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NT govt looks at amending enviro legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Northern Territory government will amend provisions in the proposed new environmental impact assessment and approval system, in response to concerns raised by industry. Earlier this month the government released the draft Environment Protection Bill and draft Regulations for eight weeks of... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

Canada and Argentina sign energy and mining MoUs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Ministers from Canada and Argentina on Thursday signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs), dealing with energy efficiency, mining policy and nuclear energy cooperation. The MoUs demonstrate that the two countries place a high priority on energy efficiency as a means to reduce energy use and... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

'Canada-Mexico relationship more important than ever' – Quebec Mines Minister

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Against the backdrop of heated North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) negotiations between trading partners Mexico, the US and Canada, relations between Mexico and Canada are more important than ever, Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pierre Moreau told an audience at the Mexico... 

Programme to position Ghanaian firms to gain greater share of mineral sector procurement 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th December 2017 Marking a significant point in Ghana’s quest to domesticate the provisions in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) into its own Country Mining Vision (CMV), the Ghanaian government officially launched its National Suppliers Development Programme (NSDP) in 2 November 2017. The NSDP builds and expands on... 

Anaconda infrastructure gets major boost with approval of Pine Cove in-pit tailings storage

By: Henry Lazenby     7th September 2017 Eastern Canadian gold producer Anaconda Mining is set to ramp up the mining rate at its Point Rousse project’s Pine Cove pit, after the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources approved a plan to use the nearly depleted pit as a tailings storage facility. Anaconda had previously... 

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Adani facing stringent water use rules – Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2017 The Queensland state government has put in place financial and regulatory safeguards, as well as a stringent monitoring system to manage the water supply to the proposed Carmichael coal project. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said project developer Adani had to provide the... 

Canada’s federal govt extends 15% METC tax credit for another year

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2017 Canada’s federal government has extended the 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) until end-March 2018. The METC helps junior mineral exploration companies raise capital by providing an incentive to individual investors in flow-through shares issued to finance "grassroots" mineral exploration. 

Ottawa appoints temporary NEB members to review Energy East application

By: Henry Lazenby     13th December 2016 The Canadian federal government on Monday announced the appointment of three temporary members to the National Energy Board (NEB) to assist with the stalled application review of TransCanada Corp’s C$15.7-billion Energy East pipeline. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the appointment... 

Trudeau govt approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Canada’s Liberal federal government under leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two out of three contentious crude oil pipelines in the country, critical infrastructure needed to get Canada’s vast oil reserves to new markets. In a landmark decision, the Trudeau government has... 

Stornoway officially opens Québec-based Renard diamond mine

By: Samantha Herbst     20th October 2016 TSX-listed Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s Québec-based Renard diamond mine, the only diamond mine in the province, was officially opened on Wednesday at a ceremony presided over by Québec Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pierre Arcand. Stornoway president and CEO Matt Manson noted that the... 

Canada approves Pacific NorthWest LNG project, but investment decision 'far from certain'

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2016 The Canadian federal government has approved the C$11-billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, a proposed LNG facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, on British Columbia's North Coast. Majority owned by Malaysia-based Petronas, the project approval is the result of... 

Petronas' Canadian gas project approved by Trudeau government

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has approved Petroliam Nasional’s C$36-billion ($27-billion) Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister... 

Trudeau said to plan pipeline approval, favour Kinder Morgan

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion to the Pacific Coast the most likely candidate, people familiar with his plans said. The prime minister is seeking to strengthen... 

Four-member expert panel to review Canada’s federal enviro assessment processes

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 The Canadian government has created a four-member expert panel to undertake a promised review of the federal environmental assessment process, which was one of the incumbent Liberal government’s 2015 election campaign promises. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna this... 

First Nation ramps up opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 A First Nation based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas was in New York on Thursday to beseech “dozens” of Kinder... 

Miner confident about operations in Ghana

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th April 2016 Gold mining company Newmont Mining believes it is on track to reach its 2016 production target of between 760 000 oz and 820 000 oz of gold for its Akyem and Ahafo mining projects, in Ghana, where the company has adopted efficiency measures to allow for its operations to be as productive as... 

Despite sagging attendance, hints of optimism found at PDAC convention

By: Henry Lazenby     10th March 2016 Despite attendance at the 2016 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) yearly convention being estimated at just over 22 000 – the lowest in four years – a renewed sense of optimism could be found within the cavernous halls of the Toronto Convention Centre this week.... 

Natural Resources Minister Carr highlights innovation in mining 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2016 Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on Monday outlined the new Liberal government’s key priorities for the mining industry, saying that the need to invest in innovative clean technologies was critical to ensure its sustainability. Delivering keynote remarks at the opening ceremony of the... 

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations

By: Malusi Mkhize     12th February 2016 Given the limited resources available to Canada’s territorial governments, federal funding will play a key role in developing infrastructure to facilitate the country’s minerals exploitation, according to a study by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and other industry... 

TransCanada awards major contract for Energy East pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2016 Canadian pipeline infrastructure operator TransCanada on Wednesday awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to power and automation technologies firm ABB to manufacture at least 22 electrical houses that would distribute power for the pump stations along the Energy East pipeline project. While the... 

Feds to delay pipeline project decisions in wake of interim environmental assessment measures

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2016 The Liberal Canadian government on Wednesday said it would delay decisions on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project in order to implement five new temporary measures as the first step of a broader strategy to “review and restore... 

Qld govt cuts mining red tape

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2015 The Queensland state government on Friday released a policy paper outlining proposals to modernise the state’s resource permits, authorities, leases and licences. State Development and Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham noted that the framework was the latest stage in a reform project that... 

CSIR professor to serve on the Responsible Mining Index board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2015 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resources and Environment executive director Professor May Hermanus has been appointed to serve on the Responsible Mining Index board. The Netherlands-based Responsible Mining Foundation would, from 2017, publish the Responsible Mining... 

Paladin gets federal nod to gain majority ownership of Canada project

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2015 The Canadian federal government has approved Australia-based Paladin Energy's application to gain majority ownership of a proposed uranium mine in Newfoundland and Labrador. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford on Monday said the Conservative government would welcome the foreign investment... 

Feds move forward with implementing Canada/Quebec Offshore Accord

By: Henry Lazenby     11th June 2015 The Conservative Canadian federal government has tabled a ‘Notice of Ways and Means Motion’ to introduce a Bill to implement the Canada–Quebec Offshore Accord, representing an important milestone for responsible resource development in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Natural Resources Minister Greg... 

Canadian Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act comes into force

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2015 Canada’s new rules governing extractive sector transparency came into effect on Monday, forcing all extractive companies subject to the Act to report payments including taxes, royalties, fees and production entitlements of $100 000 or more to all levels of government in Canada and abroad. The... 

Escobal mine, Guatemala

By: Sheila Barradas     29th May 2015 A lead/zinc concentrate mine located in south-east Guatemala. 

Canadian fed and Ontario govts unveil supports for mining industry

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2015 Several federal departments of the Canadian government, as well as the Ontario provincial government, unveiled new measures and investments on Sunday to increase support and drive growth in the country's besieged mining industry. In a speech to the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada,... 

Goldcorp and Wabauskang First Nation strikes collaboration accord

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2015 Canadian miner Goldcorp and the Wabauskang First Nation this week inked a collaboration agreement that paved the way for long-term economic benefits for the north-western Ontario First Nation. The new agreement, which marked Goldcorp's sixth First Nation partnership in Canada, provided a... 

Fortune Receives final Nico water licence

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2014 The developer of the Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper mine and concentrator in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Fortune Metals, on Wednesday reported that the Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger had given final approval for the Type A water licence... 

Fed govt accepts independent review of Northern Gateway pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     18th June 2014 The Canadian federal government on Tuesday accepted an independent panel’s recommendation to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, subject to 209 conditions. In outlining the federal government’s decision for the C$6.5-billion project, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said the... 

Rwanda to implement ‘conflict-free’ certification to instil confidence in minerals sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th April 2014 The authorities in Rwanda have committed to instilling confidence in the lucrative mining sector in order to attract more investments and spur the industry's growth. The East African nation has announced that all minerals exported from the country will be issued with a ‘conflict-free’ certificate... 

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