Canada Mining News

Kimber intercepts 4.5 metres of 26.6 g/t gold below the Carmen gold-silver mineral resource at the Monterde Project

Intersection provides further evidence of high grade zone below existing mineral resources

Teck Reports unaudited third quarter results for 2011

3Q Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

Teck announces 33% dividend increase

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that it will pay an eligible dividend of $0.40 per share on its outstanding Class A common shares and Class B subordinate voting shares on January 3, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2011. This represents a 33 percent increase from the previous dividend.

Obama puts off Keystone decision. Quelle surprise.

The US state department's anonymous leak to the media on Tuesday lowering expectations about a decision on Keystone this year should not come as a surprise to anyone following Barack Obama's poll numbers or the increasing bitterness on the left about his perceived closeness to industry.

Saskatchewan politicians square off over potash royalties

Potash royalties took centre stage yesterday night in a lively debate between Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Dwain Lingenfelter, the leader of the province's NDP. Saskatchewan is in the midst of an election campaign with voters going to the polls on November 7. Lingenfelter went on the offensive, attacking the potash industry for what he says are unfair royalties. The NDP would tax an extra five cents of every dollar of potash sales, and use up to $700 million in extra potash revenues to fund their platform. "That's our strategy. To move (the royalty) from a nickel on the dollar, do the review and get at least 10 cents on the dollar. I don't think that's asking too much," " said Lingenfelter.

State dept official: we probably won't make Keystone decision this year

On top of a 3.3% decline in US crude oil prices on Wednesday comes news from Reuters that a US State Department official said the year-end target to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline could well be missed. It would be the second time a decision has been pushed out. A surge in inventories at the Cushing hub in the Midwest, the pricing point for US crude was behind the fall and a further delay to Keystone, designed to carry Canadian crude to Texas refineries and relieve the Cushing glut, will hit oil sands producers particularly hard. Canada's heavy oil already sells at almost a $30 discount to the international price.

Claude Resources sweetens bid for St. Eugene Mining

Gold-producer Claude Resources (TSX: CRJ; NYSE: CGR) sweetened its bid for St. Eugene Mining (TSX-V: SEM) in a now friendly all-share takeover offer.

Zarn Lake drill results do wonders for Hudson River

Shares in micro-cap Hudson River Minerals Ltd. (Public, CVE:HRM) jumped 18.2% on the Toronto venture market on Wednesday after the company announced drill results from its Zarn Lake gold property in northwest Ontario. The company found anomalous gold in all 16 holes and most intersections were within 50m of the surface.

Investors applaud Sherritt's pace building world's biggest nickel mine, stock jumps 10%

Canada's number one coal producer and world-leading nickel miner, Sherritt jumped 10.2% on Wednesday after reporting a doubling of quarterly net earnings and good progress at its massive Ambatovy project in Madagascar. Sherritt will start production at Ambatovy in the first quarter of next year. The company has already spent more than 90% of the planned $5.5 billion to build what will be the world's biggest nickel mine with the capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of nickel and 5,600 of cobalt a year. Sherritt and its Asian partners have made the largest investment in the island's history and will make nickel the country's number one export for the next 27 years.

Bralorne intersects 23.35 ounces gold per ton over 3.1 feet

Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. (BPM: TSX.V)("Bralorne")is pleased to provide the following update of activities at its Bralorne mine operation located near Gold Bridge, British Columbia.

AuRico Gold completes acquisition of Northgate Minerals Corporation

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX:AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ) ("AuRico") is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Northgate Minerals Corporation (TSX:NGX) (NYSE-Amex: NXG) ("Northgate"). With the completion of this strategic acquisition, AuRico is now positioned as a new leading intermediate gold producer with five operating mines and Young-Davidson targeting production at the end of Q1 2012. Ocampo and Young-Davidson alone have the potential to produce over 500,000 gold equivalent ounces at lowest quartile cash costs. With a strong balance sheet and a robust and growing cash flow profile, the new company is led by an experienced management team with a proven track record of creating value in the industry.

Advanced Explorations Inc. reports 63.85% iron discovery at Tuktu project

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - Advanced Explorations Inc. (the "Company" or "AEI") (TSX VENTURE:AXI)(FRANKFURT:AE6) today announces the first set of assay results from the 2011 geophysical prospecting program at the Tuktu...

Aecon Mining awarded $80 million contract at potash mine

Toronto, ON – October 26, 2011: Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today that its Mining Division has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $80 million for work at a new potash mine, located approximately 140 kilometres east of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under the unit price contract, Aecon Mining will conduct site preparation and early works, including site grading, construction of temporary roads, preparation of sediment ponds, and layouts for the camp. Work at the site has begun and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012. “This contract represents an important step forward for Aecon Mining, expanding its client base and its reach in Western Canada’s resource sector,” said Teri McKibbon, Aecon’s Chief Operating Officer. “The potash industry in Saskatchewan is undergoing significant growth, and Aecon is strategically positioned to play a role in many aspects of that growth.”

British Columbia's exploration expenditures increased twenty fold since 2001

In the last decade spending on exploration in British Columbia has increased 20 fold. It was another bright spot for British Columbia's mining sector, as covered in PricewaterhouseCoopers' industry survey. "The estimated total economic output, value added GDP employment generated from exploration and development activities are $352 million, $168 million and 3,017 jobs respectively," wrote the survey authors.

Canadian iron ore project advancing

An iron ore project in northeastern Canada whose proponent is calling "the next Consolidated Thompson," has taken an important step forward. Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSE:ADV) announced today it has begun filing material to start the federal and provincial environmental assessment process. The application would allow Alderon to double future annual production at its Kami Project in Quebec-Labrador to 16 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate annually.

Mining in British Columbia contributes $8.9 billion to the economy

According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), direct mining expenditures in British Columbia mining crested $5.2 billion in 2010. An additional $3.7 billion was spent in secondary and support industries and services resulting in a total of $8.9 billion of economic activity across British Columbia. The Economic Impact Analysis report commissioned by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) and compiled by PwC measures direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of mining in terms of output, Gross Domestic Product, employment and government tax revenues.

No news is good news for Western Potash – jumps 18% and no-one knows why

Stock boards were buzzing on Tuesday as traders tried to figure out why Western Potash Corp. was soaring 18.2% without any news about the $200 million firm that would drive the share higher. Despite having nothing to go on, speculators had swapped 2.3m shares by 3pm in Toronto, 1.5 times usual volumes. The junior player in Saskatchewan’s potash industry is in the pre-feasability stage of its 940 million tonne Milestone Project, but some doubt if WPX would be able to muster the finances and logistics to go up against the giants operating in the province.

Nebraska trying to change Keystone pipeline route

Facing strong resistance from local constituencies, Nebraska governor Dave Heineman says he'll meet with state lawmakers to consider challenging the proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline, CBC reports: Pipeline opponents, including a coalition of environmentalists, ranchers and landowners, sought the special session to consider a proposal that would have given the state control over the pipe's route. Lawmakers, however, said last week that the measure wouldn't likely survive a court challenge. The issue is expected to be addressed during the special session beginning Nov. 1.

Canadian uranium juniors with US properties to merge

Vancouver-based Titanium Uranium Inc. (CVE:TUE) and Toronto-based Energy Fuels (TSE:EFR) announced merger plans on Tuesday. Under the deal, outlined in a letter of intent, Energy Fuels will acquire all of Titan's outstanding common shares. Upon completion, Titan shareholders will own approximately 42% of EFR's issued and outstanding common shares.

Taku Samples Up to 2.6gpt Gold in Soil on Montana Property in Yukon

Taku Gold Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TAK) is pleased to announce follow-up deep auger-type, soil geochemical survey results completed over the 292-claim (6,065 hectare) Montana property in mid-August 2011. The Montana property is located approximately 55km south of Dawson City in the Klondike gold camp of Yukon.

Move to Saskatchewan if you want a raise

Despite global economic uncertainty, resource-rich Saskatchewan should offer significant salary gains for its workers in 2012, seeing an average 3.9% increase in wages. The Conference Board of Canada's compensation outlook was released on Tuesday. Saskatchewan is the world's largest exporter of potash and uranium. It also has a significant oil and gas sector. Saskatchewan leads all provinces in wage increases, followed by Alberta at 3.6 per cent.

Passport Potash signs LOI to acquire 50% ownership interest in HNZ Potash, LLC

Passport Potash, Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PPI)(OTCQX:PPRTF) has signed a letter of intent to enter into binding agreements under which NZ Potash, LLC will sell to Passport its 50% ownership interest in HNZ Potash, LLC. Passport and HNZ Potash will strive to jointly develop their combined potash properties in the Holbrook Basin. When combined the properties will contain over 200,000 acres of mineral rights and will cover over 300 square miles. Following the release of Passport's NI 43-101 from SRK containing an exploration potential, the Company intends to jointly prepare an NI 43-101 resource report with HNZ Potash. Exploration activities of the combined companies that have been completed to date consist of over 50 drilled wells and over 100 lines miles of 2D seismic.

Au no! Viper's verification sampling finds no gold, angry investors bite back

In an object lesson on the fickle nature of junior explorer investment, dismayed investors took a huge chunk out of Viper Gold's stock on the Toronto Venture Exchange after trade resumed Monday afternoon. Viper lost 18% of its value to trade at 13c after it reported results for the verification sampling at its Campbell Lake property showed none of the high grade gold values – up to 10 grams a tonne – announced a fortnight ago. The initial grades sent the shares of the tiny Ontario explorer soaring to almost double of what it is worth now. The company said it is investigating the huge discrepancies after weakly anomalous values were found in 5 samples and the remaining 12 were "below detection level." Viper, which is also looking for gold in Peru, hit a high of 47c early this year.

Cascadero Copper Corporation Options Powerline Gold Prospect Sudbury, Ontario

Cascadero Copper Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CCD) has entered into an Option Agreement that enables it to earn a 100% interest in the Powerline gold prospect (the "Property") in Street and Scadding Townships in the Sudbury Mining District, Ontario. The Property consists of 31 contiguous units in four claims blocks. The agreement provides for cash, shares and an exploration commitment over a four-year term. The Property is subject to a 3% net smelter return royalty (the "NSR"), 50% of which can be purchased for cash.

Portage & Cliffs JV to Resume Drilling at Golden Ridge Deposit, New Brunswick

ST ANDREWS, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2011) - Portage Minerals Inc. ("Portage") (CNSX:RKX), today announced on behalf of the joint venture with Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc. (f/k/a Freewest Resources Canada Inc.) ("Cliffs"), a w...