Canada

The problem with water is that we seldom have the right amount

Michael Allan McCrae | April 8, 2015
dirk van zyl mine water solutions conference

Mine Water Solutions conference scheduled for Vancouver mid-April.

Zambia goes after First Quantum over layoffs

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 3, 2015
Zambia goes after First Quantum over layoffs

Government claims it was not notified according to the law.

Mining top executives the gloomiest of all: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 3, 2015
Mining top executives the gloomiest of all: report

Despite the overall pessimism, mining CEOs remain just as confident on their own company’s growth as they were in previous years.

Labrador Iron Mines seeks court protection from creditors

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 2, 2015
Labrador Iron Mines seeks court protection from creditors

The Canadian miner became the latest victim of slumping iron ore prices.

BlackGold oil sands project on hold, Harvest cuts 105 jobs

Calgary Herald | April 2, 2015

Korean-owned Harvest Operations Corp. has cut 105 jobs and will delay start-up of its 10,000-barrel-per-day BlackGold thermal oilsands project until benchmark New York oil prices improve to above $60 US per barrel.

Canada’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister appointment to Barrick raises questions

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 1, 2015
Canada’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister appointment to Barrick raises questions

The ex-politician has recently accepted two high-paying positions in the private sector, including one as member of Barrick Gold's advisory board on international affairs.

Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine in Quebec reaches commercial production

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 1, 2015
Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine in Quebec reaches commercial production

Eleonore is expected to eventually become Canada’s largest gold producing mine.

Blood in the oil sands: Boom and bust in Alberta

Business in Vancouver | April 1, 2015
Blood in the oil sands: Boom and bust in Alberta

Two oil towns that have defined Alberta’s resource – and real estate – boom now show how fast the bloom can fade.

IMF in favour of Zambia mining tax changes

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 31, 2015
IMF in favour of Zambia mining tax changes

But the fund warned that only further tightening of fiscal and monetary polices would contain the country's large deficits.

B.C.'s Brucejack gold mine approved; first since Mount Polley tailings dam failure

Vancouver Sun | March 30, 2015
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The B.C. government has approved Pretium’s $450-million Brucejack gold mine, the first mine approved since the collapse of the Mount Polley mine tailings dam last year. Read more…

Canpotex finalizes pricing deal with China

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 30, 2015
Canpotex finalizes pricing deal with China

While it did not release price terms, it is believed the group will be selling its crop nutrient for US$315 per a tonne,

Trevali commences mining at Caribou Zinc Mine in anticipation of Q2 mill commissioning

Trevali Mining Corporation | March 30, 2015

Trevali Mining Corporation (“Trevali” or the “Company”) (TSX: TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) provides a status update on construction and mine re-start activities at its wholly-owned Caribou polymetallic mine and mill complex located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northeastern New Brunswick, Canada.

De Beers making it harder for diamond dealers to join supply chain

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 30, 2015
De Beers making it harder for diamond dealers to join supply chain

The move seeks to direct gems to the most financially sound purchasers and make the business more transparent.

Peregrine Diamonds acquires Botswana-based explorer

MINING.com Editor | March 30, 2015
Peregrine Diamonds acquires Botswana-based explorer

The deal gives Peregrine access to eight prospecting licences in the African country.

Allana Potash sold to Israel Chemicals for $137 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 27, 2015
Allana Potash sold to Israel Chemicals for $137 million

The deal aims to speed up development of Allana’s promising Danakil potash project, in northeast Ethiopia.

PetroChina wants to smoothly sail away from the oil sand business

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 27, 2015
PetroChina wants to smoothly sail away from the oil sand business

The oil giant is “actively engaged” in talks to swap North American assets, mostly Canadian, with international oil companies.

Alberta’s oil drillers brace for traditional spring slowdown to stretch until next fall — or longer

Financial Post | March 27, 2015

With world oil prices stubbornly stuck at around US$50 per barrel, Western Canada’s weather-related spring drilling slowdown could easily last until next fall — or longer.

JX, Mitsui Mining halt Caserones mine, to take a $421M write down

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 26, 2015
JX, Mitsui Mining halt Caserones mine, to take a $421M write down

The company said the suspension of operation at the copper is momentary, as northern Chile is being hit by torrential rain and snow.

Energy regulator staff probed over handling of TransCanada safety violations

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 25, 2015
Energy regulator staff probed over handling of TransCanada safety violations

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) probe centres on the alleged mishandling of claims of natural gas pipeline violations at TransCanada by engineers working for the energy regulator (NEB).

Vancouver zinc miner faces fines in Yukon

Business in Vancouver | March 25, 2015
India to auction 54 coal mines

At the end of January, the company announced it was placing the mine in care and maintenance, citing a commodity price crash, and earlier this month was forced to seek creditor protection.

Oil sands improving on environment, but new technology takes time

Canadian Press | March 25, 2015
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It’s a seemingly small thing, the matter of a dozen or so degrees difference in the water temperature during one part of the lengthy and complex process of squeezing oil from Alberta bitumen.

Here is what it looks like when mining trucks drive across frozen lakes

NASA Earth Observatory | March 24, 2015
Here is what it looks like when mining trucks drive across frozen lakes

In the farthest reaches of northwestern Canada, there are few people and fewer roads. When winter comes, fuel, explosives, and heavy equipment move north in an unusual way: via trucks driving on frozen lakes.

Why are young workers shunning the oil sands?

The Tyee | March 24, 2015

An annual survey of the oil and gas workforce has revealed a surprising trend.

Oil sands faces its biggest test in extended downturn

Bloomberg | March 24, 2015
Critics demand stronger action to tackle increased oil sands pollution

The collapse in the market for Canada’s heavy crude below $30 a barrel last week is hammering home a harsh reality for the nation’s oil-sands producers: There’s no one to save them this time.

Chile's court says Barrick’s Pascua-Lama has not damaged glaciers

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 23, 2015
Chile's court says Barrick’s Pascua-Lama has not damaged glaciers

The country's Environmental Court handed Monday a major victory to Barrick’s besieged Pascua-Lama gold, copper and silver project, straddling the border with Argentina.

Cliffs sells Ontario’s Ring of Fire claims to Noront for $20 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 23, 2015
Cliffs sells Ontario’s Ring of Fire claims to Noront for $20M

The U.S. miner said the sale is part of a strategy to divest non-core assets and focus on supplying iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry.

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