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Even top juniors are running out of money

Frik Els | October 6, 2015
Even top juniors are running out of money

New report on top 100 junior mining companies says "waiting it out no longer a viable strategy"

World's largest coal miner going gangbusters

Frik Els | October 5, 2015
World's largest coal company going gangbusters

Coal India will add 50 million tonnes to production this year with a target of 1 billion tonnes per year before the end of the decade.

Trans-Pacific Partnership will benefit Canada’s mining sector

Mining Association of Canada | October 5, 2015
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Mining is one of Canada’s largest outward investing sectors.

Half of global coal output is uneconomical, Moody’s says

Globe and Mail | October 4, 2015

Half of the world’s coal isn’t worth digging out of the ground at current prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

30,000 South African coal miners poised to strike

Andrew Topf | October 4, 2015

The fate of the South African mining industry is once again in the hands of striking workers.

Controversial BC coal mine green-lighted with conditions

Andrew Topf | October 2, 2015
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BC government grants environmental assessment certificate with 24 conditions.

Commodities terrible, terrible quarter in just one chart

Michael Allan McCrae | October 1, 2015
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Unless you were hiding out in rough rice or lean hogs, commodities were not your friend in the third quarter of 2015.

Fifty killed in a knife attack at a Chinese colliery

Michael Allan McCrae | October 1, 2015
50 dead knife attack chinese coal mine

Manhunt underway.

Low commodity prices could persist says Lagarde

Michael Allan McCrae | September 30, 2015
christine lagarde IMF low commodity prices

Change that is "necessary and healthy"

Rio Tinto agrees sale of interest in Bengalla Joint Venture for US$606 million

Rio Tinto | September 29, 2015

Bengalla is the smallest of three coal mines in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales in which Rio Tinto holds an interest, producing 8.6 million tonnes (3.4 million tonnes based on a 40 per cent Rio Tinto share) in 2014.

Alberta to phase out coal 'as quickly as we reasonably can' says premier

Michael Allan McCrae | September 29, 2015
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Net carbon pricing may be too low.

Navigating the post PPL No. P15-IV-01 workplace examination

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | September 29, 2015

The current metal/non-metal examination regulation falls far short of this important benchmark (clarity in terms of its requirements).

Australia’s minerals sector facing skills crisis

AusIMM | September 29, 2015
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The mining industry is now losing highly skilled professionals as they pursue alternative work.

World’s first deep sea mining proposal ignores consequences of its impacts on oceans

EarthWorks | September 28, 2015

As the deep sea mining industry chases investors at the Asia Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit, a new critique by the Deep Sea Mining Campaign reveals indefensible flaws in the Environmental and Social Benchmarking Analysis of the Solwara 1 project commissioned by Nautilus Minerals.

Glencore: how did it go so wrong, again?

The Guardian | September 28, 2015

Glasenberg’s perceived arrogance has irked and magnified his misjudgments on how the financial markets might move.

China's cap-and-trade more bad news for coal price

Frik Els | September 28, 2015
China's cap-and-trade more bad news for coal

China's imports of coal is already down 28% this year.

Alberta will turn away from coal power, Rachel Notley tells Montreal business group

Michael Allan McCrae | September 28, 2015

The Alberta premier is starting a five-day eastern road trip to sell Alberta as a responsible energy producer and a good place to do business.

Glencore's ugly, ugly drop

Michael Allan McCrae | September 28, 2015
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30% tumble.

Alberta to consider mountaintop coal mine for company facing environmental probe

Globe and Mail | September 27, 2015
alberta mining

Alberta’s energy regulator is about to consider a plan for a large mountaintop coal mine at the same time it investigates the proponent for possibly fouling a crucial spawning stream for endangered trout.

Total US coal mines the lowest on record — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 25, 2015
Total US coal mines the lowest on record — report

The total number of operating coal mines in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since at least 1923, one of the earliest year on record, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Renewables beat coal for first time in UK electricity mix

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2015
Renewables beat coal for first time in UK electricity mix

More than a quarter of the UK's electricity came from renewables this spring, official figures show.

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The ever diminishing ambitions of BHP Billiton

Frik Els | September 23, 2015
The ever diminishing ambitions of BHP Billiton

This year capital and exploration spending at BHP will be $13 billion less than in 2013, leaving the world's largest miner with a single greenfield project.

EPA Announces $13.2 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean up Contaminated Brownfields Sites Across the US

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $13.2 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated Brownfields properties. Supplemental funding of the Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees helping 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects.

South Africa replaces mining minister on eve of massive job cuts

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 23, 2015
South Africa replaces mining minister on the eve of massive job cuts

Given that ousted minister Ramatlhodi is considered the main person that helped end a five-month strike in the country’s platinum sector last year, Zuma's decision is being questioned.

BHP Billiton contributed $7.3 billion in payments worldwide, shows first related report

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 23, 2015
BHP Billiton contributed $7.3 billion in taxes worldwide, shows first payments report

The mining giant acknowledged it used a Singapore marketing hub to minimize its tax expenses, but added it is paying its fair share worldwide.

World Coal Association calls for Climate Week to recognize role of all low emission technologies

World Coal Association | September 22, 2015

The World Coal Association (WCA) has called on participants at Climate Week to recognise the role of all low emission technologies in reducing global CO2 emissions.

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