Silvercorp Metals was forced on Friday to react to an anonymous letter also sent to the Ontario Securities Commission, presumably from a shorter of the company's stock that alleges a “potential $1.3 billion accounting fraud” at the company. The firm with projects in China and Canada closed down just shy of 10% after five times the usual number of shares changed hands. It had lost as much as 14% of its value earlier in the day after the company also said someone had built up a short position of some 23 million shares over the last two months. The Vancouver company has 175 million shares outstanding and is worth $1.3 billion. Silvercorp is the latest in a string of Canadian companies with Chinese backing and operations being accused of fraud.
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The Quebec Mineral Exploration Association asked the Quebec government for rules that will simplify mineral development and exploration. A mining bill, which the association has criticized, is working its way through the provincial legislature. The association says that sections of the bill could lead to industry losses of $1 billion in mineral exploration investments. The association is mainly concerned with some jurisdiction for mining and exploration remaining at the local level. Instead, the association would like to see clear rules across the province for assessing development.
Sandstorm Gold announces US$6 million payment to Metanor Resources and provides update on the Bachelor Lake project
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2011) - Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (TSX VENTURE:SSL) has remitted the US$6 million final payment to Metanor Resources Inc. ("Metanor") (TSX VENTURE:MTO) in accordance with the gold purchase agreement announced January 17, 2011. Under the terms of the agreement, Sandstorm is entitled to purchase 20% of the life of mine gold produced from the Bachelor Lake project ("Bachelor Lake") at a per ounce price equal to the lesser of US$500 and the then prevailing market price of gold.
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/02/11 -- High River Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: HRG) ("High River" or the "Company") was informed that the Arbitration Court of the City of Moscow terminated the official bankruptcy proceedings for Prognoz Silver LLC ("Prognoz Silver") in connection with the application of Prognoz Silver claiming that the criteria of bankruptcy are no longer in place. As previously disclosed, the application to put Prognoz Silver into bankruptcy was initially filed by Prognoz Silver itself. High River holds a 50% indirect interest in Prognoz Silver, which operates the Prognoz silver project in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia.
Hathor is considering Cameco's hostile, all-cash bid in consultation with its legal and financial advisors and will respond within two weeks. TORONTO (Reuters) - Hathor Exploration , the target of a hostile bid from Canada's top uranium miner, Cameco
Titan Iron Ore Corp. ("Titan", "we", the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has begun a geological reconnaissance survey of its Titan Trough project in northern Quebec, Canada. This property currently consists of two claim blocks consisting of 202 claims totalling approximately 22,000 acres.
CanadaViews reports Saskatchewan NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter announced Thursday an NDP government would create the Bright Futures Fund, modelled on oil and gas revenue funds in Alaska and Norway. The fund will dedicate a portion of Saskatchewans non-renewable resource royalties to invest for the future. This fund would be independently managed, and the government would not be allowed to withdraw money to cover short-term deficits and day-to-day spending. Lingenfelter said that the Sask Party has seen over $10 billion dollars in non-renewable resource revenue flow through their hands and spent on one-time projects or to cover budget deficits.
Alberta Oil Magazine takes an in-depth look at infrastructure challenges that persist for Fort McMurray, the centre of Canada's oil sands industry, in the middle of a global bonanza.
Cameco inks agreement with Kazatomprom to increase uranium production at Inkai by 1.3 million pounds
Cameco (NYSE:CCJ) announced on Wednesday that it signed signed a memorandum of agreement with its partner, Kazatomprom, to increase annual uranium production at the Joint Venture Inkai Limited Liability Partnership (JVI) from 3.9 million pounds to 5.2 million pounds. The Inkai in-situ recovery uranium mine and processing plant is located in central Kazakhstan and is operated by JVI, 60% owned by Cameco and 40% owned by Kazatomprom, the Kazakhstan government owned national atomic company. Under the memorandum of agreement, Cameco's share of Inkai's annual production will be 2.9 million pounds with the processing plant at full capacity.
VAL-D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - Cartier Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ECR) ("Cartier") is pleased to announce that additional results from channel samples returned 1.5 % copper and 100 g/t silver over 19 meters and 629 g/t silver, 1.2 % copper and 1.4 g/t gold over 2 meters within a broader interval grading 1.0 % copper and 80 g/t silver over 32 meters on the Cadillac Extension project located 115 kilometers east of Val-d'Or in the province of Quebec. Other results returned 2.7 % copper, 1.1 % zinc and 67 g/t silver over 3 meters within a wider interval grading 0.7 % copper and 27 g/t silver over 20 meters. One section returned 6.6 g/t gold and 237 g/t silver over 1 meter. These are the latest results from trenching conducted on the Langlade polymetalic zone, 45 samples are pending for final results.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - Goldstrike Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GSR)(PINK SHEETS:ADRAF)(FRANKFURT:KCG1) is pleased to report that initial rock samples from outcrop have returned up to 4.003 grams per tonne gold on its road-accessible OLIVER property located in the Yukon's 7.6 million ounce Red Mountain-Dublin Gulch Gold District. This rock sample was also strongly anomalous in numerous other elements, including 6,560 ppm Cu, 1,247 ppm Pb, 1,744 ppm Zn, >100 ppm Ag, 102.1 ppm Ni, >2,000 ppm Co, >10,000 ppm As, 35.7 ppm Cd, 86.9 ppm Sb, >2,000 ppm Bi, >100 ppm Se, and >100 ppm W. The sample shows a strong intrusive signature and was taken in an area where a high-level stock of Cretaceous granite has formed tourmaline-matrix breccias, veins, and skarns in Hyland Group metasedimentary rocks.
Osisko Mining has signed an agreement with a state government in Argentina for joint development of the Famatima gold property, located in La Rioja province, The Montreal Gazette reported:
Al Gore's latest blog entry reads: The leaders of the top environmental groups in the country, the Republican Governor of Nebraska, and millions of people around the country – including hundreds of people who have bravely participated in civil disobedience at the White House – all agree on one thing: President Obama should block a planned pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. The tar sands are the dirtiest source of fuel on the planet...
The rapid growth of Canadas oil sands is expected to dramatically increase its consumption of natural gas over the coming decade, a prospect that stands to help Albertas gas industry but raise the countrys emissions.
Upon returning from my latest site visit and video shoot detailing a partnership for potash in Saskatchewan between Encanto Potash [EPO – TSX.V] and the Muskowekwan First Nation (MFN), I was pleased to see that the relationship was healthy and the company is poised to make the gains I’d read about before the trip. Click on the headline to view the rest of the article and a video by ProspectingTV, featuring interviews with EPO President and CEO Jim Walchuck and the MFN's Chief Reginald Bellerose.
Quebec minnow Century Iron Mines (CVE:FER) said Wednesday that China's Wuhan Iron and Steel (WISCO) will invest $120 million over two years in three joint ventures to explore and develop the company’s Duncan Lake, Attikamagen and Sunny Lake projects in Quebec. The joint venture agreement was signed on Tuesday in Beijing with the premier of Quebec in attendance. Century Iron hardly trades but on Wednesday the company enjoyed a tenfold increase in volumes on the Toronto exchange with 44,000 shares exchanging hands. It ended the day flat at $2.60 with a market value of less than $1 million.
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2011) - North American Energy Partners Inc. ("NAEP" or "the Company") (TSX:NOA) (NYSE:NOA) today announced it has been awarded a $127 million heavy civil construction contract with Fluor Canada Limited at Syncrude Canada Ltd's (Syncrude) Base Mine and provided an update on the progress of discussions with Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural).
Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS)(AIM:NUS) is to raise approximately US$100 million (C$98.1 million*) through a private placement of common shares to fund the development of its first project, Solwara 1, in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea. The placing will involve the issue of approximately 39 million shares to a number of investors at a price of CAD$2.52 (US$2.58) per share. Nautilus President and CEO Steve Rogers said the private placement would provide funds for the construction of the seafloor resource production system, which initially will be deployed at Solwara 1 – the company's first deepwater copper and gold project.
Grizzly Provides Update on Greenwood Gold Project and Prepares to Drill New Targets With Anomalous Gold-In-Soils
Grizzly Discoveries Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GZD) (OTCQX:GZDIF) (FRANKFURT:G6H) ("Grizzly" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following update on its 2011 exploration program at its 100% owned Greenwood Gold Project, a 225,000 acre contiguous block of mineral claims centered on Greenwood, British Columbia.
Silvercorp Metals Inc., a Vancouver-based mining company, said Wednesday it purchased 2,027,167 of its common shares at an average price of $8.112 (Canadian).
Silver Spruce reports continued significant REE results Pope's Hill MP trend, Trans Labrador Highway, NL
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Silver Spruce Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SSE)(FRANKFURT;S6Q) - Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is pleased to announce continued significant results from prospecting on the road accessible Pope's Hill (PH) rare earth element (REE) property, along the paved Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) approximately 100 km to the west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay in south central Labrador. Results were previously released on July 21 and August 9, 2011. A total of 153 samples have been submitted for analyses from the 100% owned PH property including 17 from regional exploration. Results are reported for the 136 samples along the MP trend on the original PH property. The regional results remain pending.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko")(TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar Financial ("Cat Financial") to increase its equipment leasing facility by US $56.3 million. The facility will be used to acquire additional mobile mining equipment fleet to develop the Canadian Malartic Mine and the Barnat gold deposit.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - BCGold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BCG)(PINK SHEETS:BCGOF) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of its private placement previously announced on July 11, 2011. The Company has raised $1,472,440 through the issuance of 2,660,000 of non-flow through units (the "NFT Units") at a price of $0.10 per NFT Unit and 10,053,663 flow through units (the "FT Units") at a price of $0.12 per FT Unit.
Fjordland Options Dillard Gold and Copper Property, Between Copper Mountain Mine and Elk Gold Mine, Southern British Columbia
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Fjordland Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FEX) has signed a Letter of Intent with private vendors for the 2,200-hectare Dillard Property, located in southern British Columbia. The option agreement to purchase a 100% interest covers prospective ground straddling newly discovered porphyry copper showings and high-grade gold quartz vein targets. The road-accessible Dillard Property is located approximately 35 kilometres north of Princeton, where Copper Mountain Mining Corp. recently put the Copper Mountain (Similco) copper-gold-silver mine back into production