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.

Taseko in court to appeal defamation win by enviro-group

Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO), the company behind a large copper-gold project in north-central British Columbia, was back in court last week to appeal a 2016 decision that went against it.

DOE funds $6.9M in projects to extract REEs from coal

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is building on earlier funding into research aimed at pulling rare earth elements (REEs) from coal.

Glencore snatches Rio Tinto-owned mines from Yancoal with $2.55B offer

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) has performed a coup d'etat on a deal that was practically sealed between Yancoal Australia (ASX:YAL) and Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON:RIO) for Rio's coal assets in Australia's Hunter Valley.

Top 40 miners returned to profit in 2016: PwC

Is the bad and the ugly over and the good returning to the mining industry? PwC seems to think so.

Most potash shipped through Thunder Bay in a decade

According to the Thunder Bay Port Authority, 134,000 tonnes of potash crossed its docks into ships en route to ports in Brazil and Europe.

New gold mine in Timmins by 2018: Gowest CEO

Timmins could see the start of another gold mine by 2018 according to the CEO of mine developer Gowest Limited (TSXV:GWA).

First Majestic Silver to resume mining after labour disruption

First Majestic Silver's (NYSE:AG,TSX:FR) La Encantada silver mine in Mexico should be back into the ore within weeks after a labour disruption halted production in May.

Shandong to borrow $1.26B to buy half of Argentinian gold mine

Top Chinese gold producer Shandong Mining will have to arrange financing before unlocking its half of the Veladero mine in Argentina.

Michigan potash mine still in play

Could Michigan become a potash producer to compete with the likes of Canadian behemoth PotashCorp (NYSE:POT) and U.S. fertilizer giant Agrium Inc.(NYSE:AGU)?

Pimenton mine in Chile goes bankrupt

One of the world's highest-grade gold mines has been closed and its operator has declared bankruptcy due to a lack of working capital.

Mountain Province Diamonds jumps 11.4% on 53- and 84-carat finds

TSX and NASDAQ-listed company said it unearthed two gems, one at 53.9 carats and the other at 84.65 carats, from Gahcho Kué in April.

More iron ore coming Western Australia's way

The global glut in iron ore will not be helped by an investment by Rio Tinto to develop its Koodaideri iron ore deposit in Western Australia.

Is coking coal pricing moving away from quarterly benchmarks?

Metallurgical coal miners could be exposed to more pricing volatility if a move afoot to do away with quarterly pricing comes to anything.

New PEA supports Richmont's plan to mine deeper at Island gold mine

Richmont Mines (TSX:RIC) wants to go deeper in search of gold at its Island gold mine in northeastern Ontario, and now has a business case to back that up.

Successful partnership makes fly-in/fly-out easier

Managing large-scale camps in remote locations involves balancing complex components across various systems.

Low platinum prices push jewellery demand

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but for budget-conscious ring-bearers, the preferred material might be platinum.

Hostages kidnapped from DRC gold mine released

A kidnapping incident at one of Banro's gold mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been resolved.

Plan to restart Bloom Lake Mine gets $40M boost + offtake

The Bloom Lake Mine's new owner earlier this month announced new cash for upgrades to the shuttered operation and an offtake agreement with a Japanese trading company to receive iron ore for steelmaking if the mine gets back into commercial production.

BELAZ hoping to make inroads into North American mining truck market

Breaking into the North American heavy equipment market isn't easy, especially for offshore companies.

Drilling begins on property adjacent to 125,000-oz Kyrgyzstan gold mine

Initial drilling is designed to intersect an area which was previously drilled in the former Soviet republic between 1970 and 1990.

Kinross sells White Gold District properties for approx. C$60 million

Kinross Gold (TSX:K,NYSE:KGC) has unloaded five of its properties in the Yukon White Gold District to newly formed company White Gold Corp (TSXV:WGO) in a cash and share deal worth around C$60 million.

$16K in gold bullion up for grabs in new stock-picking contest from Stockpools & Kitco

Junior mining investor enthusiasts will be duelling it out for the big money when the next contest by Stockpools and Kitco is launched the first week of June.

Kivalliq picks up Baffin Island gold property previously explored by three majors

Uranium junior Kivalliq Energy (TSXV:KIV) last week expanded its portfolio of projects focused in Nunavut, northern Canada, by acquiring a position in what it says is one of the largest undeveloped greenstone gold belts in Canada, from Commander Resources (TSXV:CMD).

Skyharbour to drill AREVA-backed property this summer

The action is heating up in Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin with one of the major exploration players in the region, Skyharbour Resources (TSXV:SYH), announcing last week that its option partner Azincourt Uranium (TSXV:AAZ) will be starting a new exploration this summer.

Renamed Joy Global officially launched as Komatsu Mining Corp

Executives, elected officials and hundreds of Milwaukee-area employees today celebrated the official launch of Komatsu Mining Corp.