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Environmental News

Amplats considers introducing solar power at mines 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2013 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has called for expressions of interests (EoI) from independent power producers for the supply of electric power for its operations. The company, which aimed to enter into a long-term power purchase agreement, was seeking service providers to... 

Papillon awarded environmental permit for Fekola

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2013 ASX-listed Papillon Resources has been granted an environmental permit for its Fekola gold project, in Mali. The company said on Thursday that the granting of the permit was a major milestone for the company, and followed a significant amount of work over the last 18 months, including baseline... 

Equinox Copper secures fiscal stream with small-scale mining

By: Simon Rees     7th May 2013 With the junior mining sector still stuck in the economic doldrums, companies using alternative funding models, or using existing financing routes with bolt-on revenue streams, deserve close attention. One such company is junior miner Equinox Copper. Initially, its main objective was to... 

Quebec announces plans for northern development, assigns $868m

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and provincial Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet, on Tuesday outlined the province’s incumbent political party, Parti Québécois’ economic vision for developing the vast north, committing $868-million over the next five years to develop the region. Marois,... 

Belo Sun announces PFS for flagship Brazilian project

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Brazil-focused exploration company Belo Sun this week announced results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its flagship Volta Grande project in central Brazil. The study placed a potential after-tax net present value of $474.2-million on the project, using a 5% discount rate. The study had also... 

Canada Lithium’s process plant approved for operations

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Quebec-focused lithium producer Canada Lithium on Tuesday said it had received official approval from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to operate the new process plant kiln at its flagship Quebec Lithium project, near Val d'Or. Canada Lithium said following an on-site field evaluation on... 

Coal for Eskom now top priority – Coal Roadmap 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2013 Securing coal for Eskom was now the number-one priority, South African Coal Roadmap chairperson Ian Hall said on Tuesday. Addressing the twelfth Coaltrans Southern Africa coal conference at Sun City, the Anglo American Thermal Coal Projects GM said Eskom needed 60-million tons a year of new-mine... 

EMED's Spanish project part of a European mining renaissance

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2013 Toronto-listed project developer EMED Mining was part of what might very well be a renaissance of European mining, as it was preparing to restart mining at its flagship Rio Tinto copper mine, in Spain’s region of Andalucia. The Europe-focused miner told Mining Weekly Online on Monday that... 

Centerra working intensively on long-term waste plan as dump moves

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 Unexpected waste movement was again forcing Canadian gold miner Centerra Gold to adjust plans at its flagship Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan, following the faster-than-expected waste movement in a large section of Kumtor's main waste-rock dump, the Davidov Valley waste-rock dump. Centerra late on... 

Aurizon stock slips after ‘minor’ spill

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 The Toronto-listed shares of gold miner Aurizon Mines on Friday shed almost 12% of its value after the company reported a “minor” discharge at a tailings facility at its Casa Berardi mine, in Quebec, which reportedly spilled contaminated material into James Bay. The company on Friday said the... 

PM announces support for 55 innovative clean-energy projects

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday announced support for 55 innovative new projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way. This support was being provided through the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was introduced in Budget 2011,... 

2012 marks prosperous year for BC mining industry despite lower earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2013 British Columbia’s (BC’s) mining industry has experienced another thriving year in 2012, including mineral exploration and development, despite profits being lower than in 2011, international auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC's) BC Mining Industry Survey for 2012 has found. "BC's mining... 

Expanding Kinross Gold’s Mauritania mine to cost $2.7bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2013 Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold on Monday released results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) to expand its Tasiast gold mine, in Mauritania, by adding a 38 000 t/d mill at a cost of about $2.7-billion. Kinross said the PFS was based on constructing a new 30 000 t/d mill at Tasiast using heavy fuel... 

Revised draft EPA report for Alaska project ‘fatally flawed’ – Northern Dynasty

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2013 Toronto- and New York-listed Northern Dynasty Minerals recently again criticised the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) release of a revised draft of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA) report originally released last spring, noting that the new report failed to correct the... 

Return of macroinvertebrates in West Rand stream a sign impact of AMD has lessened

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2013 Macro-invertebrates in the Tweelopiespruit, in the West Rand area, which was previously a sterile aquatic environment because of the severe impact of raw and untreated acid mine drainage (AMD), have returned for the first time in nearly three years, reports the Council for Scientific and... 

Fracking proponents, opponents agree on need for exploration to determine size of Karoo shale resource

By: Samantha Herbst     26th April 2013 Gas industry stakeholders promoting and discouraging the exploiting of shale gas reserves in the Karoo basin reached a consensus at Gas Week 2013 – exploration needs to go ahead to conclusively determine whether the 485 tcf of technically recoverable shale gas in the region is, indeed,... 

Endeavour Mining progresses with Côte d'Ivoire mine construction

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2013 Toronto- and Sydney-listed Endeavour Mining said about 57% of construction of the Agbaou gold mine, in Côte d'Ivoire, had been completed. Endeavour on Wednesday said about 68% of the $160-million construction budget had been committed, with $59-million spent.  

ITH prepared for sustained lower gold price, optimising Alaska project

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2013 Vancouver-based International Tower Hill Mines (ITH) this week said it was prepared for the potential of a continuing lower gold price. ITH said it had developed an alternate work programme under which it would continue to fund its corporate activities, compliance matters and essential... 

Underground coal gas power project on cards in Free State 

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2013 A project that will supply underground coal gas from a deep, stranded coal deposit in the Free State to an independent power producer (IPP) is at an advanced stage of planning. Former Sasol executives Johan Brand and Eliphus Monkoe, who bought 1.4-billion tons of coal near Theunissen from BHP... 

First production from Canada Lithium’s plant delayed

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2013 Quebec lithium project developer Canada Lithium on Monday said it expected delivery times for the first lithium carbonate from its Québec lithium mine, near Amos, in western Quebec, was being rescheduled as a result of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) inspections of its hydrometallurgical... 

Pebble Partnership approves $80m to advance significant Alaska project

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2013 The Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) has approved a budget of about $80-million to advance the world-class Pebble project, located in south-west Alaska, this year, with the goal of starting permitting under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before the end of the year. Vancouver-based... 

Excellon Resources cedes 1 100 ha of exploration ground to farmers

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2013 Canadian silver miner Excellon Resources has agreed to cede 1 100 ha of exploration land to a local Mexican landowner known as the Ejido La Sierrita, who hailed a court ruling on the matter as a “historic legal triumph”. Excellon in August 2012 sued the Ejido to terminate the surface rights... 

Strateco starts legal action against Quebec uranium moratorium

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2013 Quebec-based Strateco Resources on Monday said it had started a series of legal actions against the province’s environmental agency to assert its uranium exploration rights. Strateco, which owns and was developing the Matoush uranium project located within a First Nation reserve, said following... 

Saskatchewan Research Council provides new service to help miners

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2013 The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has announced a new Qemscan service intended to assist the mining industry by providing precise quantitative mineralogical analyses, which is critical for proving resource deposits that could lead to mine development. SRC would be the first Qemscan service... 

Arizona Superior Court dismisses environmental lawsuit

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2013 Toronto-listed Curis Resources on Friday said the Maricopa County Superior Court, in Arizona, had dismissed a lawsuit brought against Curis and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), challenging the validity of regulations governing individual aquifer protection permits (APPs).... 

Fortune Minerals submits revised project description for BC project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2013 Canadian anthracite project developer Fortune Minerals and its joint venture (JV) partner Posco Canada (PosCan) have submitted to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) a revised project description for its flagship... 

Long-term thinking critical – Anglo American

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2013 Long-term thinking helped to generate wealth, mitigate environmental harm, combat poverty and promote development in near-mine communities, Anglo American chairperson Sir John Parker said on Friday. The company’s 2012 sustainable development report, launched at its annual general meeting in... 

Canada’s global mining role not to be taken for granted – MAC

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2013 Canada’s current global mining leadership status should not be taken for granted as mining investment dollars are highly mobile and global competition for it is fierce, Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton told the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday. In a... 

First Nations ties should be grown from the inside out - Brodie-Brown

By: Simon Rees     17th April 2013 Northern Ontario’s junior exploration and mining sector is facing challenging times and not just because of the current market turbulence. New amendments to the province’s Mining Act introduced on a voluntary basis in November 2012 became mandatory on April 1. The impact has left some companies... 

Torex progress founded on firm community relations

By: Simon Rees     17th April 2013 Community relations can make or break mining projects large or small. Faced with local concerns, or even strident opposition, companies that reach an accord and then establish robust community bonds warrant close attention, as do the methods they employed. Torex Gold Resources acquired the... 

Looming China/Africa head-on collision – Solomon  

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2013 An economic head-on collision was looming between Chinese business imperatives and Africa’s aspirations to derive more benefit from their continent’s minerals, J&J Group executive director Michael Solomon warned on Wednesday. Speaking at the Frontier Advisory China-Africa Business Summit,... 

Indonesia’s Aceh island to reclassify 1.2m ha of protected forest

By: Henry Lazenby     16th April 2013 Canadian exploration junior East Asia Minerals (EAM) hopes to eventually benefit from less stringent environmental constraints that have led to the apparent imminent reclassification of about 1.2-million hectares of protected forest, on the Indonesian island of Aceh, to ‘production forest’.... 

East Asia Minerals reports optimistic exploration results from Indonesia 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2013 Exploration junior East Asia Minerals on Monday reported positive results from its Phase 1 drilling programme at the company's Sangihe project, in Indonesia. East Asia Minerals VP of exploration Frank Rocca said the results were in line with the resources and grades identified in the National... 

EMED gets clearance for permits to start Spanish project construction

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2013 European miner EMED Mining on Monday said the Andalucian government had cleared all economic, technical and legal capacities for administrative recognition of the company's mineral rights for its Rio Tinto copper project, except for civil works on the tailings dam. This meant the government was... 

Cokal's Indonesian EIS approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2013 Indonesian coal hopeful Cokal has received approval for its environmental-impact study (EIS) from the Central Kalimantan provincial government on its Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) coal project. The EIS covered the expected full development of the Eastern block of the BBM project, which would be... 

Prospective SOP producer on schedule to complete PFS by midyear

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2013 TSX-V-listed EPM Mining Ventures on Thursday said a prefeasibility study (PFS) probing the potential to produce sulphate of potash (SOP) from its Sevier Playa project, in south-western Utah, was progressing apace, and was expected to be complete by midyear. The PFS, being undertaken by... 

Green norms fall prey to Indian mining imperatives

By: Ajoy K Das     8th April 2013 Environmental norms are losing out in the persistent tussle between mining and environment departments within the Indian government. The latest 'green' proposal to be scuttled by one the county's specially constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) was the Environment and Forest Ministry’s push to... 

Gold miner launches risk-emergency plan after Tibet landslide

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2013 Vancouver-based China Gold International Resources has launched a risk-emergency plan at its Jiama mine, in Tibet, following a catastrophic landslide at the end of March that killed at least 59 people. The company this week said the plan involved conducting safety verification of its production... 

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