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Environmental News

Mining company in hot water over pollution

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th January 2014 The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) has laid criminal charges against the owners of a tailing dam that overflowed and caused extensive pollution of the Selati and Olifants rivers in Limpopo. The dam, owned by Phalaborwa-based mining company Bosveld Phosphates, overflowed in... 

Kogi finishes ESIA for Nigeria project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2014 Junior iron-ore developer Kogi Iron has completed an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for its Agbaja iron-ore project, in Nigeria. The ESIA, which started in January last year, was a key component of the preliminary feasibility study evaluating the technical and economic... 

Kogi finishes ESIA for Nigeria project

Vale lifts force majeure on iron-ore shipments

By: Henry Lazenby     7th January 2014 Brazil-based iron-ore mining giant Vale on Monday said that it had lifted a force majeure on a number of its iron-ore sales contracts. The company declared a force majeure on December 27, as a result of heavy rain and unfavourable weather conditions that had impacted on operations and shipments... 

Vale lifts force majeure on iron-ore shipments

Silver lining in cloudy M&A market – KPMG

By: Henry Lazenby     6th January 2014 The Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector remained flat for a second year in 2013, reflecting similar numbers from 2012, professional services firm KPMG has found. The firm last week said the materials segment, under which was counted the mineral resources and mining sectors, also... 

Silver lining in cloudy M&A market – KPMG

Canadian resources, mining sector optimistic despite less business – Hays

By: Henry Lazenby     6th January 2014 Skills shortages remain top of mind for Canadian resources and mining sector employers, after 75% of companies polled in a recent international recruitment agency Hays Canada survey described the shortage as “moderate” to “significant”. Hays Canada’s ‘2014 Salary Guide’, which collected data from... 

Canadian resources, mining sector optimistic despite less business – Hays

Kibaran eyes key step for Epanko project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th January 2014 Junior explorer Kibaran Resources has launched an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) at its Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania, following a binding offtake agreement with a major European trader in December last year. Kibaran said on Monday that the ESIA work was a critical step... 

Kibaran eyes key step for Epanko project

MAC members contribute positively to host communities

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2013 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Friday said its ninth annual ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ (TSM) progress report had found a steady improvement in its member companies’ efforts to contribute positively to the communities where they operate. The 2013 report took a detailed look at MAC... 

MAC members contribute positively to host communities

Panel advises federal government to approve C$7.9bn Northern Gateway pipeline – with conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2013 A federal joint review panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project on Thursday recommended that, subject to 209 required conditions, the federal Canadian government approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project. The pipeline would link Canada’s significant oil sands-crude oil... 

Panel advises federal government to approve C$7.9bn Northern Gateway pipeline – with conditions

Flake graphite price could spike as China orders production halt

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2013 One of China’s primary flake graphite producing regions had been ordered to halt production on environmental grounds, which would take about 10% of the world’s flake graphite supply off the market, the equivalent of 60 000 t/y, UK-based market research firm Industrial Minerals Data said this... 

Flake graphite price could spike as China orders production halt

One year coal rights moratorium placed on BC cultural heartland

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2013 The British Columbia provincial government and the First Nation Tahltan Central Council (TCC) on Monday announced in a joint statement an agreement pausing the granting of new coal mining rights in the Tahltan Klappan area for a year. Called the Klappan Coal Licence Deferral Area Order, the... 

One year coal rights moratorium placed on BC cultural heartland

State territories back govt plan for environmental approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th December 2013 All state territories, including Western Australia, have now signed off on the federal government’s “one-stop-shop” for environmental approvals. Prime Minister Tony Abbot on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia,... 

Tony Abbot
Photo by Bloomberg
Tony Abbot

Mintek, association partner to increase ewaste collection, recycling

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th December 2013 State-owned minerals researcher Mintek and the eWaste Association of South Africa (eWasa) has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to jointly tackle the growing challenge of dealing with electronic and electrical equipment waste, or e-waste, in South Africa and Africa. 

MAC lauds federal government’s inking two trade agreements with Africa

By: Henry Lazenby     10th December 2013 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Monday commended the federal government on the signing two new Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with Tanzania and Guinea. The FIPA with Tanzania came into force earlier in the day, and the negotiations with Guinea were... 

MAC lauds federal government’s inking two trade agreements with Africa

Sherritt International says Athabasca wastewater safe

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2013 Comprehensive testing of the process water released from a pond on the defunct Obed Mountain mine, in Alberta, confirmed that the water quality in the Athabasca river was safe, according to findings from a team of third-party water quality and aquatic life experts, led by Millennium EMS... 

SA's legislative interventions failed to create wealth – UK analysts

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2013 The passing on Thursday of former South African President Nelson Mandela – a world icon for peace and reconciliation – on Friday prompted market analysts at SP Angel, in London, to take a pensive look at how South Africa’s renewed legislative environment had helped to boost personal wealth... 

SA's legislative interventions failed to create wealth – UK analysts

Crees to contest Strateco’s renewed effort for permission to explore

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2013 The Cree First Nation on Thursday vowed to fight Quebec-focused uranium explorer Strateco Resources’ renewed effort to gain permission to proceed with the underground exploration phase at its flagship Matoush project, in the Otish mountains. This comes as the company started new legal... 

Crees to contest Strateco’s renewed effort for permission to explore

Taseko starts judicial review application

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd December 2013 Midtier copper miner Taseko Mines has started a federal judicial review that would seek to set aside certain findings of a federal review panel report on the environmental assessment for the proposed New Prosperity gold/copper project, in British Columbia. Taseko had asked the court for a... 

 Taseko starts judicial review application

Kinross calls for industry to trumpet benefits footprint

By: Simon Rees     2nd December 2013 The mining sector should do more to broadcast its full benefit footprint on local and national economies, Kinross Gold VP corporate responsibility Ed Opitz told delegates at a recent conference in Toronto. By doing so, the industry will also help debunk much of the “resource curse” thesis, he... 

Kinross calls for industry to trumpet benefits footprint

Colombia to hold workshops before declaring Páramo boundaries

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2013 The Colombian government over the weekend announced that it planned to hold workshops with those who may be affected by the boundaries and those who would be involved in the sustainability of the Páramo of Santurbán, before it would declare the final boundaries of the environmentally sensitive... 

Colombia to hold workshops before declaring Páramo boundaries

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Orocobre lowers, completes A$30m placement

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2013 ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre on Thursday said it had decided to not allocate shares to Canadian applicants under its A$37-million placement on the ASX, which had reduced the placement to A$30-million. Orocobre explained its action was owing to a potential four-month trading restriction... 

Orocobre lowers, completes A$30m placement

Belo Sun shares climb after Brazil court repeals injunction

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2013 The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused Belo Sun closed significantly higher on Wednesday after a Brazil court had repealed an injunction that had suspended licensing for its Volta Grande gold-mining project. The Canadian junior’s shares closed 22.39% higher at C$0.41 apiece. 

Belo Sun shares climb after Brazil court repeals injunction

South Africa’s mining sector a ‘sunrise industry’ – Motlanthe

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2013 Despite some of South Africa’s mining sector critics pointing out the negatives, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is on an official State visit to Canada, on Tuesday conversely endeavoured to lift out the positives, saying a lot of progress had been made in transforming the... 

South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
Photo by Duane Daws
South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

By: Simon Rees     27th November 2013 The South African government is keen to foster closer ties with Canada’s mining industry and to attract Canadian expertise, two top government officials told audience members at the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business on November 26. The country is also committed to continue improving its... 

SA seeks closer Canadian ties as overhaul of mining sector continues

Chieftain poised to double, possibly triple BC flagship’s resources

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2013 The recent release of results from the first phase of TSX-listed Chieftain Metals’ latest drilling programme at its flagship Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, had revealed the “strong prospect of doubling or tripling the resources”. President and CEO Victor Wyprysky told... 

Tulsequah Chief
Photo by Chieftain Metals
Tulsequah Chief

Augusta’s stocks recover some value after scare selloff

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2013 The TSX-listed stock of Augusta Resources on Thursday regained 92.06% in value after the stock on Wednesday collapsed, dropping from C$1.69 to C$0.63 in half an hour after a leaked letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surfaced. A nongovernmental organiation published a letter... 

US explosives company pays penalty for environmental violations

22nd November 2013 US-based explosives and blasting services provider Dyno Nobel has agreed to pay a $257 167 civil penalty to settle what the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said are violations of three different federal laws. The EPA alleged that the company violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the... 

Importance of end land use and mine closure planning increases in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd November 2013 Significant improvement to mine closure planning has taken place over the last decade in South Africa since the promulgation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), which is a move towards ensuring that mining operations consider ways of reinstating a functional end land... 

Cliffs suspends Ring of Fire chromite project indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2013 US miner Cliffs Natural Resources late on Wednesday announced that it would suspend indefinitely its $3.3-billion Black Thor chromite project, located in Northern Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire district, by the end of the fourth quarter. New York- and Paris-listed Cliffs said it had... 

Taseko lifts stake in Curis Resources through $7m financing

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2013 TSX-listed Curis Resources on Wednesday announced that it had arranged a C$7-million nonbrokered private placement financing, under which it would issue 11.67-million common shares at a price of C$0.60 apiece to existing shareholder Taseko Mines. Taseko would then own 17% of Curis' outstanding... 

Alberta medical chief OKs Athabasca drinking water after waste release

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2013 Alberta’s medical chief on Tuesday said that the plume of mine wastewater floating down the Athabasca River following a containment pond failure, posed no immediate health concern to humans. On the evening of October 31, a dyke failure on the defunct Obed Mountain mine site, in the Hinton region,... 

Pisolite Hills bauxite project dealt environmental death blow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2013 ASX-listed Cape Alumina went into a trading halt on Wednesday after it was revealed that the development of its Pisolite Hills bauxite project, in Queensland, has again come under threat. The Queensland government announced plans to declare the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River... 

Taseko publishes assessment of federal environment review

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2013 Mid-tier copper miner Taseko Mines late on Monday published its critique of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on its website, saying the CEAA did not intend to post online the company’s criticisms of the panel review for its proposed New Prosperity mine, in British Columbia. The... 

Mindoro’s Agata project escapes wrath of typhoon Haiyan

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2013 Dual-listed Mindoro Resources on Monday reported that it had suffered no significant damage in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large swathes of the central Philippines on November 7. The company said the typhoon, which in Indonesia is also called Typhoon Yolanda, passed directly... 

Gomwe pleads with banks to back coal in fight against global energy poverty 

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2013 Development banks must help developing countries to use their coal in the cleanest possible way rather than starve them of funding, World Coal Association energy and climate committee chairperson Godfrey Gomwe said on Monday. Gomwe was speaking at the International Coal and Climate Summit in... 

KBL faces environmental appeal at Sorby Hills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2013 ASX-listed junior KBL Mining was facing an appeal against the grant of environmental clearance for its Sorby Hills silver/lead/zinc project, in Western Australia. The state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October approved KBL’s development of the Sorby Hills project, with all concerns... 

Taseko’s New Prosperity mine in BC could still be approved

By: Henry Lazenby     6th November 2013 In a surprising twist to the permitting saga surrounding base metals miner Taseko Mines’ proposed New Prosperity mine, in British Columbia, lead consulting engineer Knight Piesold has determined that it appeared that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and subsequently the federal review panel, had... 

NSW inks MoU to expedite enviro approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th November 2013 The New South Wales government has become the second signatory to the federal government’s efforts to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals. Following the endorsement of the Queensland government in October, the New South Wales government has signed a memorandum of understanding... 

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