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Environmental News

New membrane may allow purification of AMD

By: Natalie Greve     22nd March 2013 A recently developed membrane that is used to separate waste from water could become key in the treatment of pollutants ranging from acid mine drainage to oil-containing wastewater, as well as in processes ranging from desalination to kidney dialysis. The technology, which was developed by a team... 

Gold mine installs oily-water treatment, recycling system

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies reports that, in January, it supplied an oily-water treatment solution, Ultraspin, for a car wash bay at gold producer Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine, in Ghana.  

New multigas detector for mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 To increase safety and to reduce harmful gas emissions in the mining industry, safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa added the Altair 4X Mining gas detector to its Altair range of multigas detectors in June last year. 

Mining giant invests in environmental, community sustainability

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Diversified miner Anglo American aims to add to South African mining’s environmental sustainability and green economic growth through a R100-million investment in its Green Fund, which falls under the company’s enterprise development arm Zimele. 

Award focuses on rehabilitation through landscape architecture

22nd March 2013 University of Cape Town graduate Phillippa Hedley won brick manufacturing company Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Project award in Cape Town, in December last year, along with a R3 000 prize for her thesis on disused landscapes and the potential that mines, urban... 

Ekurhuleni plant helping to break down mosquito resistance to pesticides

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd March 2013 Malaria continues to have a devastating effect on the African continent, not only in terms of mortality – claiming the lives of more than 600 000 Africans – but also in terms of the economy, causing the continent to suffer yearly economic losses of about $12-billion, which is equivalent to a... 

Mine lake rehabilitation proposal seeks African mining partner

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd March 2013 Australian company Ngalang Boodja Enterprises (NBE) is hoping to break new ground in the African mining sector through the commercial use of mine voids.  

Rusoro Mining files $3.03bn claim against Venezuela

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2013 Vancouver-based Rusoro Mining on Thursday filed a $3.03-billion claim in its arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela before the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The Russian-owned company filed the claim under the provisions of the... 

DFI inks JV agreement to develop Namibian diamond projects

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2013 Toronto-listed junior Diamond Fields International (DFI) on Thursday said it had signed a joint venture (JV) option agreement with Afri-Can Marine Minerals Corporation (Afri-Can) to develop the DFI's marine diamond leases in Namibia. Under terms of the agreement, Afri-Can and its local partner... 

Canada Lithium reports water leak from Quebec tailings facility

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2013 Quebec-focused project developer Canada Lithium on Wednesday said it had became aware of a clear water discharge from a storage cell within the tailings storage facility at its Quebec Lithium Project, near Val d'Or. The company said the facility held decanted water being used for the process... 

Sibanye Gold turns killer gas into low-price electricity at Beatrix mine

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2013 JSE- and NYSE-listed gold newcomer Sibanye Gold is turning Beatrix gold mine’s lethal methane gas into a power generation blessing at a third of the Eskom tariff. The highly explosive gas, which killed 40 employees between 1983 and 2001, is captured and brought to surface from depths of more... 

Canada’s territories expected to beat national growth

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 The global economy is making its presence felt in Canada's territories, dampening - but not dousing - the mining boom under way in Canada's North, The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for the North said in its twice-yearly 'Territorial Outlook: Winter 2013'. The Conference Board said real... 

Klondex Mines upbeat about Nevada project, sees lots of potential

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 Nevada gold explorer Klondex Mines sees the possibility of a potentially greater future resource at its flagship Fire Creek gold project, in Nevada, once bulk sampling gets underway in the second half of the year. The company, which also had a recent management shakeup and announced the... 

Ontario's right to issue mining permits upheld in Appeals Court

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2013 Ontario’s highest court – the Court of Appeal – on Monday overturned the decision of the Ontario Superior Court in the case ‘Keewatin versus Minister of Natural Resources’, giving the province the right to ‘take up’ treaty lands for settlement, mining, lumbering or other purposes. In 2000, the... 

Global Minerals several steps closer to production

By: Simon Rees     18th March 2013 Global Minerals has faced several critical tasks at its Strieborná silver/copper project near Roznava, Slovakia, over the past 12 months, including dewatering the property to a feasible depth, moving forward with the rehabilitation of the site’s old Mária mine and pushing ahead with environmental... 

American Vanadium to transform from miner to advanced-tech purveyor

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2013 The developer of North America’s most significant vanadium project, American Vanadium, is considering repositioning itself from originally only being a primary high-purity vanadium producer, to being a supplier of electrolyte for use in energy storage systems, and to marketing such systems in... 

Construction imminent at Tormin mineral sands mine

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 Construction at Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities Limited’s (MRC’s) new Tormin mineral sands mine will start in April, with first production expected within eight months, towards the beginning of the fourth quarter, reports CEO Andrew Lashbrooke. The mine, located on the... 

SA has enough coal, but not enough infrastructure – KPMG

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Where high-quality coal was favoured by international markets in the past, the emergence of low-grade coal in international markets has become an evident trend, owing to high-grade resources being mined out. This has increased the competitiveness of the global coal market, allowing India and... 

‘Rubik's cube’ of development outcomes to be solved mutually – Clement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2013 The Minister of the Canadian government’s economic development organisation for Northern Ontario (FedNor) Tony Clement was on Monday promoting the federal government’s commitment to bring together all role-players from the private and public sectors, including the First Nations, to map the way... 

Canadian govt inks investment agreements with Zambia, Cameroon

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2013 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) this week said it commended the federal government on the signing of two new foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) with Zambia and Cameroon. The Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway Ed Fast made... 

EAM working hard on Indonesian projects following company turnaround

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2013 Toronto-listed exploration junior East Asia Minerals (EAM) is hard at work proving up resources at its two Indonesian gold projects, following a company turnaround during the past 14 months that has seen the company bounce back from the brink of failure. While attending the Prospectors and... 

Mining to be Ethiopian economic backbone as Allana outlines progress 

By: Simon Rees     7th March 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa was at the fore of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s 2013 show, with projects from West, Central and Southern Africa firing the imagination of many delegates and even grabbing several headlines. One region worthy of close attention is Ethiopia. The wars... 

Geologies, tight financing markets set apart global rare earths projects

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2013 There is a growing realisation within the rare earths extraction sector that those development projects that do not have well understood geologies will find it increasingly difficult to attract financing, which may result in those projects falling by the wayside in the medium term. The... 

Eagle Mountain moves ahead with EIA, PEA for Guyana project

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2013 Guyana-focused project developer Eagle Mountain Gold is moving forward with an environmental-impact assessment (EIA), following the company’s exercise of an option to acquire from Iamgold subsidiary Omai Gold Mines the remaining 50% interest in the advanced-stage Eagle Mountain gold property.... 

QMX seeks JV partner at flagship Manitoba project

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2013 Toronto-listed junior QMX Gold is on the prowl for a private equity partner, president and CEO Francois Perron told Mining Weekly Online during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s show. The company operates the Lac Herbin mine, in Val-d’Or, Quebec, and owns gold properties in... 

Randgold Resources to remain dividend-driven midtier producer

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2013 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources on Wednesday affirmed its intention to remain a dividend-driven midtier gold producer in a global mining environment of rising costs and difficult equity and debt markets. CE Mark Bristow said that after the past number of years’ sustained gold price above... 

Aboriginal training alliance formed as Feds highlight Ring of Fire development

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2013 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) creating a new training alliance was on Monday inked at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) yearly convention, paving the way for a skilled Aboriginal workforce to be trade-ready to contribute to the development and exploitation of... 

SA Deputy Minerals Minister defends MPRDA revision at PDAC

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2013 South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant has defended the current review of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), saying it did not affect investor confidence in the country’s mining industry, owing to not being policy yet. The Deputy Minister... 

Project developers Transition Metals and HTX Minerals to tie the knot

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2013 Toronto-listed project developer Transition Metals and private Ontario firm HTX Minerals on Monday announced they have entered into a letter of intent to combine the businesses. Under the agreement, inked on Sunday, the two companies intend to implement an all-script plan of arrangement, by... 

Ontario government creates new Northern Cabinet Committee

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2013 The Liberal Ontario government has created a new Northern Ontario Cabinet committee, chaired by Thunder Bay - Atikokan Member of Provincial Parliament Bill Mauro, to address the needs of Northern Ontario. During the first meeting of the Ontario government in the north of the province since 1995,... 

Osisko monitoring committee found ineffective, call for nominations

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2013 Auditing and consulting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton on Thursday said an investigation into the effectiveness of the Osisko Mining monitoring committee had found the committee could not be deployed effectively in its current form, owing to it lacking the required expertise and authority.... 

Water treatment provider assists mines in Botswana to treat run-off water

1st March 2013 Aim-listed African Copper boosted its third-quarter copper-in-concentrate production to 2 577 t, up 47% from what it produced in quarter three of 2011, on the back of increased throughput at its Botswana-based Mowana and Thakadu mines, the company reported in January. Ore processed in the quarter... 

Botswana cannot afford to take water risks – hydrologist

1st March 2013 As a semi-arid country Botswana cannot afford to take any risks when it comes to water management in new mining projects, says natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting Johannesburg partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd.   

Adex Mining CFO resigns

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2013 Canadian junior Adex Mining CFO Will Burton on Wednesday resigned to pursue a new opportunity. Burton's resignation would be effective on April 12, and the company said it would immediately begin a search for a replacement. Burton was involved with the company for seven years. 

Canada's far north presents challenges, opportunity - Norton Rose

By: Simon Rees     27th February 2013 The mining of precious metals and diamonds in Canada’s far north has been feasible for some time now, but mining for bulk commodities, such as iron-ore, has proven more difficult. Historically, the climate has precluded large-scale mining operations, while the technology and infrastructure... 

Inmet Mining and Petaquilla Minerals reach $150m accord

By: Henry Lazenby     26th February 2013 Toronto-based Inmet Mining and Panama-focused miner Petaquilla Minerals on Monday reached a $150-million commercial agreement for the companies’ projects in Panama. Under a binding term sheet, the two companies have resolved a number of issues related to aggregate procurement, land access and... 

More hydrology testing required at Romarco’s South Carolina project

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2013 Gold development company Romarco Minerals recently reached an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agency responsible for the project's environmental-impact statement (EIS) for its Haile gold mine, in South Carolina, to undertake further hydrology testing to supplement existing... 

Group Five starts work on TCTA AMD contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2013 JSE-listed Group Five has started the construction of high-density treatment works, pump station and monitoring shafts to tackle acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand Central basin. The group, which was awarded the R319-million contract by State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority... 

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