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Environmental News

Mining by-products can reduce algal blooms

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 The use of abundant, low-cost by-products generated by mineral processing, offers a potentially cost-effective and environment-friendly strategy for the removal of nutrients, says Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) project leader Dr Grant Douglas. 

CME calls foul on heritage listing of West Kimberley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2011 The Western Australia Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) on Wednesday called on the federal government to delay a decision on heritage listing the entire West Kimberley region, saying a report recommending the listing made a “mockery” of the assessment process, and would subject aboriginal... 

PGMs project moving forward

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in the Western Bushveld Complex, is moving forward with the next step of starting civil works. 

Kumba executive sees a project’s carbon footprint assuming greater importance than size, grade

By: Jonathan Faurie     12th August 2011 South African iron-ore giant, and the worlds fourth largest iron-ore producing company Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) reports a company’s carbon footprint will play a major role in the industry in 20 years’ time.  

Marathon seeks legal advice on Arkaroola issue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2011 ASX-listed Marathon Resources on Tuesday said that it would seeking legal advice regarding its options, after the South Australian government banned mining on certain parts of the Arkaroola pastoral lease, including the entire area covered by Marathon’s Mount Gee exploration licence. The company... 

First Uranium shares dip after tailings halted

By: Matthew Hill     26th July 2011 South African gold and uranium junior First Uranium lost 13% of its market capitalisation on Tuesday, after an announcement the previous day that South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) had told it to stop depositing reprocessed material on all its existing mine dumps. The regulator... 

Marathon seeks meeting over Arkaroola mining ban

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2011 ASX-listed Marathon Resources has requested a meeting with the South Australian Mineral Resources Development Minister, after mining was banned in the Arkaroola area. Marathon also said on Tuesday that it was taking “appropriate” advice with a view to redressing the impact of this “unprecedented... 

National Nuclear Regulator tells First Uranium to halt MWS dumps

By: Matthew Hill     25th July 2011 Just as it appeared First Uranium’s fortunes might be changing, with AngloGold Ashanti agreeing to buy nearly 20% of the company last week, the South Africa-focused gold junior said on Monday it had run into regulatory problems yet again. The TSX- and JSE-quoted firm said the South African... 

Victoria one step closer to permit for Yukon project

By: Liezel Hill     22nd July 2011 TSX-V-listed Victoria Gold has achieved an important milestone towards environmental-assessment approval for its Eagle Gold deposit in the Yukon territory, the firm announced this week. The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Board has deemed the project proposal document for the mine to be... 

South Australia bans mining in Arkaroola forever  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2011 South Australia Premier Mike Rann on Friday banned mining in the Arkaroola region, in the state’s far-north, where junior Marathon Resources is drilling for uranium. Rann said that after discussions with Environment Minister Paul Caica and Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis, it was... 

Indian miners subverting environmental compliance - Ministry

By: Ajoy K Das     18th July 2011 The Indian Forest and Environmental Ministry on Monday said that it was becoming increasingly common that companies undertook mining projects in India without prior environmental clearance. The clearance applications were submitted before authorities as fait accompli, the Ministry said in a report. 

Increasing environmental awareness boosts agitator demand

15th July 2011 Water handling and treatment solutions provider ITT Water & Wastewater reports that elevated energy costs and a growing concern for the environmental impact of operations have provided a significant boost to its new Flygt top-entry agitators. 

Great potential in small hydro

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th July 2011 Despite South Africa being a water-scarce country, there is still significant potential to develop small hydroelectric plants, says International Hydropower Association (IHA) VP Dr Terry Moss. 

Avalon signs early cooperation agreements

By: Matthew Hill     11th July 2011 TSX- and NYSE-listed Avalon Rare Metals on Monday said it had signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three Asian companies over participation in in the juniors Northwest Territory rare earths project. The agreements, which are non-binding and subject to due dilligence, will see the... 

MRC says SA subsidiary to respond to Xolobeni enviro concerns

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th July 2011 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) said on Monday that its subsidiary Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) had received formal notification from the South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that its mining right at Xolobeni had been revoked. The notification stated that TEM had 90... 

Vele enviro conditions will ensure the integrity of Mapungubwe – DEA 

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th July 2011 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Friday that the environmental authorisation conditions for the Vele coal mine near Mapungubwe would ensure the integrity of the United Nations World Heritage site. DEA spokesperson Albi Modise noted that the mine, which ASX-, Aim- and... 

Cougar ordered to stop underground coal gasification at Kingaroy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2011 The share prices of ASX-listed Cougar Energy dropped 6.25% on Friday on news that the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) banned the company from underground coal gasification operations at the Kingaroy project. In January, the DERM issued Cougar Energy with a... 

Communities seeking economic benefit from mining 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Local communities are increasingly seeking economic benefit from mining activities in their regions through equity stakes, infrastructure development, job creation and improving the communities’ ability to supply services and goods, international consulting firm Synergy Global Consulting director... 

Mitigating risks in Africa relies on sufficient planning

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Given Africa’s growing mining economy, risk mitigation is becoming increasingly important, as even the most risk-free country can become unstable, integrated risk mitigation solutions firm Unity Resources Group senior VP for strategic development Tim Curtis tells Mining Weekly. 

SA mines continue to assist seismic research

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 South African mines are continuing their cooperation with a group of South African and Japanese seismologists working on a collaborative project to mitigate earthquakes risks, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) geoscientist Ray Durrheim.  

Finance group enters solar feasibility

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Finance group International Finance Corporation (IFC), the member of the World Bank Group that is focused on the private sector, is currently developing a renewable energy initiative aimed at mitigating climate change and supplying sustainable cost-effective energy resources that will benefit all... 

Mine development activities on target at Perkoa

8th July 2011 Development of the Perkoa zinc mine, in Burkino Faso, is on target, with construction progressing well and the delivery of the first of two mechanised drilling jumbos to replace hand drilling taking place. 

Building hubs of excellence in Africa

8th July 2011 Africa’s mining industry needs to grow the availability of local skills in the engineering and management sectors, so that its current and future mineral projects are not hamstrung, says consulting engineers company SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

Carbon tax will inflate mining sector’s tax bill by far less than estimated R26bn – consultant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2011 Climate change management consultancy Promethium has queried the impending carbon tax’s estimated cost to the mining sector. 

SRK completes review of old tailings dams in Zambia

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th July 2011 South Africa-founded group of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has recently completed a review of 15 old tailings dams in Zambia and evaluate the work required to close them.  

Sierra Leone diamond miner secures funding for $150m expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 Sierra Leone’s largest diamond-mining company, Koidu Holdings, has confirmed that funding for the $150-million expansion at the Koidu kimberlite project has been secured and implementation is gaining momentum.  

Shabangu to address responsible mining leadership forum

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 The Community Responsible Mining Initative (CRMI) which is responsible for organising the Community Responsible Mining Leadership Forum, to be held at the Sandton Sun on July 25 and 26, reports that this year’s event will feature high-profile keynote speakers, such as Mineral Resources Minister... 

Mines can't absolve responsibility for AMD – De Lange 

By: Sapa     28th June 2011 National Assembly water and environmental affairs committee chairman Johnny de Lange on Tuesday warned mining companies they could not simply absolve themselves of responsibility for acid mine drainage (AMD). 

India makes environmental policies mandatory

By: Ajoy K Das     27th June 2011 India’s Forest and Environment Ministry has made it mandatory for all government-owned mining companies to immediately adopt a Corporate Environment Policy (CEP). The Ministry said on Monday that this was necessary to integrate environmental concerns into the day-to-day functioning of the... 

SA Parliament to hold acid mine water hearings next week

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th June 2011 South Africa's Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs would next week hold public hearings on acid mine drainage (AMD), committee chairperson Johnny de Lange said in a statement on Friday. The hearings would start explaining the findings and recommendations of an AMD... 

Shabangu withdraws Xolobeni mining licence 

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th June 2011 South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has withdrawn the mining licence granted to Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) in 2008, to mine for titanium-bearing minerals near Xolobeni on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. The Minister issued a letter stating that the licence was... 

Taseko submits revised plan, seeks approval for blocked BC mine

By: Liezel Hill     7th June 2011 Vancouver-based Taseko Mines has submitted a revised project description for its Prosperity gold/copper project, and is hoping for federal government approval for the mine, the company said late on Monday. Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced in November that the project would not be... 

Amadiba Crisis Committee turns to Public Protector over Xolobeni 

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd June 2011 The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), which is opposed to mining of the mineral sands near Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, has called for the intervention of the Public Protector, owing to the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) failure to make a decision on whether or not mining would proceed in... 

GWR hikes Wiluna West hematite resource 50%

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th May 2011 ASX-listed Golden West Resources (GWR) has reported a 50% increase in the measured and indicated resource for its Wiluna West hematite deposit, in Western Australia. The project is now estimated to host a measured and indicated resource of around 75,1-million tons. 

DMR makes R90m available to rehabilitate old asbestos sites

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th May 2011 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has invested a further R30-million into its asbestos rehabilitation programme, taking its total grant to R90-million over three years. Minerals and metallurgical specialist Mintek, whose contract with the DMR to rehabilitate abandoned asbestos mines was... 

How to mine and shine 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2011 A developing country like South Africa needs to benefit optimally from its R18-trillion mining endowment and also exploit its tourism potential to the full. To do that, those who mine must also shine, environmentally. 

Ivernia says Green SEA deal needed to salvage Magellan, stabilise finances

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th May 2011 Embattled Canadian miner Ivernia confirmed on Friday that it had struck a deal with Green SEA Resources, which would enable it to raise C$20-million, the proceeds of which would be deployed in support of its struggling Australian subsidiary, Magellan Metals, which was at risk of being declared... 

CoAL pays R9,25m Vele rectification application penalty

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th May 2011 JSE-, ASX- and Aim-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has paid a R9.25-million penalty to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as part of a precondition relating to the environmental authorisation for the controversial Vele colliery, in Limpopo. The coal junior said on Wednesday that... 

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