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Yukon enviro board resumes review of Casino project

By: Natalie Greve     Updated 4 hours ago The Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board (YESAB) has resumed its review of Western Copper and Gold Corporation subsidiary Casino Mining Corporation’s (CMC’s) Casino project, in Canada, after the process was put on hold at CMC's request as part of a settlement agreement with the... 

US Federal Court grants injunction halting EPA process against Alaska’s Pebble

By: Leandi Kolver The US Federal District Court has granted the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP’s) request for a preliminary injunction in its litigation against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PLP parent company Northern Dynasty Minerals reported on Tuesday. The EPA in February announced that it... 

US Federal Court grants injunction halting EPA process against Alaska’s Pebble
Northern Dynasty Minerals' Pebble project

Teck to spend $600m over 5 years to manage Elk Valley water quality

By: Creamer Media Reporter TSX-listed Teck Resources expects to spend an estimated $600-million over a five-year period on the installation of water diversions and water treatment facilities as part of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan, approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. This was on top of the... 

Oil sands miners cleared of wrongdoing in bird deaths

By: Natalie Greve After reviewing the impact of oil sands mining operations by Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy and Syncrude on the waterfowl population at the Athabasca oil sands area, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has determined companies are “in full compliance” with waterfowl protection... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

By: Simon Rees As the population of the planet doubles between now and 2050, the drive to cut carbon emissions will continue to gather pace. At a recent meeting between heads of state in China, the US announced its intention to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. China declared its emissions would... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

Perception study of Aboriginal Canadians reveals low opinion of mining industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter A Canada-wide survey of Aboriginal Canadians who reside in rural and/or remote communities has revealed that only 38% have a favourable perception of the mining and mineral exploration industry. This is a considerable difference compared with the positive approval among Canadians cited in recent... 

Perception study of Aboriginal Canadians reveals low opinion of mining industry

US House passes Keystone bill 

By: Reuters The Republican-led US House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. The legislation, approved by 252 votes... 

US House passes Keystone bill

Barrick Gold appoints executive project director for binational Pascua-Lama

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s most prolific gold producer Barrick Gold on Thursday announced that it had appointed Sergio Fuentes  executive project director for the stalled Pascua-Lama copper/gold project straddling the Chile/Argentina border. Fuentes would focus on optimising detailed engineering, improving the... 

Samancor convicted of unlawful waste disposal, fined R2m

By: Natalie Greve Following a plea agreement between the State and Samancor Chrome, the Lydenburg Magistrates Court has ordered the chrome-ore mining and smelting group to pay a penalty of R200 000 for contravening the Environment Conservation Act. The conviction related to the operation of a disposal site and... 

Barrick's Pascua Lama hopes to find way forward, exec tells paper

By: Reuters Canadian miner Barrick Gold is hopeful it can find a way forward with its stalled Pascua Lama gold mine, which would likely cost some $4-billion to complete, a project executive said in an interview with a Chilean newspaper published on Wednesday. Barrick, the world's largest gold miner, halted... 

Goldcorp heads back to the drawing board after withdrawing El Morro EIS

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s most valuable gold producer by market capitalisation Goldcorp on Friday said it had withdrawn its environmental impact study for the $3.9-billion El Morro copper/gold project, in Chile, after an October ruling by the Chilean Supreme Court halted development on grounds that local... 

Goldcorp heads back to the drawing board after withdrawing El Morro EIS

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

By: Chantelle Kotze Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they leave a positive legacy, notes carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie Louw. 

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

Mining seen posing a threat to water quality in the future

By: Sashnee Moodley Future mining activities will take place in potentially water-scarce areas, which will also affect water quality in those areas, creating a threat that must be addressed. 

Quebec First Nations petition province to include rare earths under uranium ban

By: Henry Lazenby A group of Quebec- and Labrador-based First Nations would like to see the Quebec government include rare earth elements in the same moratorium currently in force for uranium. The Quebec government had decreed a moratorium on issuing exploration, development or mining permits for uranium projects... 

Peru plans to streamline environmental permits, boost spending

By: Reuters Peru's government introduced a new economic reform package on Thursday that aims to streamline environmental permits and boost short-term public spending by $550-million, its latest bid to ward off an extended slowdown. President Ollanta Humala has already proposed several measures over the past... 

Mixed signals for global 2015 growth as US recovery gathers pace

By: Simon Rees The US recovery will continue to advance, supporting the uptake and price of several commodities into 2015, CIBC senior economist world markets Peter Buchanan told an audience at the mineLatinAmerica symposium on Tuesday. Even gold, which had come under price pressure over the past week, could... 

Mixed signals for global 2015 growth as US recovery gathers pace

ABG to appear in UK court over Tanzania violence victims suit

By: Henry Lazenby Tanzanian locals have sued African Barrick Gold (ABG) in the UK for alleged deaths and injuries caused by security and police guarding the company's North Mara mine, which has a history of illegal artisanal mining. On November 19, the claimants in the proceedings against ABG would seek orders... 

IDM Mining starts environmental permitting for BC gold project

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed IDM Mining has initiated the environmental permitting phase for the Red Mountain underground gold project, near Stewart, in British Columbia, following the submission of its project description document to the British Columbia Environment Assessment Office (EAO). IDM, which was... 

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miners with operations in Burkina Faso on Thursday said despite the declared state of emergency, their operations were continuing uninterrupted. Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore had declared a state of emergency following violent protests in the capital that saw demonstrators... 

Mining ops continue unfettered despite Burkina Faso civil unrest

Romarco Minerals completes EIS process for S Carolina project

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian project developer Romarco Minerals on Monday reported that the US Army Corps of Engineers had issued its record of decision (ROD) and granted a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the company's Haile gold mine project, in South Carolina, marking the end of the... 

Underground coal gasification roadmap on the way – FFF

By: Martin Creamer A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG initiative followed the finalisation... 

Underground coal gasification roadmap on the way – FFF
Photo by Duane Daws
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups

By: Dylan Slater Building solid relationships between mining companies and conservation groups might be the key to an overall positive perception of mining operations – especially opencast operations that are prone to easily identifiable forms of pollution, such as dust and noise, says business law firm Fasken... 

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups
Photo by Duane Daws
MATTHEW BURNELL It is important that good relationships are forged between the miner and the conservation groups

BC tables amendment to Mine Act allowing more time to investigate, charge offenders 

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia government on Thursday tabled proposals to amend the provincial Mines Act to give investigators and Crown Counsel more time to investigate violations under the Act and bring charges if necessary. Energy and Mines Minister and Minister Responsible for Core Review Bill Bennett... 

PEA outlines significant extra cash flow for True Gold’s Karma project

By: Henry Lazenby A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on TSX-V-listed True Gold’s North Kao deposit has outlined an extra $118-million in after-tax free cash flow for the project developer’s Karma gold project, in Burkina Faso. The report, released on Tuesday, also found that – as a result of its high gold... 

Treasury Metals files EIS for Goliath gold project, Ontario

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed project developer Treasury Metals on Tuesday announced that it had achieved a significant milestone in developing its flagship Goliath Gold project, in north-western Ontario, after filing an environmental-impact statement (EIS) with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).... 

Chieftain Metals reports strong project feasibility optimisation

By: Henry Lazenby The proponent of the Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, Chieftain Metals, late on Monday published the results of an optimised feasibility study, aimed at improving the financeability of the project in the current difficult market. The 2014 feasibility update, prepared by... 

Chieftain Metals reports strong project feasibility optimisation

WA enviro approval clears rare earths project for development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel he Western Australian government has given environmental approval for ASX-listed Northern Minerals to develop its Browns Range heavy rare earths project. The environmental clearance marked the completion of the Browns Range project’s primary environmental assessment process. 

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... 

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral  as commodity prices continue to slide

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... 

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