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Environmental News

EPA continue to study mining impacts of Northern Dynasty’s Pebble

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started a process under the Clean Water Act to investigate potential impacts on the aquatic habitat and fisheries associated with mine development in south-west Alaska. Canadian junior Northern Dynasty Minerals, the proponent of one of the world’s... 

Hudbay points out Augusta’s Rosemont permitting, financing risks

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2014 Following US base metals project developer Augusta Resource Corp’s swipe at Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals’ C$540-million unsolicited all-scrip offer to acquire Augusta earlier this week, Hudbay struck back, citing several reasons to believe that Augusta's goal of permitting the Rosemont mine, in... 

Hudbay points out Augusta’s Rosemont permitting, financing risks

Bury CO2 gases, says international climate change expert 

By: Kim Cloete     28th February 2014 World-renowned energy expert Sir Eric Ash believes China, the US and the UK are starting to take stock of the damage being done by carbon dioxide (CO2) released by coal and the potential of burying the noxious gases underground or in the sea. “I’m not aware of any coal plant around the world that... 

Kendal power station
Photo by Duane Daws
Kendal power station

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 In its 2014 session, held in February, world regulatory body the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA’s) Legal and Technical Commission was preparing draft regulations for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules in three areas approved for deep-seabed exploration worldwide. The first of the... 

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 In its 2014 session, held in February, world regulatory body the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA’s) Legal and Technical Commission was preparing draft regulations for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules in three areas approved for deep seabed exploration worldwide. The first of the... 

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

Goldgroup Mining gets explosives permit for Mexican operation

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2014 Mexico-focused gold producer Goldgroup Mining on Thursday said that it had received an explosives permit from the Secretary of National Defense, which was the final permit necessary for full-scale operations at the company's 100%-owned Cerro Prieto openpit, heap leach gold mine in Sonora state,... 

Goldgroup Mining gets explosives permit for Mexican operation

Taseko stocks tumble as Fed rejects New Prosperity, BC – again

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2014 The Canadian federal government on Wednesday evening for a second time officially rejected Canadian base metals miner Taseko Mines’ C$1.5-billion New Prosperity copper/gold mining project, in British Columbia, saying that it was "likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that... 

Taseko stocks tumble as Fed rejects New Prosperity, BC – again

New Quebec mining-industry driven website launched to engage residents

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2014 The communications fund of the Quebec mining industry, Minalliance, on Tuesday launched MinesQC.com, an online dialogue and informational platform aimed at the general public to bring together the players and stakeholders of Quebec's mining industry. Through the website, billed as a North... 

New Quebec mining-industry driven website launched  to engage residents

Future demand could dwarf WA oil and gas sector – Minister

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2014 With rising global demand for oil and gas, particularly from Asia, Western Australia’s current multibillion-dollar industry could be “dwarfed” by the potential opportunities emerging for the continent, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said. Delivering the opening address for the 2014... 

Future demand could dwarf WA oil and gas sector – Minister

Alamos Gold’s Turkish projects stall

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2014 The TSX-listed stock of Canadian miner Alamos Gold on Thursday tracked downwards after the company revealed that it was placing its two Turkish development projects on the backburner. Toronto-based Alamos said it had reduced its headcount and curtailed spending significantly in Turkey, owing to... 

Alamos Gold’s Turkish projects stall

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2014 Mechanical engineer Rod Pickering spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, the part of the now-defunct Comro that focused on hard rock, narrow-reef mining. After leaving Comro in 1996, he spent another 18 years running his... 

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

Miners urged to overhaul comms strategy and engage opposition 

By: Simon Rees     15th February 2014 Within living memory, mining was often a dirty, dangerous and toxic business. Health and safety was an afterthought in poorly-run operations, while waste and reclamation work was sometimes shoddy and, in extreme cases, simply disasters waiting to happen. Events like the 1966 Aberfan disaster in... 

Radius Communications president Jeff Silverstein
Photo by Radius Communications
Radius Communications president Jeff Silverstein

Ontario appoints Deloitte to kick-start RoF development corporation

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2014 The Ontario provincial government on Friday announced that it had appointed professional services firm Deloitte to help establish the development corporation that would be responsible for coordinating infrastructure in the mineral-rich Ring of Fire (RoF) region in the forbidding northern reaches... 

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle
Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle

Bungaroo South gets enviro nod

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2014 Developer Iron Ore Holdings (IOH) has been given the environmental nod for the development of its Bungaroo South iron-ore mine, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company reported on Friday that Western Australian Environmental Minster Albert Jacob had signed off on the Bungaroo South mine,... 

Karara weighs enviro options - Gindalbie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2014 Iron-ore miner Gindalbie Metals' operating arm Karara Mining is investigating a revised environmental assessment for parts of its Karara project, in Western Australia. Karara Mining has established a new consultative process to review the conservation values of a number of areas within the... 

Fortune Minerals’ Saskatchewan metals processing plant approved

By: Henry Lazenby     12th February 2014 The Saskatchewan Environment Minister on Tuesday gave the nod of approval for TSX-listed project developer Fortune Minerals to build a $200-million metals processing plant 27 km north-west of Saskatoon. Minister Ken Cheveldayoff had accepted the Environmental Assessment Branch's recommendation... 

Fortune Minerals’ Saskatchewan metals processing plant approved

London-listed miner to build $1bn pig iron plant in Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2014 Mozambican-based mining company Capitol Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange AIM-listed Baobab Resources, is to invest $1-billion in the construction of a pig iron plant in the Moatize district of the south east African country’s Tete province. Company exploration... 

Proposed changes to health and safety law could have unintended consequences for mines

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2014 Amendments to the Draft Mine Health and Safety Bill, raises many complex challenges for mining houses, which could result in financial repercussions and foreign disinvestment. The Bill could also detract from the real and underlying causes of health and safety-related incidents, thereby reducing... 

Proposed changes to health and safety law could have unintended consequences for mines

Hopes of greater stability in wake of Quebec’s new Mining Act

By: Simon Rees     5th February 2014 After several years of proposed changes to Quebec’s Mining Act, it seems this saga of near Homeric-length is nearing its close. Where Bills 43, 79 and 14 all failed, Bill 70 to amend and modernise the Act was adopted on December 9, becoming effective a day later. Commentators now hope the... 

Jean-Philippe Buteau
Photo by Norton Rose Fulbright
Jean-Philippe Buteau

Separating mining from oil, gas unwise – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2014 Separating oil and gas from mining in the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill framework would be unwise, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said in response to calls for this by Democratic Alliance shadow minister of mineral resources James Lorimer.... 

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu

Northern Dynasty appoints regulatory heavyweight to lead Pebble permitting

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2014 The proponent of one of the world’s largest undeveloped deposits Northern Dynasty Minerals on Tuesday announced that it has appointed US regulatory lawyer and former chief of staff in the US Department of Interior Thomas Collier as its new CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, replacing John... 

Pebble
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
Pebble

Still serious problems with mining Bill – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2014 There were still serious problems with the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill still before Parliament, Webber Wentzel mining head Peter Leon said on Tuesday. The Bill is due to be sent back to the mining portfolio committee on February 18 and 19. 

Webber Wentzel mining head Peter Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Webber Wentzel mining head Peter Leon

Chieftain Metals report suggests fish not at risk

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2014 Project developer Chieftain Metals on Monday said an Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment report carried out by accredited third-party consultants had concluded that the fish resource downstream from the $450-million Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, is at a healthy level... 

Tulsequah Chief
Photo by Chieftain Metals
Tulsequah Chief

Rare snail could impact on Golden Queen’s California flagship

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2014 An emergency petition filed with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) could potentially have a negative impact on TSX-listed Golden Queen Mining’s flagship Soledad Mountain precious metals project, in California. The Vancouver-based firm on Monday said that the Centre for... 

Rare snail could impact on Golden Queen’s California flagship

Ports not the main threat to Great Barrier Reef – report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian government’s progress report to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, saying that confirmed the real threat to the reef. “The State Party Report again documents the real threats to... 

Ports not the main threat to Great Barrier Reef – report

Great Barrier Reef approves dredging project to expand coal terminal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA’s) grant of dredge permits to expand the Abbot Point Port. “The dredging project goes hand-in-hand with the development of new coal reserves in the Galilee basin where proposed projects... 

Great Barrier Reef approves dredging project to expand coal terminal

More Canadians find mining jobs than previously reported – MAC

By: Henry Lazenby     29th January 2014 The Mining Association of Canada's (MAC’s) latest ‘Facts & Figures 2013’ report had found that new data pointed to a striking increase in the number of Canadians employed in mining and related industries, with more than 418 000 people in full-time-equivalent jobs working in various facets of the... 

More Canadians find mining jobs than previously reported – MAC

2014 might push for M&A increases

By: Henry Lazenby     29th January 2014 Retail, real estate, utilities and pension fund activity were not enough to fill the gap left by a dearth of deals in Canada's oil patch and mining companies. Even life sciences chipped in with large deals in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to prevent 2013 being the slowest year since... 

2014 might push for M&A increases

Australian junior applies for right to explore for shale gas in Karoo  

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2014 Australian oil and gas explorer Challenger Energy has applied for a right to explore for shale gas in South Africa’s Karoo. Challenger’s 95%-owned South African subsidiary, Bundu Gas & Oil Exploration, was the first mover in the shale gas belt where Shell and Falcon, with Chevron, are also... 

Robert Willes and Martin Creamer
Australian junior Challenger Energy tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that it is applying for a licence to explore for shale gas in South Africa’s Karoo. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Shane Williams.

Proposed model for natural resources governance

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Eastern Africa (Uneca) Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa, director Antonio Pedro will be one of the keynote speakers at the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) day to be held at the 2014 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, which will take place in Cape... 

Early-stage explorers and prospect generators tapped for performance in 2014

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2014 Despite the thorny down-market the junior exploration sector has been dealing with over the past 18 months, several companies had been rewarded for their performances. The problem is, however, that the industry has not delivered a lot of performance, Sprott US Holdings chairperson Rick Rule told... 

Early-stage explorers and prospect generators tapped for performance in 2014

EMED’s Rio Tinto project’s environmental permitting imminent

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2014 TSX- and LSE-listed EMED Mining’s endeavours to restart mining from the historic Rio Tinto copper mine, in Spain’s region of Andalucia, this week reached another critical step closer to obtaining the required environmental permits to start production. On Thursday, the director general of... 

EMED’s Rio Tinto project’s environmental permitting imminent

Shale gas industry lacking legal framework

By: Carina Borralho     17th January 2014 Mining companies that claim shale gas exploration in South Africa, including hydrogeological studies, is regulated under the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) of 1998, are incorrect or being misleading, says environmental law firm Cullinan & Associates senior associate and... 

US EPA publishes ‘final chapter in very sad story’ – Northern Dynasty

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2014 The proponent of one of the largest undeveloped minerals resources left in the world, on Thursday said US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final version of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA) was “really the final chapter in a very sad story." TSX-listed Northern Dynasty... 

US EPA publishes ‘final chapter in very sad story’ – Northern Dynasty

Fortune Minerals’ Nico project gets temporary land use permit

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2014 The Wek'èezhìi Land and Water Board has approved a staging (interim) land use permit for TSX-listed project developer Fortune Minerals’ Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper mine, in the Northwest Territories. The permit allows Fortune to conduct land-based early works at the site, including staging... 

Nico
Photo by Fortune Minerals
Nico

Taseko lifts 2013 copper output 35%

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2014 Midtier copper miner Taseko Mines had lifted its 2013 copper output by 35% year-on-year to 121.5-million pounds, boosted by the ramp up of a new concentrator at its 75%-owned Gibraltar mine, in south-central British Columbia. The Vancouver-based miner also on Wednesday reported that molybdenum... 

Taseko lifts 2013 copper output 35%

Graphite prices fail to excite in Q4

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2014 Optimism about a slight improvement in natural graphite sales throughout the fourth quarter of 2013 proved premature as the year ended on a lull in market activity, UK-based market research firm Industrial Minerals (IM) Data said on Thursday. Little upturn in industrial end-markets meant even the... 

Graphite prices fail to excite in Q4

SA moves to develop mine-water atlas

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2014 The Water Research Commission (WRC) is funding and developing a South African Mine Water Atlas to provide a comprehensive reference on the extent of mine-influenced surface and underground water in South Africa. The WRC said in a statement on Thursday that the project, which was being led by... 

SA moves to develop mine-water atlas
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