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BHP fighting rollercoaster legal battle over Brazil dam collapse

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Claims and appeals in Brazil's unpredictable legal environment are obscuring the potential size of BHP Billiton's burst-dam compensation payout, which is oscillating between a hoped-for $2.3-billion, the sudden return of a suspended $6.2-billion and the refusal to go away of a $58-billion claim.... 

Philippines to review all mines as environmentalist takes the helm

By: Reuters     1st July 2016 The Philippines will review all mines operating in the country, the new Mining Minister said on Friday, as the committed environmentalist vowed to determine whether the industry is hurting the Southeast Asian nation. Regina Lopez's appointment to head the Department of Environment and Natural... 

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 The public now has access to Johannesburg-based mining, engineering and related disciplines library The Technical Library through a membership programme, after having been outsourced from diversified miner Anglo American.  

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public
INFORMATION ON HAND The Technical Library staff provide source-specific material for members of the engineering and mining industry

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition
Photo by Source: WWF-SA/Substance Films
2016 SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE SOLVER AWARD WINNERS Milotek CEO Andries Louw, Ducere Holdings MD Andre Reyneke and Stellenergy CEO Paul Gauche

Canada court overturns federal approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

By: Reuters     30th June 2016 A Canadian court has overturned the approval of Enbridge's Northern Gateway oil pipeline, adding another steep obstacle to a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists and many aboriginal groups. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled in a 2-to-1 decision released on Thursday that the government... 

Canada court overturns federal approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

Successful site visit at Graphex’s Tanzania project prompts detailed negotiations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 ASX newcomer Graphex Mining will commence with detailed negotiations next month regarding offtake and development finance for its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, following a successful five-day site visit last week by China Gold Group Investment and CN Docking Joint Investment and... 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Mining companies attending the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town will benefit from significantly reduced registration fees. Mining Indaba officials have introduced price reductions of up to 50% for the February 6 to 9 event, now in its twenty-third year. 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates
Mining Indaba MD Jonathan Moore

Kyrgyz environment agency approves Centerra’s 2016 Kumtor mine plan

By: Henry Lazenby     27th June 2016 Officials of a Kyrgyz environmental protection agency have averted the shutdown of Canadian miner Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine on July 1 by approving the operation’s mine plan for the remainder of 2016, the company reported Monday. The Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and... 

TransCanada formally seeks Nafta damages in Keystone XL rejection

By: Reuters     27th June 2016 TORONTO – TransCanada is formally requesting arbitration over US President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, seeking $15-billion in damages, the company said in legal papers dated Friday. TransCanada submitted a notice for an arbitration claim in January and had then tried... 

Metallica gets green light to move forward with Urquhart sans EIS

By: Samantha Herbst     24th June 2016 The Commonwealth Department of the Environment has determined that ASX-listed Metallica Minerals’ Urquhart bauxite project, in north Queensland, does not require an environmental impact assessment (EIS), as the impact of the project is considered minimal. “This major milestone confirms that the... 

Developer attracts partners of proven gold pedigree

     24th June 2016 The joint ventures (JVs) secured by London-headquartered mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals with gold producer Resolute Mining and Australia-based mining corporation Newcrest Mining, following its May acquisition of Perth-based precious metals explorer International... 

Developer attracts partners of proven gold pedigree
NEWCREST MINING The Australian company has been involved in a new joint venture with Kodal Minerals, acquiring a significant portfolio in West Africa

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Gold recovery expert  working with government to uplift staff
REMEDIATION Ncamiso's latest achievement is its maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation partnership with Mintails Mining South Africa

IFC pledges support for Guinea mining, biodiversity

By: David Oliveira     24th June 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, last month signalled its growing support for Guinea in protecting its biodiversity as the country expands its mining sector. Working with the Guinean government, which hosted the Biodiversity Responsible Mining... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in Micronesia, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents over 21 km2, has... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

Imperial Metals cleared to restart full production at ill-fated Mount Polley mine

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 The British Columbia government on Thursday gave the owner of the now infamous Mount Polley copper/gold mine the thumbs up to restart full production. The August 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, released more than 25-million cubic metres of... 

Chile's Codelco to decide on partner for lithium development in 2017

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 The world's No 1 copper producer Codelco is expected to make its decision on who to partner with to develop its lithium assets in the first quarter of next year, Chile's Mining Minister Aurora Williams told Reuters on Thursday. Lithium is an important ingredient in rechargeable batteries and is... 

Centerra gets new Kumtor emissions and discharge permits

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2016 maximum allowable emissions (MAE) permit from the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) for the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan. Centerra stated that the new MAE permit was valid until December 31, and was the... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply
Photo by Reuters
Rockwood's Lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile

Canada’s pipeline operators on the hook as 'absolute liability' provisions kick in 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2016 The new Pipeline Safety Act has come into force in Canada, heralding a new era of absolute liability for pipeline owners and operators and setting out financial resource requirements to pay for all costs related to a spill or rupture. The National Energy Board (NEB) on Monday welcomed the... 

Canada’s pipeline operators on the hook as 'absolute liability' provisions kick in

Cerro Grande’s Pimenton snow shut-in to cause financial grief

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2016 Cerro Grande Mining has reported that its flagship Pimenton mine, in Chile, remained closed from early this month after a severe snow storm brought 3.14 m of snow. All personnel had now been evacuated from the mine by PistenBully snowcats. The snow storm was reported to be the worst storm to hit... 

Brazil's Samarco, owners hire banks for debt talks – source

By: Reuters     21st June 2016 Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração and owners Vale and BHP Billiton have hired banks to sound out creditors on a potential renegotiation of $3.8-billion in debt, after a deadly dam spill led to the shutdown of a key mine, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said on Monday.... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

By: Simon Rees     20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

Brazil fines Samarco 142m reais for damages to protected areas

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 Brazil's Environment Ministry fined mining company Samarco 142-million reais ($41.6-million) for damages to three protected areas resulting from a tailings dam burst in November, the ministry said on Friday. The ministry said in a statement the three areas on the coast of Espirito Santo state... 

Eastmain launches $10m bought deal offering, broadens Quebec exploration scope

By: Henry Lazenby     17th June 2016 TSX-listed Eastmain Resources has launched a $2-million work programme, including 5 000 m of diamond drilling at the Éléonore South joint venture (JV) property, in Quebec's James Bay gold district. The programme would be managed by TSX-V-listed Azimut Exploration and also include partner... 

Labor’s environmental policy will entrench duplication – MCA

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2016 The Australian mining industry voiced its disappointment at the Labor party’s plan to restore the federal government environmental approvals process, saying the opposition party’s environment policy, released earlier this week, will entrench duplication. Labor had made a commitment to strengthen... 

Labor’s environmental policy will entrench duplication – MCA

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng 

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to taking steps to alleviate the problem are of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink. After... 

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

Cost-effective products for quarrying

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is introducing cost-effective products to help mining and quarrying companies manage the challenges in their industries. Bell Equipment quarry industry specialist Tyron Ravenscroft notes that, much like the mining industry, the quarrying industry is... 

Cost-effective products for quarrying
B25E SUPERTRUCK Bell Equipment’s supertruck provides a lower cost-per-ton solution for quarrying

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced

     17th June 2016 Five finalists have been announced for the third edition of the Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition organised by Ghanian cement manufacturer Ghacem, subsidiary of German multinational building materials company the Heidelburg Cement (HC) group. The winning projects will be revealed in the third... 

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFECTIVE IDEAS REWARDED The QLA competition enables its competitors to source ideas on the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in its mining sites across the world

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, in Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to take steps to alleviate the problem is of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink.  

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Unstable commodity prices have placed mines under pressure to produce at the same rate while decreasing their operational costs, highlights environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions (I-CAT) director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg.  

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG Mines are operating at dangerous margins, as costs and savings targets need to be achieved if they are to continue operating

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor regulation by govt departments – report

By: Ilan Solomons     17th June 2016 Mining is a destructive activity that poses significant threats to the environment, health and livelihoods. Managing these threats to avoid the violation of Constitutional rights requires strong, well-resourced and principled regulation. This is according to Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation... 

Mpumalanga paying huge enviro price owing to poor  regulation by govt departments – report
COAL COUNTRY Over the past 14 years, Mpumalanga has experienced a “proliferation” of prospecting and mining right applications, particularly for coal

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

By: Simon Rees     15th June 2016 The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce economic outlook seminar. The recent Peruvian election was so close that the winner Pedro Pablo... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm
Photo by Reuters
Incoming Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

As lithium demand rises, investors sharpen focus on Chile, Argentina and Bolivia

By: Henry Lazenby     14th June 2016 In line with the breakneck growth in lithium demand, driven by the unprecedented use of the soft, silver-white metal in new battery technologies, investors are increasingly scrutinising South American countries such as Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, where about 70% of the world’s known lithium... 

As lithium demand rises, investors sharpen focus on Chile, Argentina and Bolivia
Photo by Reuters
Bolivia, Chile and Argentina are likely to become key players in the lithium industry, accounting for more than 70% of the world’s known reserves

Coal firm to pay Obama mentor $435 000 to fight climate plan

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2016 Peabody Energy Corp. is set to pay President Barack Obama’s Harvard Law School mentor $435 000 this year to help the bankrupt coal producer challenge the administration’s signature environmental law. The payments to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and legal icon – spanning May to... 

Turnbull govt promises A$1bn fund to protect Great Barrier Reef

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday vowed to create a A$1-billion fund to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Malcolm, who is facing a general election on July 2, said that a re-elected Coalition government would provide the funding over ten years to invest in finance for projects... 

Turnbull govt promises A$1bn fund to protect Great Barrier Reef
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Mine superpower status awaits Peru if new leader can woo farmers

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2016 Arriving late to the mining boom helped Peru defy a global freeze on project spending as prices plunged. Now the pipeline’s drying up, and the country’s chances of joining neighbouring Chile as a copper superpower depend largely on the next president’s affinity with remote communities. For Pedro... 

Cenovus restarts Alberta oil ops

By: Henry Lazenby     10th June 2016 Oil sands operator Cenovus Energy is restarting operations after staff returned to its Pelican Lake operation, in northern Alberta. The plant was shut down on Tuesday when a wildfire approached within 1 km of the operation’s perimeter. 

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