environmental Mining News

Study finds little environmental impact from oil sands

In 2010, a single oil-sands operation run by Suncor Energy released into the atmosphere 28,940 tonnes of volatile organic compounds, 22,210 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and 14,011 tonnes of particulate matter.


AMEC announced today that it has agreed to buy MACTEC, a leading US engineering and environmental services company, from its private equity and other individual shareholders for a cash consideration of US$280 million. Completion is subject to regulatory approval and is expected by the end of June 2011. Read more

Sandvik Unveils New Track-Mounted Impactor – the QI440 in Action

The QI440 is the latest crushing development from Sandvik that combines expertise in the design of track-mounted mobile crushers, with Sandvik’s proven ability to manufacture durable and highly productive impact crushers.

Doe Run showcases new lead processing technology

Environmental impact is one of the most immediate challenges facing the global lead industry, said Jerry Pyatt, COO of The Doe Run Co., at the Lead-Zinc 2010 Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this month. […]

The surface crawler drill of the future – in Shanghai

Atlas Copco’s futuristic vision of a surface drill crawler has been revealed to the world at Shanghai World Expo. The model on display shows a rig that offers greatly increased productivity, high mobility, silenced operation […]

New drilling system uses 60% less water 
than existing systems – manufacturer

Water hydraulic drilling systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower has developed an environment-friendly drilling technology that could save mining companies significant capital and operational costs, while also reducing the industry’s environmental effect. Read more

Caterpillar receives EPA TIER 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB engine certification for non-road

Caterpillar’s new C9.3 ACERTTM engine features integrated design and provides improved fuel efficiency and productivity for next generation machines. It has received the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 emissions certification and European Union (EU) emissions type approval. The C9.3 ACERT is the first Caterpillar non-road engine to receive emissions certification in the 130-560 kW [...]

MEGTEC to Build World’s Largest Coal Mine Ventilation Methane Emissions Abatement System in China

MEGTEC Systems today announced that its China subsidiary has been contracted to build the largest plant in the world to capture and eliminate ventilation air methane (VAM) from the Datong coal mine in China’s Chongqing […]

Cyanide ban threatens European gold mines

On May 5, 2010, the European Union Parliament approved a resolution which calls on the Commission to initiate a complete ban on the use of cyanide mining technologies in the European Union by the end of 2011. Endomines says “the resolution was based on erroneous information about the usage of cyanide in the mining industry. [...]

Rio Tinto expands Mine of the Future programme

Rio Tinto is expanding its Mine of the Future™ programme to develop new equipment and systems for deep underground mines and has selected three partners to work on the project. Aker Wirth and Atlas Copco […]

ABB commissions world’s largest high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) drive system

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group has successfully commissioned the world’s largest high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) drive system for the Boddington Gold Mine Expansion project in western Australia.Newmont Mining Corp., America’s biggest […]

FLSmidth to supply filters for Rosemont Copper Project in USA

FLSmidth has received an order worth approximately USD 31m from Rosemont Copper Company for the supply of 14 filter presses. These minerals-type automated filter presses will be the largest in the world and will be […]

Boart Longyear Launches New Flyable Rig

SALT LAKE CITY — April 12, 2010 — Boart Longyear® Limited (ASX:BLY), the world’s leading integrated drilling services and products provider, released the new flyable SC11 rig, the only compact and modular rig in its […]

Meet BRaDD: Here to Tackle the Challenge of Bauxite Residue

An on-line database developed by a Parker Centre/CSIRO Light Metals Flagship research team has for the first time provided industry, government, researchers and environmental groups with a one-stop, searchable resource containing all public information on […]

CANADIAN MINING PERSPECTIVE: Flathead moratorium huge win for BC, Montana environmentalists

There will be no development of mining, coal, oil or gas properties in the Flathead Valley, said the British C... [Full Story]

Improving mine camp sustainability: all part of the licence to operate

For mining companies, a long-term licence to operate depends on a capacity to renew existing commitments while seeking new solutions to environmental concerns.Sustainability best practice recognises the need to reduce a site’s ecological footprint, so it is logical to include any mine camp in this equation. Many companies have been embedding sustainability principles into mine camp [...]

Aussie technology to reduce brake dust emissions

PERTH-headquartered brake system developer and manufacturer, Advanced Braking Technology has released details of a UK Government environmental study identifying technologies that represented the "most promising abatement measures for the most polluting sectors"…….More at Mine Vehicles

Codelco and Rio look for better technologies to mine and refine copper

Rio Tinto and Codelco have entered into the Río de Cobre (River of Copper) technology alliance agreement.  This new alliance allows both companies to jointly pursue next generation copper mining and processing technology development.  The aim is to deliver safer, more energy efficient and lower cost of production from both current and next generation open-pit [...]

Cleantech 10™ list pinpoints the top publicly traded Cleantech companies in Canada

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (November 9, 2009) Carmanah Technologies (TSX: CMH) has been named one of Canada's top green technology companies on Corporate Knights Cleantech 10TM list, published at the end of October. Now celebrating […]

Seniors walk 25 miles to fight mountaintop mining

Nine environmental activists over age 55 are starting a 5-day, 25-mile march to protest mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia.

World’s Biggest Open Pit Operation Could be a Reality

BHP has issued the long awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Olympic Dam project in South Australia. Industry experts have guessed the proposed expansion could cost between AU$10 and 15 billion.

New PAT-7200 water proof pH/mV/conductivity/TDS/Salt/Temp pen tester from Pacific Sensor Technologies

of the most common parameter measured and tested in a variety of industries ranging from water and wastewater treatment, mining and mineral processing, environmental monitoring, chemical production, agriculture research and chemical production,

Quimsacocha Gold Mine Development

The property consists of four mining concessions covering an aggregate area of approximately 12,967 ha and is located in southern Ecuador, 30 km SW of the city of Cuenca at an elevation of 3,600 m. […]

Rock Mechanics Technology joins Golder Associates

Environmental and ground engineering consultancy Golder Associates (UK) has acquired 100% share equity of Rock Mechanics Technology (RMT). Based in Bretby, Derbyshire, UK, RMT is a highly qualified and experienced team of internationally renowned rock mechanics and geotechnical specialists providing consultancy services to the mining and civil engineering industries. The acquisition of this rock and [...]

SGS acquires Canadian Environmental & Metallurgical Inc. (CEMI) to enhance dedication to environmental sustainability

April 30th 2008/Geneva and Vancouver.  SGS is pleased to announce the strategic acquisition of Canadian Environmental and Metallurgical Inc. (CEMI), a Canadian company with its head office in Vancouver, British Columbia. In business for over […]