Mining Technology News

UNESCO asks Canada to check impact of oil sands projects on national park

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 1, 2015
UNESCO asks Canada to check impact of oil sands projects on national park

The move comes in response to a petition filed by Fort Chipewyan’s Mikisew Cree First Nation last month, asking for help protecting the park.

US Gov’t offers $20 million to projects aimed at recovering rare earths from coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 1, 2015
US Gov’t offers $20 million to projects aimed at recovering rare earths from coal

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been investigating the economic feasibility of recovering the coveted elements from coal.

Over 12,000 children rescued from illegal gold mines in Tanzania

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2015
Over 12,000 child workers rescued from illegal gold mines in Tanzania

The country bans child labour in mines, but critics say the government has not done enough to stop illegal operations from exploiting minors.

BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 25, 2015
BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

The cuts at the Adelaide support office for the Olympic Dam operations come about six months after BHP scrapped about 90 permanent positions and 210 contractor jobs.

Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2015
Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

A rights group estimates that thousands of children as young as nine are working in the country's gold mines, violating international and local laws, as well as risking their lives.

World Coal Association urges G7 leaders to invest more in cleaner technologies

MINING.com Editor | June 10, 2015
World Coal Association urges G7 leaders to invest more in cleaner technologies

The industry body said that instead of fighting fossil fuels, industrialized nations should try to make them cleaner.

INFOGRAPHIC: Lunar gold rush — How moon mining could work

911Metallurgist | May 28, 2015

Across history, human development has relied upon the finite resources available on Earth. But the moon – a seemingly barren rock – may actually be a treasure trove of rare resources vital to Earth’s future.

US Congress passes bill on space mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US Congress passes bill on space mining

Welcome to the future.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 15, 2015
Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

The U.S. largest electrical utility, has pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers with coal ash.

Mount Polley mining disaster caused major changes to ecosystem — study

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 6, 2015
Mount Polley mining disaster cause major changes to ecosystem — study

It also says it is still too early to determine long-term impacts on fish and drinking water.

This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 4, 2015
This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

American geophysicist and Fulbright scholar, Stephen Haggerty, has found a new prickly, palm-like plant that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipes.

Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 28, 2015
Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

The company, dealing with aging mines, has been leaning on a wide range of new technologies to reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.

This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 10, 2015
This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

MINING.com visited Chile’s El Teniente mine, the world's largest underground copper operation and the sixth biggest copper mine by reserve size.

BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 30, 2015
BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

The decision caps off a dreadful month for South Australia’s mining sector.

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 29, 2015
Here is why metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.

China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 21, 2015
China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

New evidence has emerged of China's interest in digging for oil, gas a minerals in the frozen continent.

Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 19, 2015
Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Japanese scientists have developed a process that uses salmon sperm to mine and reprocess rare earth elements (REEs).

Innovative tech could improve hunt for gold; Nexus Gold deploys new technology at Walker Ridge

Nexus Gold Corp. | January 13, 2015

A recent innovation in geosurvey methods could help slash costs and risks for mineral exploration projects.

Chile mulls making water desalination mandatory for miners

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 9, 2015
Chile mulls making water desalination mandatory for miners

The measure would only be imposed to miners that consume more than 150 liters (40 gallons) of water per second.

Scientists test algae to harvest precious metals and biofuel from mining sludge

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 29, 2014
Scientists test algae to harvest precious metals and biofuel from mining sludge

If successful the technology could be used to treat many forms of environmental pollution.

Minnesota dumps potash into lake to kill zebra mussels

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
Minnesota dumps potash into lake to kill zebra mussels

Zebra mussels reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain, clog water pipes and create algae.

German scientist makes diamonds from peanut butter

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 17, 2014
German scientist makes diamonds from peanut butter

It’s probably one of the first cases ever reported where the tasty spread has been used to produce synthetic gems.

BHP, Rio Tinto call for global deal to push clean coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 13, 2014
BHP, Rio Tinto call for global deal to push clean coal

Their plea comes amid fears a climate change deal reached Wednesday between the U.S. and China could hurt coal miners in Australia.

Huge unknown mammal tracks found in African diamond mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 5, 2014
Huge unknown mammal tracks found in African diamond mine

Researchers also found evidence of dinosaurs and large crocodiles dating to 118 million years ago.

BHP’s Olympic dam expansion off agenda until prices improve

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 31, 2014
BHP’s Olympic dam expansion off agenda until prices improve

The miner blamed low metals prices and productivity inefficiencies for the decision.

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Russia is seriously advancing plans to mine the moon

The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.

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