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Flawed design fingered in Mt Polley tailings dam failure

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 6 hours ago British Columbia will immediately act on seven critical recommendations of an independent panel that investigated the tailings storage facility (TSF) failure that took place early in August last year at Canadian base metals miner Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley copper/gold mine and launch a code... 

Coal of Africa shares rise on update

By: Martin Creamer The shares of triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) rose by more than 3% before noon on Friday following the company’s release of a quarterly update, which recorded a series of financial settlements, environmental go-aheads and project advances. CoAL also announced the issuing of... 

Coal of Africa shares rise on update
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David Brown

Fluid Burkina Faso situation still delaying progress at True Gold’s Karma

By: Henry Lazenby The continued fluidity of events in Burkina Faso has made an update on the timeline of TSX-V-listed True Gold's flagship Karma gold difficult to pin down, with the company initially expecting to pour first gold as early as October this year. While the West Africa-focused project developer noted... 

Junior miners urged to consolidate to enhance survival chances in current environment

By: Anine Vermeulen Junior miners continue to play an increasingly important role in the growth of mining assets through exploration on the African continent and, as emerging producers, constitute an important component of the mineral production chain. However, they face mounting challenges regarding their survival,... 

Junior miners urged to consolidate to enhance survival chances in current environment

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer The global mining industry makes its biggest contribution in the world’s poorest regions, an International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) study has found. The study, which became available in published form on Tuesday, finds that mining spurs the growth and development of national economies... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM
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Anthony Hodge

Seabridge Gold appoints independent panel to advise on KSM

By: Henry Lazenby British Columbia-focused project developer Seabridge Gold has established an independent geotechnical review board (IGRB) to review and consider its KSM project's tailings management facility (TMF) and water-storage dam (WSD), focusing on their structural stability and integrity. The IGRB would... 

Centerra Gold’s Gatsuurt project gains 'strategic important' Mongolian status

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold producer Centerra Gold’s Gatsuurt project, 35 km from its operating Boroo mine, in Mongolia, has been designated as a 'mineral deposit of strategic importance' by the Mongolian Parliament. The project milestone paves the way for Centerra to move forward within the country’s Water... 

Brazilian port licence in spotlight as Kazakh, Indian miners head to court

By: Reuters Brazil's public prosecutor is seeking an injunction on a port licence that could be central to a London court battle between two mining companies run by Kazakh and Indian tycoons. Documents seen by Reuters on Thursday showed that Brazil's Federal Prosecution Service and Office of the District... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015

By: Bruce Montiea Irrespective of the general negative economic climate, long-term economic value in minerals projects can be achieved once environmental and social issues are built into a company’s strategy and not externalised, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting (SA). Chairperson and corporate... 

Consulting company hopes for a prosperous 2015
ROGER DIXON SRK Consulting’s strategy and policy group can facilitate collaborative engagement among mining industry stakeholders

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands

By: Bruce Montiea Recognising the trends and developments that shape the mining industry across the value chain, occupational health, safety and environmental risk management services provider NOSA aims to establish itself as a leading innovator in terms of occupational risk management in the mining sector, says... 

Organisation aligns itself with industry demands
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SAFETY FOCUS The Investing in African Mining Indaba presents an ideal opportunity to shed some light on the need for innovation in occupational risk management

Rio stays on for Panoramic's Canadian project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant Rio Tinto’s exploration arm has taken the decision to enter into an earn-in option agreement with ASX-listed Panoramic Resources over the Thunder Bay North project, in Canada. In July last year, Rio Tinto Exploration Canada inked a consolidation agreement with Panoramic, brining... 

Mining sector will find reward by addressing risk

By: Simon Rees Consider the resource supercycle; it was a once-in-a-generation event driven by China becoming the world’s workshop. The country’s demand for commodities seemed insatiable and pushed many metal and mineral prices to historic highs. The mantra for most mining seniors became “big is beautiful” and... 

Govt rolls out streamlined licensing processes

By: Sashnee Moodley Government rolled out its One Environmental System to streamline licensing processes for mining, environmental authorisations and water use, in December last year, with the aim to improve the ease of doing business and further enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness as a mining investment... 

Turkish court issues EIA injunction against Alamos Gold’s Agi Dagi project

By: Henry Lazenby Alamos Gold on Thursday confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that an injunction was being placed on the previously approved environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Agi Dagi gold project, in Turkey. The development would impede project momentum until Alamos had assessed the “cumulative impacts”... 

Turkish court issues EIA injunction against Alamos Gold’s Agi Dagi project

To survive miners need to deftly balance short-term hopes with long-term business needs

By: Henry Lazenby To remain viable into the future, mining companies need have to become more adept at balancing short-term investor expectations with long-term business imperatives, while dealing with challenging market conditions, including price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades... 

Tulsequah Chief mine determined ‘substantially started’ – BC Ministry of Environment

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak has determined that Chieftain Metals Corp’s Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project was 'substantially started', ending a First Nation challenge to the validity of the original ministerial determination in 2012. The Ministry of Environment stated... 

Tulsequah Chief mine determined ‘substantially started’ – BC Ministry of Environment
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Tulsequah Chief, British Columbia

Canadian oil firms rein in spending as oil price craters

By: Henry Lazenby Companies focused on Canada’s oil patch in Alberta are facing tough times ahead should the cratering oil price remain below forecasts for a prolonged time. The latest firm to prune back investment spending in its 2015 budget was Canada’s largest oil and gas company Suncor Energy, which lopped... 

Canadian oil firms rein in spending as oil price craters

EPA blocks MinRes mine in Yilgarn on environmental concerns

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has vetoed the proposed development of the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron-ore project by Polaris Metals, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes). The Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East projects formed part of MinRes’ greater... 

Keystone clears hurdles, stage set for Washington showdown

By: Reuters The Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared two hurdles on Friday, setting up a showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama who has raised new questions about the project after more than six years of review. Following months of deliberation, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed a route for the... 

Keystone clears hurdles, stage set for Washington showdown

Romarco enters into tolling agreement to give greens more time to settle claims

By: Henry Lazenby Toronto-based Romarco Minerals has entered into a tolling agreement between its subsidiary Haile Gold Mine, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Sierra Club, which would extend the time for filing an appeal to the South Carolina Mining Counsel by four... 

Barrick says Chile court won't hear its appeal on Pascua-Lama fine

By: Reuters Chile's Supreme Court has declined to hear Barrick Gold Corp's appeal of a lower court's decision involving fines imposed on its Pascua-Lama project by the country's environmental regulator, the company said on Wednesday. Chile's environmental regulator, known as the SMA, fined Barrick... 

Alacer Gold gets environmental nod for Turkish sulphide project

By: Henry Lazenby Gold producer Alacer Gold on Sunday reported that the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation had approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Çöpler sulphide project. The approval was the next step in the expansion of the gold mine to increase its life-of-mine (LoM) output... 

Alacer Gold gets environmental nod for Turkish sulphide project

Feds give Seabridge Gold's KSM the environmental nod 

By: Henry Lazenby One of the world’s largest undeveloped gold and copper projects, Seabridge Gold’s KSM project, in north-west British Columbia, has received the nod of approval from Canada’s Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq, marking the end of a nearly seven-year journey to complete the joint harmonised... 

Alpha Natural affiliates settle selenium-discharge cases brought by greens

By: Henry Lazenby US coal producer Alpha Natural Resources affiliated mining operations have settled three selenium-discharge law suits brought by four environmental organisations. Selenium is a naturally occurring element that could be released into streams as a by-product of some common earthmoving activities,... 

BC chief inspector of mines amends Mt Polley Act to enable repairs to start

By: Henry Lazenby The chief inspector of mines for British Columbia has approved an amendment to the Mount Polley Mine Corporation Mines Act permit to allow the company to start repairs of the breach in its tailings storage facility dam. The repair work was part of the long-term remediation plan for the area... 

New guidelines given for fracking in WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) new assessment guidelines for hydraulic fracturing, saying they supported the state’s existing regulatory regime. The EPA on Wednesday released a... 

New guidelines given for fracking in WA

Goverment moves apace with one-stop shop plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed the Commonwealth government’s progress on the development of a one-stop shop for environmental approvals, after bilateral agreements with both South Australia and New South Wales were thrown open for public... 

Industrial processes’ expensive-to-capture CO2 can tackle AMD, says Royal HaskoningDHV

By: Chantelle Kotze Unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) produced in industrial processes, which is often too expensive to capture, can effectively be used in the mining industry to treat the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD), using the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR’s) Alkali Barium Calcium (ABC)... 

B2Gold’s Philippine operation running normally after Typhoon Hagupit

By: Henry Lazenby The TSX-listed shares of Canadian miner B2Gold on Tuesday gained 4.52% amid robust trading activity after the company reported that operations were running normally at the Masbate mine, in the Philippines, following Typhoon Hagupit. The typhoon first made landfall Saturday at the island of Samar,... 

Ivanhoe signs up more than 650 employees for Platreef project site work

By: Henry Lazenby Africa-focused Ivanhoe Mines has employed more than 650 men and women at its flagship Platreef project, on South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex’s Northern Limb, in Limpopo, with residents of Mokopane holding more than 500  jobs, representing 78% of the total workforce. After starting site... 

S Carolina environmental authority declines to consider last minute request for Haile review

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Romarco Minerals this week reported that the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control had declined to consider environmental activist group the Sierra Club's request for a final review conference on the department's decision to issue a mine operating permit for the... 

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