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East Asia Minerals reports optimistic exploration results from Indonesia 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2013 Exploration junior East Asia Minerals on Monday reported positive results from its Phase 1 drilling programme at the company's Sangihe project, in Indonesia. East Asia Minerals VP of exploration Frank Rocca said the results were in line with the resources and grades identified in the National... 

EMED gets clearance for permits to start Spanish project construction

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2013 European miner EMED Mining on Monday said the Andalucian government had cleared all economic, technical and legal capacities for administrative recognition of the company's mineral rights for its Rio Tinto copper project, except for civil works on the tailings dam. This meant the government was... 

Cokal's Indonesian EIS approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2013 Indonesian coal hopeful Cokal has received approval for its environmental-impact study (EIS) from the Central Kalimantan provincial government on its Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) coal project. The EIS covered the expected full development of the Eastern block of the BBM project, which would be... 

Prospective SOP producer on schedule to complete PFS by midyear

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2013 TSX-V-listed EPM Mining Ventures on Thursday said a prefeasibility study (PFS) probing the potential to produce sulphate of potash (SOP) from its Sevier Playa project, in south-western Utah, was progressing apace, and was expected to be complete by midyear. The PFS, being undertaken by... 

Green norms fall prey to Indian mining imperatives

By: Ajoy K Das     8th April 2013 Environmental norms are losing out in the persistent tussle between mining and environment departments within the Indian government. The latest 'green' proposal to be scuttled by one the county's specially constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) was the Environment and Forest Ministry’s push to... 

Gold miner launches risk-emergency plan after Tibet landslide

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2013 Vancouver-based China Gold International Resources has launched a risk-emergency plan at its Jiama mine, in Tibet, following a catastrophic landslide at the end of March that killed at least 59 people. The company this week said the plan involved conducting safety verification of its production... 

Four groups given $96k for assessments of Critical Elements project

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2013 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has allocated a total of $96.37-million to four applicants to support their participation in the federal environmental assessment of project developer Critical Elements’ proposed Rose tantalum and lithium mining project, in Quebec. This... 

Northern Ontario First Nations ask Minister to defer new mining rules 

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2013 A group of First Nations residing in the north of Ontario this week asked Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle to delay implementing new mining rules that came into effect on Monday, claiming that the new regulations had not gone through a proper consultation... 

Energizer expects synergies between Madagascar graphite and coal projects

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2013 Toronto- and Frankfurt-listed Energizer Resources believes synergies between its Molo graphite project and the neighbouring Sakoa coalfield may be realised sooner than initially believed, and could potentially positively impact the Molo project’s financial metrics. Energizer on Wednesday... 

Aureus Mining gets approval to relocate two Liberian villages

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2013 The Liberian Environmental Protection Agency has approved the relocation action plan (RAP) and the community development plan (CDP) for the relocation of the Larjor and Kinjor villages, which would allow Aureus Mining to move forward with developing its New Liberty gold project in the country.... 

Namibia Rare Earths produces first heavy rare-earths concentrate

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2013 Canada’s Namibia Rare Earths on Wednesday said it has produced a concentrate grading 8.39% total rare earth oxide (TREO), with 96.1% heavy rare earth enrichment, from a sample of the high-grade mineralisation from its Lofdal project in north-western Namibia. The company said it had received a... 

Aldridge Minerals reports ‘robust’ metrics for Turkish project

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2013 Toronto-based Aldridge Minerals on Wednesday reported “robust” metrics for its flagship Yenipazar polymetallic project, in the geographic heart of Turkey. The company published the results of a feasibility study, which had placed an after-tax net present value of $323-million on the project,... 

Arizona town rescinds acid-use ban, allowing Curis project to proceed 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2013 The town council of Florence, Arizona, has rescinded an ordinance enacted in August 2012 that had effectively banned the use of large quantities of sulphuric acid by miners and other businesses, which now paved the way for mineral-development firm Curis Resources to move forward with its Florence... 

Mining at record low in uneven IPO market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2013 For the first time in a decade, Canada's normally bustling mining sector couldn't muster a single initial public offering (IPO) on either the TSX or TSX Venture exchange in the first quarter of this year, a survey of the Canadian IPO market by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found. Only the... 

Quebec imposes moratorium on uranium exploration and mining

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2013 Quebec-focused uranium explorer Strateco Resources on Thursday denounced an announcement made by Quebec Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet, effectively placing a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining in the province, and ordering an impact study on the exploration and development... 

Canada Lithium process water discharge found harmless

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2013 Assay evaluations and tests of process water discharge from a storage cell within the tailings management facility (TMF) at Quebec-focused project developer Canada Lithium’s Quebec Lithium project, near Val d'Or, have confirmed all metal levels were within acceptable levels of discharge into the... 

Midway Gold receives critical permit for Nevada project

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2013 TSX-V-listed explorer Midway Gold has received from the State of Nevada a critical water pollution control permit required for production at its Pan gold project. The announcement followed on the heels of the company publishing its draft environmental-impact statement, which would be open for... 

BC Coastal First Nations air anti-oil commercial 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2013 The Coastal First Nations alliance last week aired a television commercial warning British Columbians of the dangers and costs of bringing oil tankers to British Columbia's (BC's) pristine coastal waters. The commercial opened with the original audio recording of the stricken oil tanker Exxon... 

New membrane may allow purification of AMD

By: Natalie Greve     22nd March 2013 A recently developed membrane that is used to separate waste from water could become key in the treatment of pollutants ranging from acid mine drainage to oil-containing wastewater, as well as in processes ranging from desalination to kidney dialysis. The technology, which was developed by a team... 

Gold mine installs oily-water treatment, recycling system

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies reports that, in January, it supplied an oily-water treatment solution, Ultraspin, for a car wash bay at gold producer Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine, in Ghana.  

New multigas detector for mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 To increase safety and to reduce harmful gas emissions in the mining industry, safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa added the Altair 4X Mining gas detector to its Altair range of multigas detectors in June last year. 

Mining giant invests in environmental, community sustainability

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Diversified miner Anglo American aims to add to South African mining’s environmental sustainability and green economic growth through a R100-million investment in its Green Fund, which falls under the company’s enterprise development arm Zimele. 

Award focuses on rehabilitation through landscape architecture

22nd March 2013 University of Cape Town graduate Phillippa Hedley won brick manufacturing company Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Project award in Cape Town, in December last year, along with a R3 000 prize for her thesis on disused landscapes and the potential that mines, urban... 

Ekurhuleni plant helping to break down mosquito resistance to pesticides

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd March 2013 Malaria continues to have a devastating effect on the African continent, not only in terms of mortality – claiming the lives of more than 600 000 Africans – but also in terms of the economy, causing the continent to suffer yearly economic losses of about $12-billion, which is equivalent to a... 

Mine lake rehabilitation proposal seeks African mining partner

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Australian company Ngalang Boodja Enterprises (NBE) is hoping to break new ground in the African mining sector through the commercial use of mine voids.  

Rusoro Mining files $3.03bn claim against Venezuela

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2013 Vancouver-based Rusoro Mining on Thursday filed a $3.03-billion claim in its arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela before the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The Russian-owned company filed the claim under the provisions of the... 

DFI inks JV agreement to develop Namibian diamond projects

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2013 Toronto-listed junior Diamond Fields International (DFI) on Thursday said it had signed a joint venture (JV) option agreement with Afri-Can Marine Minerals Corporation (Afri-Can) to develop the DFI's marine diamond leases in Namibia. Under terms of the agreement, Afri-Can and its local partner... 

Canada Lithium reports water leak from Quebec tailings facility

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2013 Quebec-focused project developer Canada Lithium on Wednesday said it had became aware of a clear water discharge from a storage cell within the tailings storage facility at its Quebec Lithium Project, near Val d'Or. The company said the facility held decanted water being used for the process... 

Sibanye Gold turns killer gas into low-price electricity at Beatrix mine

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2013 JSE- and NYSE-listed gold newcomer Sibanye Gold is turning Beatrix gold mine’s lethal methane gas into a power generation blessing at a third of the Eskom tariff. The highly explosive gas, which killed 40 employees between 1983 and 2001, is captured and brought to surface from depths of more... 

Canada’s territories expected to beat national growth

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 The global economy is making its presence felt in Canada's territories, dampening - but not dousing - the mining boom under way in Canada's North, The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for the North said in its twice-yearly 'Territorial Outlook: Winter 2013'. The Conference Board said real... 

Klondex Mines upbeat about Nevada project, sees lots of potential

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 Nevada gold explorer Klondex Mines sees the possibility of a potentially greater future resource at its flagship Fire Creek gold project, in Nevada, once bulk sampling gets underway in the second half of the year. The company, which also had a recent management shakeup and announced the... 

Ontario's right to issue mining permits upheld in Appeals Court

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 Ontario’s highest court – the Court of Appeal – on Monday overturned the decision of the Ontario Superior Court in the case ‘Keewatin versus Minister of Natural Resources’, giving the province the right to ‘take up’ treaty lands for settlement, mining, lumbering or other purposes. In 2000, the... 

Global Minerals several steps closer to production

By: Simon Rees     18th March 2013 Global Minerals has faced several critical tasks at its Strieborná silver/copper project near Roznava, Slovakia, over the past 12 months, including dewatering the property to a feasible depth, moving forward with the rehabilitation of the site’s old Mária mine and pushing ahead with environmental... 

American Vanadium to transform from miner to advanced-tech purveyor

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2013 The developer of North America’s most significant vanadium project, American Vanadium, is considering repositioning itself from originally only being a primary high-purity vanadium producer, to being a supplier of electrolyte for use in energy storage systems, and to marketing such systems in... 

Construction imminent at Tormin mineral sands mine

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 Construction at Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities Limited’s (MRC’s) new Tormin mineral sands mine will start in April, with first production expected within eight months, towards the beginning of the fourth quarter, reports CEO Andrew Lashbrooke. The mine, located on the... 

SA has enough coal, but not enough infrastructure – KPMG

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Where high-quality coal was favoured by international markets in the past, the emergence of low-grade coal in international markets has become an evident trend, owing to high-grade resources being mined out. This has increased the competitiveness of the global coal market, allowing India and... 

‘Rubik's cube’ of development outcomes to be solved mutually – Clement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2013 The Minister of the Canadian government’s economic development organisation for Northern Ontario (FedNor) Tony Clement was on Monday promoting the federal government’s commitment to bring together all role-players from the private and public sectors, including the First Nations, to map the way... 

Canadian govt inks investment agreements with Zambia, Cameroon

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2013 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) this week said it commended the federal government on the signing of two new foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) with Zambia and Cameroon. The Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway Ed Fast made... 

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