendly water-based extinguisher system EXTINGUISHmist in November last year after it had received certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. I-Cat product specialist Eugene Kleynhans explains... 

Effective CSR strategies becoming increasingly critical to project success

By: Henry Lazenby With the extractive industry these days being forced to look for viable projects in more far-flung regions, it often entails coming into contact with communities that have, in a sense, been forgotten or neglected by their own governments, potentially adding to project risk. But socioeconomic... 

Effective CSR strategies becoming increasingly critical to project success

Great Barrier Reef ‘in-danger’ listing to hurt industry – QRC

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Should the Unesco World Heritage Committee assign an ‘in-danger’ status to the Great Barrier Reef, it would be a death knell for industries relying on imports or exports, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has warned. Revealing an independent analysis of what it would mean if Unesco in June... 

Caserones mine in Chile fined for environmental failures

By: Reuters Chile has fined the Caserones copper mine in northern Chile $11.9-million for breaching environmental rules, its environmental regulator said on Wednesday. The fine was for a number of infractions, including failure to implement mitigation measures to prevent the contamination of underground... 

Algae can reduce coal-related CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa can benefit from using algae and related plants for carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and cofiring while facilitating mine rehabilitation, says coal expert and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Rosemary Falcon. The research... 

Algae can reduce  coal-related  CO2 emissions
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BENEFICIAL The research into using algae and related plants for CO2 reduction and cofiring is at an advanced stage at the Clean Coal Technology Centre at Wits

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology

By: Bruce Montiea Coal merchant Afri Coal is investigating a coal processing method to reduce carbon emissions, says company director Pauline Coertzen. Afri Coal is conducting the research and development for this method that it will, once commercialised, provide for its clients that process coal. 

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology
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TRANSPORT COSTS One of the most common challenges of bulk coal distribution is transport costs, from the loading point to the client

Early understanding of social risks should inform project decisions

By: Bruce Montiea Proposed mining projects’ investment and capital expenditure decisions should be informed by an early understanding of social risks, says environmental and social services provider Digby Wells Environmental stakeholder engagement departmental manager Nestus Bredenhann. He states that obtaining a... 

Early understanding of  social risks should inform project decisions
CONSULTATION Mining companies have to communicate the potential environmental impact of their operations to local communities

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed

Global industry body the World Coal Association (WCA) has called for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies, to meet the growing global energy demand, while also reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As coal is currently providing 40% of global electricity, with coal use forecast to... 

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed
CLEAN COAL The World Coal Association calls for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to meet the growing global energy demand while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Mineral sands project developed

Exploration company World Titanium Resources’ Ranobe mine, in south-west Madagascar, is undergoing final environmental and social permitting by the local government, the company said in November last year. The mine, which forms a part of World Titanium’s Tier 1 Toliara Sands project is projected... 

Mining industry needs to be more consultative, transparent

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining companies needed to be more open and transparent with communities surrounding their mine operations, Bench Marks Foundation executive director John Capel said in his presentation during a panel discussion, of which the topic was Building Community Trust, at the 2015 Investing in African... 

Ecuador, seeking investment, buffs up mining sector image

By: Reuters Rebranding itself as a mining-friendly jurisdiction, Ecuador has high hopes that incentives and tax benefits will polish its tarnished image and attract $5-billion worth of investment over the next five years, a senior minister told Reuters. The small Andean nation believes that incentives... 

Tungsten industry in transition as China's competitiveness wanes

By: Henry Lazenby Despite China having not yet made significant inroads into securing tungsten supply from outside its borders, it might only be a matter of time before teh country did, providing the incentive investors are looking for to finance several shovel-ready projects. Tungsten, or wolfram as it is also... 

Canada strikes more than 10 African foreign investment promotion, protection accords 

By: Henry Lazenby Canada has concluded foreign investment promotion and protection agreements with more than ten countries in Africa, improving the confidence and protection Canadian companies need to invest abroad. Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast, accompanied by ministerial colleagues from African... 

Canada strikes more than 10 African foreign investment promotion, protection accords
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The African mining delegation closes the TSX on Tuesday.

Brazil’s ambassador to Canada calls for greater trade between the two natural resource giants

By: Simon Rees Brazil seeks to boost the level of bilateral trade with Canada, particularly in the sphere of mining, the country’s ambassador to Canada Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos told audience members at the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce mining breakfast on Monday. The level of bilateral trade between... 

Norway supports TiZir's green plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) has welcomed the Norwegian government's support for its TiZir joint venture (JV) with France’s Eramet in Norway. A government agency would provide $16.2-million in funding to the TiZir JV to upgrade its titanium and iron (TTI) facility, which smelts... 

True Gold formalises technical shutdown at Burkina Faso project

By: Henry Lazenby Damages to equipment and site infrastructure, sustained during a violent protest by local communities at Canadian project developer True Gold's Karma project, in Burkina Faso, in January, amounted to about $6.1-million. The Vancouver-based company on Monday said it had formalised a technical... 

Five years on, Quebec’s Plan Nord 2.0 aims for coherence in low-price environment

By: Henry Lazenby When the Quebec government’s Plan Nord to develop the parts of the province located north of the 49th parallel was launched under Jean Charest’s Quebec Liberal Party in May 2011, it was heralded as a timely and necessary act in the mining industry’s favourable economic context at the time. But a... 

Five years on, Quebec’s Plan Nord 2.0 aims for coherence in low-price environment
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Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest unveiled the Plan Nord on May 9, 2011.

New Brunswick tungsten project EIA cleared for public consultation

By: Henry Lazenby Tungsten project developer Northcliff Resources has cleared a critical milestone, with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (NBDELG) completing a review of the Sisson project draft environmental-impact assessment (EIA) report and clearing it to start public... 

Greece revokes approval for Eldorado Gold’s Skouries project

By: Henry Lazenby Greece has revoked the approval required by Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold to complete construction of the Skouries project processing plant. The company on Monday announced that its subsidiary Hellas Gold on Friday received the notice from Greece's Ministry of Productive Reconstruction, Energy... 

Canadian fed and Ontario govts unveil supports for mining industry

By: Henry Lazenby Several federal departments of the Canadian government, as well as the Ontario provincial government, unveiled new measures and investments on Sunday to increase support and drive growth in the country's besieged mining industry. In a speech to the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada,... 

Canadian fed and Ontario govts unveil supports for mining industry
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Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver

Mining investment at the core of African economic development

By: Henry Lazenby The potential for broad-based development driven by mineral resources as well as upstream oil and gas remains largely untapped in African countries, but the quest for solutions to make mineral and petroleum resources an engine for growth and development have been a central preoccupation of... 

Mining investment at the core of African economic development
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