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CIL expansion project faces enviro roadblock

By: Ajoy K Das A special committee of India’s forests and environment ministry has rejected the environmental application for the expansion of Coal India Limited’s (CIL’s) Kasmunda coal mine, in the central Indian province of Chhattisgarh. The mine, operated by CIL subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields, had... 

Goldcorp, Teck to combine Chile projects into massive 50/50 JV

By: Henry Lazenby Gold major Goldcorp and Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources will combine their El Morro and Relincho projects, in Chile, to leverage increased financial returns and dramatically reduce capital expenditure. The miners announced on Thursday that both companies would contribute their separate... 

Goldcorp, Teck to combine Chile projects into massive 50/50 JV
Photo by Goldcorp/Teck Resources
Project Corridor, in Chile, aims to combine the El Morro and Relincho projects.

Canada PM declines to comment on the value of Canadian dollar

By: Reuters Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday declined to comment on the value of the Canadian dollar, which has fallen to 11-year lows against the US dollar in recent sessions amid a drop in oil prices and global market volatility. "The Canadian prime minister doesn't make any comments on... 

Magnis gets enviro nod for Tanzanian project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed junior Magnis Resources was one step closer to ticking all the boxes at its Nachu graphite project, after an environmental certificate was issued by the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania. The certificate was essential to the granting of a mining licence for the project. 

Alkane's Dubbo enviro plans approved

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The share price of Alkane Resources responded positively on Tuesday after the federal Department of Environment gave the go-ahead for the development of the Dubbo zirconia project, in New South Wales. The Department of Environment had assessed the project’s impact on the pink-tailed work lizard... 

Minera IRL removes interim CEO after allegations of impropriety

By: Henry Lazenby The board of Latin America-focused gold junior Minera IRL had unanimously voted to remove interim CEO Diego Benavides, the company reported on Monday. The gold junior, which was developing the Ollachea gold project, in Peru, had run into a road block as the local community had suspended its... 

Nevada Copper gets green light to build Pumpkin Hollow

By: Henry Lazenby The City of Yerington has given TSX-listed Nevada Copper permission to immediately start with any work necessary to develop its Pumpkin Hollow copper project. “With all permits in hand and land title aspects complete, Nevada Copper will focus on financing options as it now can begin construction... 

Perplexed Eldorado threatens legal action against Greek permit suspension

By: Henry Lazenby Multinational miner Eldorado Gold has threatened legal action against the Greek government’s suspension of its Skouries and Olympias gold project development permits, in Halkidiki, northern Greece. "We are most disappointed and perplexed by this entirely inappropriate decision of the Ministry,... 

Chilean strike, extreme weather interrupt Cerro Grande’s Pimenton mine

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Cerro Grande Mining expects its earnings in its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30 to be adversely affected by the obstruction of the road serving its Pimenton mine, in Chile.  Striking subcontract workers at Chilean mining major Codelco’s Andina copper/gold mine and a... 

Greece halts activity at Canadian-run gold mine

By: Reuters Greece has suspended the mining operations of Canada's Eldorado Gold, in northern Greece, saying the company violated contract terms, in a setback to one of the top foreign investment projects in the country. The $1-billion project is considered a test case for Greece's ability to attract... 

Greece halts activity at Canadian-run gold mine

Greek court decisions allow Eldorado to accelerate Skouries construction

By: Henry Lazenby Multinational miner Eldorado Gold has received two favourable court decisions in Greece, allowing it to accelerate construction activities at the Skouries gold/copper project, in Halkidiki, in northern Greece. Construction of the project came to a halt in March, when the then newly elected Greek... 

Greek court decisions allow Eldorado to accelerate Skouries construction
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Skouries, Greece.

U3O8 Corp well positioned to take advantage of approaching uranium upside

By: Simon Rees The restart of reactor No 1 at the Sendai nuclear plant, in Japan, this week was potentially a harbinger of a rising tide for the uranium industry, underpinned by China’s rapidly expanding fleet of nuclear reactors and other countries seeking to expand their nuclear capabilities as their... 

U3O8 Corp well positioned to take advantage of approaching uranium upside

Colorado governor declares state of emergency in gold mine wastewater spill

By: Reuters Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday declared a "state of disaster emergency" over the accidental release of more than 11.3-million litres of potentially toxic wastewater from a defunct Colorado gold mine into local streams. Hickenlooper said the order would free up some $500 000 from a... 

Adani committed to Carmichael, but could face cost blow-out

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Indian major Adani Group on Thursday said that while it was "regrettable" that the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal mine and rail project, in Queensland, had been further delayed by a recent Federal Court ruling, the company was confident that the project would regain its environmental approval. The... 

US states, industry lash out at final Obama climate rules

By: Henry Lazenby Several coal-producing US states and the private sector have lashed out at President Barack Obama and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) first-ever Clean Power Plan Rule that was finalised on Monday, aiming to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants and dealing the domestic... 

US states, industry lash out at final Obama climate rules

QRC warns of antiresources activists' impact on investment 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has warned Australian government agencies that appeasing antiresources activists could discourage investment into Australia’s resources sector. Speaking at the Darwin Mining Club, QRC CEO Michael Roche said that, in a fruitless attempt to appease the... 

Centerra Gold makes progress in diversifying asset base, reports strong Q2 performance

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Centerra Gold has completed a positive feasibility study on its fully owned Öksüt project, in south-central Turkey, with first gold production slated for early in the second quarter of 2017. The feasibility study's base-case scenario estimated that the project would have an... 

Vista Gold receives $4.3m Australian R&D tax refund

By: Henry Lazenby TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed Vista Gold has received a further $4.3-million research and development (R&D) tax incentive refund, net of costs to prepare and file, from the Australian government related to costs incurred during the 2013 fiscal year. The refund was paid under the Australian... 

British Columbia issues Canadian Mining quarry permit

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines has issued TSX-V-listed Canadian Mining with a new five-year 50 000 t/y quarry permit for its Bromley Creek zeolite mine lease, near Princeton. President and CEO Ray Paquette reported that the company had increased the reclamation security and... 

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold project developer Gabriel Resources has filed a request for arbitration before the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against Romania. The TSX-listed company had been embroiled in a longstanding dispute with Romania over the development... 

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

Canada’s exploration, mining industries call for government collaboration on policy priorities

By: Henry Lazenby At the seventy-second yearly conference of Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers, the country’s exploration and mining industries on Monday lobbied for increased government attention in several challenging sector areas during the current period of economic downturn and uncertainty. The Canadian... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE 

By: Henry Lazenby Uranium mining in Quebec is not feasible for several years still, owing to the exceedingly negative perception mining of the radio active element has among the province’s inhabitants, as a result of “numerous unanswered” questions regarding human health and ecosystem integrity, a committee tasked... 

Quebec uranium mining not realistic for several years – BAPE

MRF delivering results – Minister

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) has delivered tangible results, with the area of mining and exploration land under rehabilitation in the state having increased by 7% in 2014/15. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said over the weekend that the MRF was encouraging... 

Argentinian elections heat up as resource sectors offer country platform for recovery

By: Simon Rees It is likely that the new administration of Argentina, which heads to the polls later this year, will be more business friendly and market orientated, with mining and other natural resource sectors playing an increasingly significant role. “The money will start to flow in again once Argentina... 

Argentinian elections heat up as resource sectors offer country platform for recovery

Rickford highlights fed commitment to supporting the mining sector

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian government's enhanced support for the mining industry through its Economic Action Plan will help ensure a thriving, dynamic mining sector that will provide jobs and growth for Canadians, Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for... 

Claude temporarily suspends mining as northern Saskatchewan wildfires approach

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Gold miner Claude Resources has temporarily suspended underground mining at the Seabee gold operation, in northern Saskatchewan, and is taking steps to remove nonessential personnel from the site owing to an approaching forest fire. Saskatoon-based Claude noted on Monday that the... 

Nevada Copper moving ahead with fine-tuning Pumpkin Hollow permits

By: Simon Rees Nevada Copper is considering modifications of its current state permits for its Pumpkin Hollow project to allow for an operation as envisaged in its recently released integrated feasibility study (IFS) and estimates that this fine-tuning will be completed during the current quarter. Nevada’s... 

Namibia Rare Earths starts EIA for Lofdal project

By: Henry Lazenby Heavy rare earth project developer Namibia Rare Earths has started work on an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for the Lofdal project, after selecting SLR Environmental Consulting to lead the study. The TSX-listed company had focused its operations in Namibia on baseline environmental... 

BC OKs restricted restart of Mt Polley mine amid environmental protests

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia provincial government has given base metals miner Imperial Metals the green light to restart partial operations at the ill-fated Mount Polley mine, after a breach of the tailings dam in August last year caused environmental havoc and a province-wide regulatory safety review.... 

WA's enviro reform delivering as promised - Minister

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australia government’s resource industry environmental reform programme has already delivered mining industry efficiencies by cutting exploration application assessment times, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion reported this week. Marmion said that the average times for... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The general mood of the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s Rare Earth Monthly Report, which... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

Uncertainty, complexity of SA’s enviro laws to come under the spotlight at August conference

By: Ilan Solomons The uncertainty and complexity regarding the promulgation of several environmental laws and regulations in South Africa that impact on the mining industry is a concern, says international law firm Hogan Lovells partner and Africa mining head Warren Beech. He will explore these issues during a... 

Uncertainty, complexity of SA’s enviro laws  to come under the spotlight at August conference
KROONDAL MINE The dispute concerned the efficacy of proposed measures to limit the pollution that might have been caused by the deposition of tailings at Aquarius’s Kroondal mine, in the North West

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: Government and the private sector are working constructively to tackle acid mine drainage in the Wits basin. South Africa’s rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 people of jobs. And, mine mechanisation that’s linked to local equipment retains jobs. 

Resources Watch

New chair named for EPA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian state government has appointed environmental scientist and researcher Dr Tom Hatton as the new chairperson of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The appointment would run for an initial five-year period, and would start on November 5. 

Switching to growth mode top priority for mining and metals companies – EY

By: Creamer Media Reporter Cyclical behaviour and short-term focused shareholders had pushed a ‘switch to growth mode’ to the top of professional services firm EY's yearly ranking of business risks in mining and metals companies globally. "A switch to growth mode, productivity improvement and access to capital are all... 

Switching to growth mode top priority for mining and metals companies – EY

Resources industry welcomes Unesco's Great Barrier Reef decision

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian government and resources industry have welcomed a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Committee not to place the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘in-danger’ list. The 21-member committee this week took a final decision... 

Resources industry welcomes Unesco's Great Barrier Reef decision

Vogel to step down as EPA chair

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced that chairperson Paul Vogel would step down from his position at the end of his term in November. Vogel, who was appointed in 2007, is the second longest serving chairperson in the EPA’s 44-year history. 

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