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Environmental News

Terrane's Mt Milligan project gets key environmental approval

By: Liezel Hill     2nd December 2009 The federal government of Canada has approved the environmental assessment for Terrane Metals' Mt Milligan copper/gold project, in British Columbia, the firm announced on Tuesday. The company, in which Canada's second-biggest gold miner, Goldcorp, owns 60%, said that it hopes to start building... 

Western Copper receives Yukon reclamation award

By: Liezel Hill     25th November 2009 Vancouver-based Western Copper Corp was selected for the 2009 Robert R Lecjie award, for its reclamation programme on old abandoned workings at the company's Casino project, it reported on Wednesday. The award was created in 1999 to acknowledge innovative approaches to planned reclamation,... 

SA miners to face the strong arm of the law for rehab noncompliance

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th November 2009 On a continent blessed with a wealth of mineral resources, these riches also carry an underlying tone of blackness fraught with pollution, land degradation and health and safety risks. With over a century of mining history in South Africa, the debate continues as to whether government has... 

Study confirms viability of planned acid mine drainage initiative

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th November 2009 Watermark Global wholly owned subsidiary Western Utilities Corporation (WUC) has completed its definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the implementation of its solution to the threat posed by underground acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand Basin. 

Miners to face the strong arm of the law for rehab noncompliance, govt warns

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     20th November 2009 In a continent blessed with a wealth of mineral resources, these riches also carry an underlying tone of blackness fraught with pollution, land degradation and health and safety risks.  

Mexico orders New Gold mine halted

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2009 Shares in Vancouver-based New Gold fell 13,4% on Thursday, after the company said it had suspended mining operations at the Cerro San Pedro mine, in Mexico. After a ruling by the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice, Mexico's State environmental protection agency nullified the... 

Enviro solutions company making inroads into Southern African mining

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th November 2009 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has secured a number of projects in the mining industry that the company refers to as key to building the future of its Ultraspin hydrocyclone technology in Southern Africa. 

Mining group lauded for green mining efforts in Madagascar

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th November 2009 Diversified miner Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) has won the 2009 Nedbank Capital Green Mining Award. 

Govt approves expansion of Exxaro’s Matla coal mine

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th November 2009 The expansion of the Matla coal mine in Witbank, Mpumalanga, has been given the green light after the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) approved the project’s proposed wetland management and monitoring plan (WMMP). 

Collaborative initiative on Wonderfontein 
catchment remediation gets under way

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th October 2009 A public involvement and participation process (PIP) has been started by the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) and the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), together with the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), as part of implementing the recommendations for the remediation of the... 

Miners eye sea as land resources diminish

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th October 2009 The diminishing nature of some land-based mineral resources, [the resource determines where you mine and whether you mine - not an NGO focus which is in fact a welcome interest] has increased the importance of marine mining and has reignited the interest of mining houses in this new frontier. 

Clashing views on how treated mine water should be used

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th October 2009 Acid mine drainage (AMD), and more specifically, a solution to AMD, has develop into a hot debate since the first decant of this toxic water became evident in 2002. 

Anglo American to earn stake in Reed’s Rock Range project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2009 Global diversified miner Anglo American, through its subsidiary Anglo American Exploration (AAE), has entered into an option and joint venture (JV) agreement with Australian diversified resources company Reed Resources. Under the terms of the agreement, AAE could earn a 75% interest in Reed... 

Urgent decisions needed on Wits Basin mine water decant threat 

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th September 2009 Key role-players in resolving the environmental threat posed by acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa’s Witwatersrand (Wits) Basin points out that there is a “tight deadline” for decisions by the State and Rand Water if their proposed five-point plan for a “cost-effective, sustainable... 

Concern raised as two Western Basin mines stop pumping, treating mine void water

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th September 2009 The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) informs Mining Weekly that two of the three mining companies responsible for cleaning and treating the toxic mine water in the Western Basin have once again stopped pumping and treating the mine void water. 

Wastewater treatment specialist deploys new technology to combat acid mine drainage

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th September 2009 In an effort to tackle the extensive and severe problems created by acid mine drainage (AMD), water and wastewater treatment company VWS Envig has announced its latest AMDRO technology. 

Trust pays out R30,8m to asbestos disease sufferers

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th September 2009 The Asbestos Relief Trust (ART) reported a 9% decrease in claims paid to asbestos-afflicted communities for the 2009 financial year compared with its 2008 figures. A total of R30,8-million was paid to 539 claimants during the year. 

South Africa’s Thuthuka Group to acquire 26% stake in Malawi niobium project

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th September 2009 South African engineering company Thuthuka Group has entered into a $10,6-million joint-venture (JV) agreement with Globe Metals & Mining to potentially earn a 25% interest in the Kanyika niobium project.  

Govt action needed to help sustain Canadian mining sector – association 

By: Liezel Hill     31st August 2009 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Monday presented the country's Mines Ministers, who are meeting this week in St John's, Newfoundland, with a list of actions that it believes are necessary to ensure the sector remains competitive. These include increased and ongoing investment in... 

Coal on its way to a cleaner future

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th August 2009 Significant resources are being put into transforming coal into a cleaner technology, and a new era needs to dawn for the fossil fuel, particularly in South Africa, where it will be an irreplaceable part of the energy mix for some time. 

SA company installing generators for Namibia desalination project

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 South African-based company Superwatt, is installing generators to power the new seawater desalination plant for Areva and UraMin Namibia’s uranium exploration project. 

MQA launches initiative to improve 
maths and science education

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st August 2009 In response to the growing need to resolve the country’s increasing skills crisis, the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has recently launched its tutoring programme to promote the development of maths and science at high school level. 

Canadian miners see threat from climate change – study

By: Liezel Hill     19th August 2009 A significant percentage of Canadian miners believe that climate change could have, or is already having, a negative a negative effect on operations, according to a report published on Wednesday by the David Suzuki Foundation. Interestingly, however, only 25% of senior executives and management... 

SA firm installing first-of-a-kind wastewater plants in Ghana

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th August 2009 Wholly-owned subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies VWS Envig is currently in the final phase of completing a project valued at € 920 000 for gold major AngloGold Ashanti. 

Mintails prepared to help tackle AMD on the West Rand

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th August 2009 Gold producer Mintails SA is committed to participating in any sustainable solution aimed at tackling acid mine drainage (AMD), one of the biggest environmental challenges facing the mining industry on the West Rand, says Mintails CEO Dick van der Walt.  

NGO urges swift decision-making on 
toxic water treatment option

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th August 2009 The Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) is urging Government to make an immediate decision on the preferred process to treat the toxic water from mine activities in the Western, Central and Eastern basins of the Witwatersrand. 

Role of politicians-turned-mine-bosses a cause for concern

By: Jonathan Faurie     7th August 2009 The role of past politicians, who have moved on to become significant role players in the mining industry, is negatively affecting the mining industry reports an independent research company, the Bench Marks Foundation. 

Public consultation under way on Coro Mining's Argentina project

By: Francisca Pouiller     31st July 2009 A formal public consultation period has begun on Coro Mining's San Jorge project, in the Argentine province of Mendoza, and will continue until October 13. The study is currently also being evaluated by the National Technical University on behalf of the government, and this technical review is... 

AngloGold Ashanti resumes gold exports after settling enviro dispute with Guinea govt

By: Jonathan Faurie     31st July 2009 Gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti has reached an agreement with the government of Guinea regarding the environmental rehabilitation programme of the Siguiri project. 

Massive acid mine drainage project stimulus for local beneficiation

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     31st July 2009 Help is at hand to assist South Africa’s rising mine water dilemma. It has come in the form of the Western Utilities Corporation (WUC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aim-listed Watermark Global, which aims to turn the acid mine drainage scourge into a beneficiation opportunity.  

Alaskans file suit challenging Pebble permits

By: Liezel Hill     29th July 2009 An organisation representing native Alaskan groups, as well as some prominent Alaskans, have filed a civil suit against the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), asserting that the department violated the Alaskan constitution by granting exploration permits to the controversial Pebble... 

Govt urged to cast net wider in its search 
for solution to acid mine drainage

By: Loni Prinsloo     24th July 2009 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one of the most serious and potentially enduring environmental problems for the mining industry and, if left unchecked, can result in such long-term water-quality impacts that could well be this industry’s most harmful legacy, says Environmental and Remedial Technology... 

Angloplat pioneers ‘clean’ fuelcell power using Anglo Coal gas

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2009 The world’s largest platinum miner, Anglo Platinum, on Monday unveiled a pioneering clean-energy fuel-cell power plant that uses coal-bed methane gas from group company Anglo Coal. Journalists were flown to see the stationary plant at an Anglo Coal coal-bed methane gas exploration site near... 

NGOs seek to have Mpumalanga prospecting licences overturned

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th June 2009 A group of nongovernmental organisations (NGO’s) and landowners in the Wakkerstroom and Luneburg area of Mpumalanga have filed two High Court applications to have the coal prospecting rights, which the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) awarded to Delta Mining Company, refuted. 

SRK sets up shop in Argentina

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th June 2009 The Argentinean mining industry, although small compared with South Africa, Australia and Chile, has huge potential. 

SA consulting group opens offices in China, Indonesia

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th June 2009 With the rapid expansion shown in many Asian markets, consulting engineering company SRK Consulting has recently opened a number of new offices in the region to cope with its growing demand. 

Acid mine drainage – a new value-added beneficiation economy?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     26th June 2009 The issue of mine water should not be considered a mining challenge, but rather as a resource that can be used as the basis of a new value-added beneficiation economy, says political scientist Dr Anthony Turton. 

Cyanide neutralisation firm sets up shop in South Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th June 2009 Within the next two months, the US-based wastewater treatment company, Pollution to Water (P2W), will set up office in South Africa offering the country’s gold mines a cyanide destruction system that eliminates the use of chemicals. 

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