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Peru OKs environmental study for Southern Copper mine expansion

By: Reuters     Updated 23 minutes ago Peru approved the environmental study for Southern Copper's $1.2-billion expansion of its Toquepala mine, a project expected to raise copper output by 100 000 t/y, the government said on Thursday. Construction on the expansion, which will add a new concentrator at the mine and boost its tailings... 

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

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 1 hour 26 minutes ago 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... 

Govt rolls out streamlined licensing process to enhance mining competitiveness

By: Sashnee Moodley Government on Monday rolled out its One Environmental System to streamline licensing processes for mining, environmental authorisations and water use.  

Govt rolls out streamlined licensing process to enhance mining competitiveness

Qld dredge plans thrown open for public scrutiny

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Queensland government has called for public comment on its Abbot Point port and wetland strategy. The plan involved dredging material, which would be used to enhance the existing port land, and replaced the previous government’s plan to dredge and dump 38-million cubic metres of material at sea. 

ABx gets enviro approval for Bald Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Tasmania Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has approved ASX-listed Australian Bauxite’s (ABx's) development of its Bald Hill mine. In his recommendation this week, EPA director Alex Schaap said the mine could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable... 

Orbite to use brick and mortar to complete HPA plant construction

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian technology development firm Orbite Aluminae will use a brick-and-mortar approach to complete construction of the decomposer and calcinator at its high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant, at Cap-Chat, in Quebec. The TSX-listed company is currently converting its HPA pilot plant into a... 

Platinum from road dust, Veolia cleans up on British streets

By: Reuters French firm Veolia is recycling precious metals worth £100 000 ($155 000) each year from dust swept off British streets and plans to recover more by opening two new plants. Every day, catalytic converters in cars spit out minute particles of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which end up in road... 

Yukon enviro board resumes review of Casino project

By: Natalie Greve 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

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... 

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... 

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
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