Andrew Topf

Andrew Topf is an editor at MINING.com. With a background in newspaper and trade magazine reporting, Andrew specializes in writing about mining and commodities. He has written for the Black Press newspaper chain in British Columbia, Business in Vancouver, and Baum Publications.

Forest fires force temporary closure of two BC mines

A hot and dry summer in British Columbia has set forests aflame, and last week the effects of Mother Nature were felt by two prominent BC mines.

Junior shakeup in the White Gold District

The White Gold District in the Canadian Yukon territory is continuing to see movement, this time among junior gold explorers hoping to grab a piece of the action.

Glencore bets on copper with $21M investment in Brazilian producer

Glencore (LON:GLEN) has placed a multi-million-dollar bet on copper by investing just over US$21 million (GBP 16.16 million) into Brazilian copper producer Paranapanema (PMA).

Glencore tackles difficult subject through new charity

Mining is often described as a dangerous profession, but lurking behind the physical injuries, suicide has become a disturbing trend particularly in Australia.

Goldcorp ruffles First Nations over Coffee assessment

Company reduced waste rock dumps in response to concerns over water quality

Bloom Lake Mine gets US$180M loan

The cash keeps pouring in to Champion Iron (TSX:CIA) and its subsidiary, Quebec Iron Ore (QIO).

India imports more gold in H1 than all of 2016

Physical demand for gold has been surging in India since January.

Ross Beaty awarded Order of Canada

Mining magnate and philanthropist Ross Beaty joins other prominent Canadians in being among those awarded membership in the 2017 Order of Canada.

Explosion at Norilsk Nickel mine kills four

Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel.

Monster material movers

When mining companies need to move a lot of material they turn to some of the biggest equipment in the business.

MIT researchers produce copper without harmful byproducts

A team of MIT researchers in the United States has shown that they can separate pure copper and other trace elements from sulphur-based minerals using molten electrolysis.

Top 3 coal countries produced 6% more coal from January to May

Just when you thought coal was out, the fossil fuel appears to be back on the burner.

Emmerson to open first new gold mine in Northern Territory in a decade

Australia's Northern Territory will soon be producing gold again thanks to Emmerson Resources (ASX:ERM), which is advancing the Edna Beryl gold mine along with Australian gold producer Evolution Mining (ASX:EVN).

China shuns Indian iron ore in favour of Australia's

Chinese steel mills are turning their backs on India and embracing Australia as a source of higher-grade ore for steelmaking.

New Brunswick tungsten-moly mine gets environmental green light

Canada could be back to producing tungsten again following the closure of the country's only tungsten mine in late 2015.

Colombia coal mine explosion kills 13

Thirteen coal miners have died in Colombia after an explosion at an illegal coal mine on Friday.

Villagers invade Acacia's North Mara mine in Tanzania

Hundreds of villagers near the North Mara gold mine in Tanzania invaded the mine for several days last week in an attempt to steal gold ore.

Copper-zinc VMS project changes hands for C$28.8M

A high-grade copper-zinc volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) project in British Columbia will now be developed by Desert Star Resources (TSXV:DSR).

Pele Mountain sells uranium project to focus on lithium

A plan by Pele Mountain Resources (TSXV:GEM) to mine uranium in northern Ontario while at the same time processing rare earths has fizzled.

Mountain Pass sells for $20.5 million

The new owner of the Mountain Pass rare earths mine in California is MP Mine Operations LLC - a Chinese-led consortium including rare earths miner Shenghe Resources.

Former BC Mines Minister now director at project-generating junior

Bill Bennett, British Columbia's former Minister of Mines and Energy, has quit politics and joined Eagle Plains Resources (TSXV:EPL) as a director.

Canadian mining companies targeted in "cyber-extortion" scheme

The wealth of mining companies and their highly-paid executives has always made them a perfect target for thieves.

Lacking significant catalyst, Redstar Gold jumps 12% on 15x volumes

The junior mining market suddenly pivoted towards an Alaska-focused gold explorer today, which is advancing a high-grade gold play in Alaska.

Cliffs picks site in Ohio for $700-million iron ore plant

Up to 130 jobs could be created in Ohio at a new iron ore processing facility to be operated by Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF).

Korean consortium bids for Australian iron-ore giant Arrium

A consortium of companies including Korean steel juggernaut POSCO has made a bid for Arrium, a major Australian iron ore miner and steelmaker.