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Vale receives authorization for Salobo copper project

Vale announced that it had received an operating license from IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental and renewable resources council, for its Salobo copper mine in Pará.

Baja Mining granted further standstill extension by lenders

Vancouver-based Baja Mining Corp. (TSX: BAJ) announced this morning that it has landed two extensions of a standstill agreement with lenders to its Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo S.A. de C.V. subsidiary.

Output up 72.4% at Chile’s Escondida copper mine

Production at Chile's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, was up 72.4% in the third quarter compared with the same period of 2011, said Wednesday the country’s copper commission, Cochilco.

Colombia to punish illegal mining

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos presented Friday a package of measures, including a proposed bill before congress, aimed to making illegal mining a crime punished by the country’s Penal Code.

Inmet Mining's profit jumps 19%, beats expectations

Canada's Inmet Mining Corp (TSX:IMN) posted a 19% rise in third-quarter profit, as copper production and prices improved.

Why are Petaquilla Minerals and Inmet Mining fighting in Panama?

Canadian miners Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) and Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) have been on the news in recent weeks as the companies locked horns over land rights near the Cobre Panama copper project, run by Inmet’s subsidiary Minera Panama.

TransCanada to build $1 billion pipeline in Mexico while being audited by Canadian regulators

TransCanada Corp. (TSX,NYSE:TRP) will invest about $1 billion in a new natural gas pipeline in Mexico after being granted a permit to contract to build, own and operate the duct by the country's federal power company, the Comision Federal de Electricidad or CFE.

Pascua-Lama costs and challenges take shine off Barrick Gold earnings

Cost burdens continue to upset Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE, TSX: ABX), as the globe's top gold miner hiked Thursday its cash cost guidance for 2012 and warned that costs at its massive Pascua-Lama project will be almost three times more than the $3 billion announced in 2009.

BHP introduces robot fleet in Pilbara

BHP will in time set up similar facilities for its Queensland coal mines and at its Escondida copper mine in Chile.

Petaquilla rejects Inmet’s final takeover bid

Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) has rejected as inadequate an unsolicited, the latest takeover bid by Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) presented Friday, which was 25% cent higher than the $112-million Inmet originally offered.

New Bolivian law poses serious challenges for mining companies

Bolivia has passed this month the world's first ruling that grants all nature equal rights to humans. The “Law of Mother Earth,” agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the South American nation's mineral deposits as "blessings" and is supposed to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

Work stoppage ends at Glencore's Colombian coal mine

Anglo American's Q3 met coal output surges 12%, thermal coal dips 15%

Inmet sweetens bid for gold miner Petaquilla by 25%

Canadian gold miner Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) confirmed late Thursday it is studying an upgraded and final takeover offer by Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN), which is now offering about 25% more than $112-million it previously proposed.

Xstrata’s Dominican nickel project in UN’s hands

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative, Valerie Julliand, announced Tuesday the body has agreed to the Dominican Republic’s government's request to review Xstrata Nickel’s environmental impact study for the Loma Miranda project, located in the country’s central region.

Minera IRL’s Don Nicolas gold mine in Argentina gets green light

Minera IRL (LON:IRL) confirmed Wednesday the approval of the environmental impact assessment and the granting of a development permit for the Don Nicolas gold project in Santa Cruz, Argentina.

U3O8 Corp. Further Optimizes Metallurgical Process on the Berlin Project, Colombia

Canada's U3O8 had optimized the metallurgical process at its Berlin uranium project, in Colombia, and found that by adding an acetic-acid (vinegar) leach step to the process by which the uranium, phosphate, vanadium, rare earths and other metals would be extracted, resulted in a 50% reduction in acid consumption, among other benefits.

SilverCrest announces Q3 production 151,368 ounces silver & 7,184 ounces gold

Third quarter production highlights: silver produced oz 151,368; 42% increase over Q3 2011, gold produced oz 7,184; 18% decrease over Q3 2011

Canadian gold miner Petaquilla rejects Inmet’s $112 million bid

Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX:PTQ) has rejected as inadequate an unsolicited, a $112-million takeover bid for the company by Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN), which operates a gold mine adjacent to Petaquilla’s Molejon project in Panama.

Global consulting firm The Highland Group opens Americas Mining practice

The Highland Group, a leading global business consulting firm, today announced the formal establishment of its Americas Mining Practice.

Vale seeks $500 million IADB financing for potash project

Brazilian giant miner Vale (NYSE: VALE) is about to close a $500 million loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for its Rio Colorado potash project in Mendoza, Argentina.

Vale kicks off copper production at Zambia mine

Brazil's Vale (NYSE:VALE) announced it has started producing copper concentrate at its Lubambe mine in Zambia.

World's biggest copper mine to make inroads underground

The Chuquicamata mine in Chile - the world's largest open cut copper mine, will commence underground operations after nearly a century of open-cut production.

Osisko reaches record Q3 gold production

Canadian gold miner Osisko (TSX:OSK)(EWX.F) achieved record third-quarter gold production at 103,753 oz. from its Malartic mine, in Quebec – a quarter-on-quarter increase of 12.77%.