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Environmental News

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formal notification from the South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that its mining right at Xolobeni had been revoked.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... 

Geraldton launches Jabiru lead exceedance probe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2011 The Geraldton Port Authority (GPA) is investigating a ship-loading event by copper miner Jabiru Metals, after dust samples from the shipment indicated higher-than-allowed traces of lead. Between April 24 and 26, Jabiru shipped 5 510 t of copper concentrate through its storage facility at the... 

Cape Town to play host to up to 10 000 earth scientists in 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th May 2011 South African geologists believe seismicity in the mining industry is still one of the greatest threats to industry and the ongoing research in these fields will advance technologies and processes to mitigate such occurrences. 

Solutions provider upsizes pontoons

By: Jessica Hannah     29th April 2011 Minerals solution-provider Weir Minerals Africa has increased the size of its pontoon platform offering. 

Government takes lead on AMD – Golder

29th April 2011 Government has taken the lead in dealing with the acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge following Cabinet’s approval of the 146-page AMD report, says ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates principle André van Niekerk. 

Solutions needed for by-products from AMD treatment

By: Jessica Hannah     29th April 2011 Innovative solutions have been developed to tackle South Africa’s acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge, however, environmental solutions developer Earth Metallurgical Solutions (EMS) MD Richard Doyle believes treating the AMD is not enough, as solutions are also required for resulting by-products. 

Diversified miner builds homes from gypsum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2011 The eMalaheni water reclamation plant, which produces gypsum through its acid mine drainage treatment process, has found a sustainable use for the by-product.  

Combining water solutions processes

By: Jessica Hannah     29th April 2011 Water solutions company Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies South Africa and national mineral research organisation Mintek have partnered to combine Veolia Water’s water treatment technology and Mintek’s acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment process. 

Ivernia puts Magellan mine on care and maintenance

By: Liezel Hill     7th April 2011 TSX-listed Ivernia has started placing its Magellan lead mine in Western Australia on care and maintenance, and said on Thursday it can not predict when operations will resume. The company's local subsidiary has started talking to employees at the site and its Perth office about potential job... 

Oil sands stocks slide on Alberta plans

By: Matthew Hill     6th April 2011 Canadian oil sands producers led the TSX lower on Wednesday after the Alberta government announced plans the previous day to cancel some leases in the province to protect the environment. The energy index slipped 1,4% by late afternoon, despite crude oil prices rising to $108/barrel. 

Shabangu delays Xolobeni decision by one month to April 25 

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th April 2011 A decision on whether or not heavy mineral mining would proceed at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast was further delayed as the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu failed to meet a previously stipulated decision deadline of March 25. The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) first lodged an objection to... 

Ivernia halts Magellan mine again

By: Liezel Hill     5th April 2011 TSX-listed Ivernia has voluntarily stopped operations at its Magellan lead mine, in Western Australia, after finding lead in a sample of dried mud on the bottom of a shipping container sent from the mine site to the Port of Fremantle. The company did not say how long the shut-down was likely to... 

Romarco still targets mine permits, finance by year-end

By: Liezel Hill     4th April 2011 TSX-listed Romarco Minerals is still aiming to have the permits it needs to build the Haile gold mine in South Carolina in hand by the end of this year, CEO Diane Garrett said in an interview on Monday. The company is also aiming to have financing in place for the project by the third quarter,... 

Romarco emphasises no decisions made on permits

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2011 Shares in TSX-listed Romarco Minerals fell sharply on Friday morning, after a South Carolina newspaper reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency has recommended against awarding a permit for the company's flagship project. Romarco shares were down 17% at C$1,84 apiece by 10:19 in... 

Chinese still sweet on nuclear - Cameco CEO designate

By: Matthew Hill     1st April 2011 The mood among Cameco’s Chinese customers remains positive regarding the country’s nuclear build programme, said president Tim Gitzel, who returned from a trip there this week. Speaking in an interview with Mining Weekly Online, he said Chinese nuclear power utilities would likely go ahead with... 

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