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Environmental News

North American Aboriginals, First Nations join hands to thwart domestic oil development 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2016 Canadian and Northern US Aboriginal groups and First Nations have, this week, adopted the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, seeking to officially prohibit and collectively challenge and resist oil sands industry expansion in Alberta. This extends to preventing the transport of such... 

Investor confidence ‘concerning’, key to industry growth

By: Aarifah Nosarka     23rd September 2016 The South African mining sector needs policies that recognise the type of investment that mining demands and which reduce the risks related to investing in long-term projects to encourage investment in the sector, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Investor confidence ‘concerning’, key to  industry growth
RESILIENT INDUSTRY The mining industry is the foundation on which South Africa’s industrial development was built and continues to contribute significantly to the country’s economy

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro 

     21st September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro recently pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture.  

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro
Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro

Brazil’s looming wet season poses new Samarco risks, BHP warns

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, warns Brazil’s impending wet season may result in further environmental damage due to the failed Samarco dam, carrying the risk of new fines and legal claims. Work is underway to reinforce dam structures to help contain tailings as the November-to-April... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables
Photo by Energy & Mines
Barrick's 20 MW Punta Colorada wind farm, Chile

Barrick says Argentina mine may resume within two weeks

By: Reuters     19th September 2016 Barrick Gold's Veladero gold mine, in Argentina, one of its five core mines, could resume operations in the next two weeks, Barrick president Kelvin Dushnisky said in an interview on Monday. "I am hopeful that it could be up and going in that kind of two-week window depending on how the... 

Barrick says Argentina mine may resume within two weeks

Edenville’s Rukwa project progressing into second-stage ESIA

By: Anine Kilian     16th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy hopes to complete the second stage of its environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Tanzania-based Rukwa coal-to-power project in the fourth quarter of the year. CEO Rufus Short noted in a statement on Friday that this stage of the ESIA was nearing... 

MGX solves oil well lithium brine separation conundrum through buying clean-tech developer

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 Canadian diversified project developer MGX Minerals has signed a binding letter of intent to buy a 50% stake in clean-technology developer PurLucid Treatment Solution for staged payments of C$5-million over two years. The transaction represents a solution to MGX’s dilemma of separating oil, to a... 

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank

     16th September 2016 Australian coal company White Energy’s River Energy joint venture (JV) with investment firm Black River Asset Management has entered into an agreement with a major Witbank coal mine to build a binderless coal briquetting (BCB) plant. White Energy announced in June that, while the major commercial... 

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank
CESSNOCK BCB TEST PLANT The binderless coal briquetting plant is used to turn an environmental liability into a revenue stream

Chamber president reiterates commitment to zero harm

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 Continual focus by all parties on mine health and safety was highlighted as key by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) during the MineSAFE 2016 conference on September 1.  

Chamber president reiterates commitment to zero harm
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE TEKE The safe performance of mining companies indicates that the industry’s goal of zero harm is achievable

Firm launches Southern African mine mapping dataset

By: David Oliveira     16th September 2016 Geographical information services and products provider GeoTerraImage launched their Southern African Mine dataset last month, which uses satellite imagery to produce information on mining activity in 12 countries in Southern Africa. The dataset indicates mining activity in South Africa,... 

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies

     16th September 2016 Its is becoming apparent that, in the future, the use of coal is only going to be acceptable if used in clean coal technologies, as the world shifts to a high efficiency, low-emissions and low-carbon economy, says nonprofit coal and energy organisation Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF). To achieve... 

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies
Photo by Victor Moolman
UNDERWHELMING COAL GRADES South Africa should look into coal beneficiation to upgrade low-grade coals

Swedish fuel cell company grows management team

     16th September 2016 Fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden last month announced that it would strengthen its management team to enhance customer focus and further strengthen the company’s product development process, owing to steady growth in Swedish and international markets. The company’s products are distributed in... 

US mining industry in flux as policy, economic and enviro challenges force change

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 The outcome of the November 2016 US presidential election will not reverse the decline in the US mining industry value, as the beleaguered coal industry continues to face market headwinds. Rather, the results will determine the trajectory of environmental regulations and, therefore, raise or... 

US mining industry in flux as policy, economic and enviro challenges force change

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source
Photo by Victor Moolman
WASTE NOT WANT NOT The amount of waste coal accumulated by South African coal mines over the past 35 years is about two-billion tons

Miners find investment boost in crowdfunding for venture capital

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2016 Crowdfunding is an innovation that is slowly catching up with the mining industry. Some old investors may think it's odd for the sector; some might typically associate it with young people raising funds online for worthy causes or to realise and sell inventions. 

Barrick’s Veladero ops suspended after heap-leach breach

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2016 Operations at one of Argentina’s largest mines have been suspended following a tailings breach. Barrick reported Thursday that the government of San Juan province temporarily suspended operations pending further inspections of the mine's heap-leach area, after a chunk of ice rolling down the... 

Greens apply for drilling ban in Great Australian Bight

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th September 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that banning oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight could potentially increase Australia’s reliance on imported oil and deprive South Australia of much-needed new investment and jobs while delivering... 

Greens apply for drilling ban in Great Australian Bight

Pan American Silver encouraged by Argentina president meeting

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2016 Under a favourable investment and legal framework in Argentina, primary silver producer Pan American Silver (PAS) remains committed to the safe and environmentally responsible development of the world class Navidad silver deposit, located in Argentina’s Chubut province, the company affirmed on... 

Fortune welcomes mining veteran Koropchuk to board

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2016 Cobalt project developer Fortune Minerals has appointed mining veteran Glen Koropchuk to its board. Koropchuk, with more than 30 years of mining experience, most recently served as COO of Anglo American affiliate De Beers Canada and was responsible for operations at the Snap Lake and Victor... 

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2016 The vast tracts of land and abundant water supply held by mining companies around their mines should be used for community development through agriculture. “We sit on land, vast land. We sit on water resources, where because of new legislative requirements, we have to make sure that we put in... 

Mine land, water should be used for agriculture – Exxaro CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Miners facing tougher groundwater rules in Qld

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2016 The Queensland government is weighing new legislation that will subject resource companies wanting to use groundwater to tougher assessments of environmental impacts. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles tabled the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation... 

WA updates environmental laws

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2016 The Western Australian resources sector has welcomed the passing of new state-based biodiversity conservation laws, with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) saying the new legislation represents a significant step forward in modernising biodiversity laws in the state. Environment Minister... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Ahead of more suspensions, Philippine miners question review process

By: Reuters     13th September 2016 Philippine miners facing more mine suspensions under an environmental review backed by President Rodrigo Duterte have stepped up their criticism of the process, questioning the inclusion of anti-mining activists in the review teams. The world's top nickel ore supplier has halted operations of... 

NEB adjourns Energy East hearings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th September 2016 The National Energy Board (NEB) on Friday announced that the panel hearing public comments on TransCanada’s Energy East application and the Eastern Mainline Project application had been disbanded. The NEB was forced to cancel hearings in Montreal last month after protestors disrupted proceedings. 

Week-long hearings over Bear Creek’s Santa Ana arbitration claim get under way

By: Henry Lazenby     10th September 2016 Oral representations regarding Bear Creek Mining’s international arbitration claims against the Peruvian government and its 2011 expropriation of the Santa Ana silver project have gotten under way in Washington, DC. The hearings started Wednesday and are expected to continue until September 14 at... 

Event attracts high-level delegates

     9th September 2016 This year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec) was a great success, attracting over 2 090 attendees, 74% of which make or influence purchasing decisions at their companies, reports event organiser Specialised Exhibition Montgomery and Spintelligent. The event, which was held in... 

Pumps company expands across Latin America

     9th September 2016 Global water technology supplier Xylem Water Solutions is expanding its dewatering pumps rental and service capabilities across Latin America with the opening of three new hubs in the region this year. 

Pumps company expands across Latin America
EXPANDING ACROSS LATIN AMERICA Xylem has already won a contract to deliver 14 dewatering pumps to a mine in northern Colombia from one of its new hubs

Uncertainty over Brazil Samarco mine hinders restructuring, firm at risk

By: Reuters     8th September 2016 Almost a year after a deadly dam spill at the Samarco mine, owned by BHP Billiton and Vale, there is still no date for restarting operations, complicating attempts to restructure Samarco's debt and increasing the possibility the miner may be allowed to run out of money. Vale and BHP have assured... 

Uncertainty over Brazil Samarco mine hinders restructuring, firm at risk

Peru proposes State-owned bank buys gold from artisanal miners

By: Reuters     8th September 2016 The government of Peru wants a state-owned bank to buy gold from artisanal miners in order to replace a lucrative but shady informal market, Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne said on Wednesday. Thorne said the miners would receive a better price for their gold and would not have to pay the value... 

BHP-Vale mine bondholders said to hire lawyers for debt talks

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2016 Samarco bondholders hired US law firm Hogan Lovells for help with debt-restructuring talks as the stalled Brazilian iron-ore miner runs out of money, according to people with knowledge of the matter. With a coupon payment looming, Hogan Lovells is seeking a Brazilian law firm to work with it on... 

Expanded Wiluna gets enviro backing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2016 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the approval of uranium developer Toro Energy’s extension to its Wiluna project. The EPA’s approval of the expanded project is in addition to the previously received approval from the Western Australian and federal... 

Expanded Wiluna gets enviro backing

DMR demands mines improve H&S records, best performing mines recognised 

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd September 2016 South African mining industry stakeholders must collectively adopt the fundamental stance that if mines cannot undertake mining safely, they should not mine at all, until the necessary measures have been put in place to protect the lives of all mineworkers, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

DMR demands mines improve H&S records, best performing mines recognised
Department of Mineral Resources acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi outlines the departments concerns about the rise in mine fatalities in 2016. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 2.9.2016

Australian scientists developing enviro-friendly processing methods

     2nd September 2016 Scientists at Flinders University in South Australia are developing new processing methods to help miners eliminate the widespread environmental damage caused by toxic chemicals and acid leaching. Flinders University associate professor Sarah Harmer comments that widespread environmental damage... 

Australian scientists  developing enviro-friendly processing methods
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW METHODS Progress is being made in finding better ways to more sustainably separate valuable ores such as copper, iron, lead and zinc

Blanket expected to benefit from new appointments

     2nd September 2016 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining chairperson Leigh Wilson says the experience of the company’s newly appointed independent nonexecutive director John McGloin will help ensure that the robust mine development plan, which is currently under way at the Blanket mine in Zimbabwe, will be successfully... 

Blanket expected to benefit from new appointments
NEW MANAGEMENT Caledonia made two new appointments with its Blanket mine about 20 months into a four-year development programme

E-scrap collection expands in Europe

     2nd September 2016 Japanese materials producer Mitsubishi Materials Corporation has established MM Metal Recycling at Moerdijk, Noord-Brabant, in the Netherlands to expand the collection of electronic scrap, or e-scrap, from the European region. The original starting point for Mitsubishi Materials was as the mining... 

E-scrap collection expands in Europe
Photo by Duane Daws
E-SCRAP Valuable metal can be found in in scrap such as circuit boards

Barrick to take smaller, phased approach to Argentina-based Pascua-Lama project

By: Henry Lazenby     1st September 2016 Major miner Barrick Gold has appointed former executive George Bee to lead the development of a smaller, phased operation at its stalled Pascua-Lama project, straddling the Chile/Argentina border, the company said Thursday. Barrick had halted the project in 2013 after investing $5-billion in it.... 

Barrick to take smaller, phased approach to Argentina-based Pascua-Lama project
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