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ACID MINE DRAINAGE

Govt lauded for AMD paradigm shift, but detractors insist it hasn’t fully grasped complexity of the issue

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While government is stating that acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa is not an insurmountable problem and that the country will certainly win the struggle, industry experts and activists are concerned that the true extent of the challenge has...
18th April 2014
 
 
GRAPHITE

Chinese flake graphite consolidation could alter global supply structure

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China has revealed plans to consolidate operations in the world’s most prolific flake graphite producing region – the Heilongjiang province, where most of the world’s battery raw material comes from – that could significantly alter the...
17th April 2014
 
 
POTASH

IC Potash gets green light for New Mexico SOP project

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Potash project developer IC Potash (ICP) has received notice that the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had published a record of decision (ROD) approving its plans to build and operate its sulphate of potash (SOP)...
15th April 2014
 
 
PRIVATE FUNDING

Private equity investment still circling mining sector

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The growth in private equity investment within mining and metals has provoked greater debate about its role as a driving force within the sector over the past year. However, private equity is selective about when and where it deploys capital; it...
14th April 2014
 
 
BC EXPLORATION

More grassroots prospecting investment required in BC

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Investment in the grassroots level of prospecting and early-stage exploration are critically needed in British Columbia to uncover new deposits that, in turn, would encourage more investment in advanced exploration and resource development, the...
14th April 2014
 
 
ABORIGINAL RIGHTS

On the road to reconciliation, tension between miners and Aboriginals grow

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A protester raises his fist during a demonstration for indigenous sovereignty in Toronto. While Canada has come a long way in reconciling pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed Crown sovereignty, tension is rising between the proponents of several new mining projects located on Crown lands, or within Aboriginal reserves, and...
11th April 2014
 
 
MINING & THE ENVIRONMENT

Mintails spends R1.5bn on mine closures, budgets R85m for next 20 years

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MARK BRUNE 
There are about 5.5-billion tons of gold mine tailings spread over Johannesburg’s goldfields
South Africa-focused tailings extractor Mintails has, to date, invested R1.5-billion in its mine closure operations and expects to spend an additional R85-million on closure costs by the time it ceases its planned operation in 20 years.
11th April 2014
 
 
SCANDIUM

DNI adds scandium to Alberta project’s product basket

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Project development junior DNI Metals on Wednesday said that an initial evaluation of recovering scandium as a co-product of the polymetallic mining operations planned for its Buckton deposit, in Alberta, had concluded that by incorporating a...
9th April 2014
 
 
 
 
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