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Concerns about possible deflationary spiral as commodity prices continue to slide

By: Henry Lazenby In a global economy witnessing passive consumer inflation, sluggish wage growth and falling commodity prices, some market observers have shown concern about the potential for deflation in developed markets. Last month, gold dipped below $1 200/oz, before recovering marginally, as inflation... 

Renewable energy a tough sell for prospective RoF developers

By: Henry Lazenby Among the many challenges facing as many as 20 mining companies holding claims in the Ring of Fire (RoF) mineral region of Northern Ontario, the most significant might be the limited infrastructure. However, besides having to deal with exploration, project planning, First Nations negotiations and... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF 

By: Henry Lazenby A poll released on Thursday revealed that First Nations living in the remote far northern reaches of Ontario, including near the latent Ring of Fire minerals-rich district, would be more agreeable to allow mining projects to take root near their communities if the mines were to make use of... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF

Platinum producers top mining/metals companies in sustainability data transparency index

By: Tracy Hancock The 2014 IRAS Sustainability Data Transparency Index (SDTI) report has been published, with platinum producer Anglo America Platinum (Amplats) topping the mining/metals companies list and ranking second out of the more than 300 companies assessed throughout South Africa and across all sectors in... 

Newmont to pursue support for Peru gold project despite election

By: Reuters Newmont Mining's Peruvian unit said on Friday that it will keep pushing for local support for its stalled gold mine in the highland region of Cajamarca after a jailed opponent of the project was easily re-elected to lead the region. Newmont shelved the $5-billion proposed Conga mine in 2011... 

Newmont to pursue support for Peru gold project despite election

Western Lithium opens organoclay plant in Nevada, eyes lithium prospects

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian firm Western Lithium USA this week ceremoniously cut the ribbon to its Hectatone organoclay plant in Fernley, Northern Nevada, as part of its strategy to supply specialty clays before year-end to the oil and gas sector, before adding battery-grade lithium to its product line-up from 2018... 

Western Lithium opens organoclay plant in Nevada, eyes lithium prospects

Law for ‘one environmental system’ relating to mining, related activities comes into force

By: Chantelle Kotze The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act (Nemla 3) came into force last month on September 3. Nemla 3 forms part of a suite of new laws that will give rise to the “One Environmental System” for South Africa relating to mining and related activities. 

Law for ‘one environmental system’ relating to mining,  related activities comes into force
GARYN RAPSON The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act aims to give rise to the “One Environmental System” for South Africa’s mining industry

Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze The mining industry contributes significantly to South Africa’s economic development and job creation. It also remains an infinite source of growth for the country, which means that post-mining landscapes that are socially inclusive, self-sustaining and financially viable need to be established. 

Monitoring, assessing of land reclamation methods gaining momentum in SA

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Romarco Minerals this week made strides towards completing project permitting for its flagship Haile gold project, in South Carolina, after receiving its water quality certification from the state of South Carolina and clinching agreements with several environmentalist groups not to... 

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

Commodities under pressure as China continues economic realignment

By: Simon Rees Commodity prices will continue to face near-term challenges that are linked to the dip in Chinese growth. However, support is likely to come from the country’s new economic agenda, Scotiabank VP and commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr told attendees at the recent Global Chinese Financial... 

Commodities under pressure as China continues economic realignment

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

By: Henry Lazenby Ivanhoe Mines on Wednesday hit back at a media report by Bloomberg that, among other accusations, alleged the company had rigged representative elections to a community trust that was set up as part of a broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) deal that gave 20 local communities a 26%... 

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

MAC bestows TSM award on Teck Resources’ Cardinal River ops

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources’ Cardinal River Operations (CRO), in Alberta, was on Monday bestowed with a special Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Leadership Award for outstanding performance in the initiative's three focus areas – environmental stewardship, communities and people,... 

MAC bestows TSM award on Teck Resources’ Cardinal River ops

Canada ill-placed to ensure safety of Arctic shipping - watchdog

By: Reuters Canada will have trouble ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday. Canada, said Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, had "no long-term national vision" to cope with more shipping in the... 

Canada ill-placed to ensure safety of Arctic shipping - watchdog

US growth to boost metals uptake despite muted prices

By: Simon Rees The US’s economic recovery is continuing to gather pace, supporting the physical demand for metals, export credit agency Export Development Canada VP and chief economist Peter Hall told members of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society last week. However, investment... 

US growth to boost metals uptake despite muted prices

Former Barrick CEO-led group to buy Iamgold niobium mine for $500m

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miner Iamgold on Friday announced that it had agreed to sell its important Niobec niobium mine, in Quebec, to a group of companies led by Magris Resources, the investment company founded by former Barrick Gold CEO Aaron Regent, for $500-million in cash. TSX- and NYSE-listed Iamgold... 

Former Barrick CEO-led group to buy Iamgold niobium mine for $500m

Industry slams Greens and PUP deal to block environmental reforms

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A number of industry bodies on Thursday called on the Senate to reconsider their position and pass the one-stop shop environmental reforms as soon as possible, after it emerged the Greens party had banded together with the Palmer United Party (PUP) to block the reforms. In exchange for the... 

Industry slams Greens and PUP deal to block environmental reforms

Greenland appears headed for new election, opposition claims majority

By: Reuters The leader of Greenland's top opposition party said on Wednesday enough parliamentarians have crossed over to her side to bring about fresh elections after the prime minister took a leave of absence in a dispute over her use of public finances. The political turmoil is likely to paralyse the... 

Greenland appears headed for new election, opposition claims majority

Arizona judge recommends Curis’ Florence aquifer permit be rescinded

By: Henry Lazenby Despite explicitly stating facts to the contrary, Arizona administrative law judge Diane Milhasky on Wednesday recommended that the Arizona Department of Water Quality (ADEQ) rescind a temporary individual aquifer protection permit (APP) granted to Florence Copper, the proponent of the in-situ... 

Arizona judge recommends Curis’ Florence aquifer permit be rescinded

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come

By: Henry Lazenby A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Lofdal rare earths project, in Namibia, had given investors in project promoter Namibia Rare Earths their first positive indications of the economic potential of the project. The TSX-listed project developer on Wednesday reported the positive... 

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come

Positive legacy becoming important part of responsible mining

By: Leandi Kolver Leaving behind a positive legacy was increasingly becoming an important component of responsible mining, University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry director Professor Caroline Digby said on Wednesday at the opening session of the Mine Closure 2014 conference,... 

Positive legacy becoming important part of responsible mining

Extra comment period for KGHM’s changed Ajax mine expected in Nov

By: Henry Lazenby Kamloops community members will have another chance to give input into the proposed Ajax copper/gold mine, in British Columbia, after proponent KGHM International in May substantially changed the mine layout in response to community complaints. The province’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO)... 

Extra comment period for KGHM’s changed Ajax mine expected in Nov

Bigger trucks with better manoeuvrability for mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea Local forklift distributor and services provider Toyota Forklift added bigger trucks, with a capacity of up to 8 t, to its 8-series range of counterbalanced trucks this year, making it easier for mining operations to meet their materials handling requirements. “The trucks are suitable for mining... 

Bigger trucks with better  manoeuvrability for  mining operations
USEFUL MANOEUVRABILITY Toyota Forklift’s new counterbalance trucks are suitable for mining because of their compact size and ability to move in tight spaces

Company provides on-site mine shelters

By: Bruce Montiea Specialised multidisciplinary engineering, lifting and materials handling company Akhanani Electromechanical Engineering this year launched a portable workshop structure – the Dome Shelter – providing South African mining companies with a flexible and user-friendly way of constructing on-site... 

Company provides  on-site mine shelters
UNDER SHELTER The Dome Shelters work as shelter and protection for plant and equipment

NovX21 inks framework supply agreement with Quebec auto parts recyclers

By: Henry Lazenby Quebec-based green-technology pioneer NovX21 on Thursday announced that it had inked a framework supply agreement with the Quebec Association of Auto Parts Recyclers (ARPAC), an organisation of 84 members involved with green recycling of end-of-life vehicles and selling high-quality,... 

NovX21 inks framework supply agreement with Quebec auto parts recyclers

EPA agrees to stay Pebble action pending fed court proceedings

By: Henry Lazenby The US federal court in Alaska on Thursday released an order recognising that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had agreed not to take the next step to advance its Clean Water Act Section 404(c) regulatory process regarding south-west Alaska's Pebble project until at least January 2,... 

EPA agrees to stay Pebble action pending fed court proceedings

Comments count climbs after EPA’s Bristol Bay public hearings

By: Henry Lazenby Following a public comment period that ended on Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) docket containing all comments and submissions regarding its ‘proposed determination’ to restrict the use of certain watersheds in Southwest Alaska as potential disposal sites for mine waste... 

Comments count climbs after EPA’s Bristol Bay public hearings

Delayed water-use permit forces Capstone to shuffle Minto mine plan

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based Capstone Mining on Monday reported that it had received an amended quartz mining licence for the Minto North deposit, but added that it had not received the Yukon Water Board’s water-use licence (WUL) amendment, which was required to start prestripping of Capstone's Minto North... 

Delayed water-use permit forces Capstone to shuffle Minto mine plan

Gold industry at a crossroads, return to fundamentals essential for capital

By: Henry Lazenby The gold industry needed to make money once more, and return to fundamentals if it was to succeed in competing with the gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for coveted capital, the world’s seventh-largest gold producer by output said on Thursday. In a keynote address at professional services firm... 

Gold industry at a crossroads, return to fundamentals essential for capital

Lincoln awarded groundwater licence in South Australia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed junior Lincoln Minerals on Thursday announced that it had received a groundwater licence for its proposed iron-ore mine in South Australia. In August this year, the Environment, Resources and Development Court of South Australian directed the Minister for Sustainability, Environment... 

Group of 11 W African miners welcome Obama’s intensified Ebola fight

By: Henry Lazenby A group of eleven miners operating in West Africa on Tuesday welcomed US President Barack Obama’s Monday announcement that the US would allocate significant additional resources to the region to contain and reverse the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, bolstering additional resources announced... 

Group of 11 W African miners welcome Obama’s intensified Ebola fight

Colorado’s coal mining industry in dire straits as EPA rules tighten noose 

By: Henry Lazenby Colorado has been blessed with a bounty of minerals that has historically played a critical role in ensuring the state’s economic success; however, new legislative measures has cast doubt over the future stability of the region’s coal mining industry. Increasingly strict legislation aimed at... 

Colorado’s coal mining industry in dire straits as EPA rules tighten noose
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