Mining Technology News

US company to begin recovering rare earths from old electronics

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2015
US company to begin recovering rare earths from old electronics

U.S. Rare Earths Inc. will apply a new method that assists in the recycling, recovery and extraction process of the coveted elemenst, used as ingredients in magnets, batteries, catalytic converters and high-tech products

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EPA under fire for failing to comply with mine spill probe

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2015
EPA under fire for failing to comply with mine spill probe

The Congress-led investigation aims to determine the agency’s role in triggering a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado’s Animas River on Aug. 5.

Gold Fields offers $10k for new algorithm to classify gold ore

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 25, 2015
Gold Fields offers $10k for new algorithm to classify gold ore

The goal is to develop an image algorithm that can classify material in a gold mine as high, medium or low grade ore, or waste.

Canadian oil sands producer ready to begin digging pits in the US

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 21, 2015
Canada-owned oil sands producer ready to begin digging pits in the US

Beginning this fall, the company will start digging the first in a series of pits, each the size of a football stadium, in Utah, about 265km (165 miles) from Salt Lake City.

Small, ancient diamonds reveal seawater key for precious gems formation

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 21, 2015
Small, ancient diamonds reveal seawater key for precious gems formation

Scientists from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K believe ancient sea water helped to the formation of diamonds hundreds of kilometres underground.

Deep sea mining: a potential source of renewable resources?

Michael Saunders | August 14, 2015
Deep sea mining: a potential source of renewable resources?

Not metaphorically, but literally – the deep sea is a gold mine, and that is just scratching the surface.

World Coal Association calls for governments worldwide to support all low emission technologies equally

World Coal Association | August 13, 2015
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The World Coal Association (WCA) has today called for governments worldwide to show a genuine commitment to widening the deployment of all low emission technologies, in order to meet global energy needs and make significant cuts in CO2 emissions.

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Canada’s Nova Scotia pulls plug on renewable energy plan

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 10, 2015
Canada’s Nova Scotia pulls plug on renewable energy plan

The Atlantic province has ended a program that guaranteed small-scale energy producers a sustainable fee for their electricity, and gave citizens an incentive to use renewable energy.

EPA-triggered mine spill in Colorado triples in volume

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 10, 2015
EPA-triggered mine spill ion Colorado triples in volume

About 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, triple previous estimates, have poured from an old Colorado gold mine into local streams since Wednesday last week.

BHP Billiton axing other 380 jobs at its Olympic Dam

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 9, 2015
BHP Billiton axing 380 jobs at its Olympic Dam

The cuts represent 14% of what was once a 4,300 workforce.

EPA’s blows it — causes massive mine wastewater spill at Colorado rivers

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 8, 2015
EPA’s blows it — causes massive mine wastewater spill at Colorado rivers

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was investigating pollutants at an old gold mine, it accidentally released an estimated one million gallons of mining waste into a creek.

NCPA publishes U.S. map of successful anti-fracking campaigns

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Research shows campaigns to ban fracking are widespread.

Catastrophic mine waste spills increasing in frequency, severity and cost world-wide

EarthWorks | July 29, 2015

On 1st anniversary of North America’s worst mine waste disaster, failures shown to be global trend attributable to industry & regulatory failure to implement best practices.

Economic slump, not drop in coal use, responsible for U.S. carbon emissions fall

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 22, 2015
Economic slump, not drop in coal use, responsible for U.S. carbon emissions fall

Findings of a new research show the 11% fall in carbon emissions between 2007 and 2013 was caused mainly by depressed market conditions.

Saxony develops new resource technologies for Rare Earth Elements

G.U.B. Ingenieur AG | July 21, 2015

Scientists and engineers develop innovative technologies for enhanced resource efficiency of critical technology metals.

Canadian provinces to cut fuel use, boost tidal energy

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 21, 2015
Canadian provinces to cut fuel use, boost tidal energy

The deals represent two ground-breaking initiatives to make Canada’s mining industry more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

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Nexen’s oil sands pipeline leak one of Canada’s largest ever

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 17, 2015
Nexen’s oil sands pipeline leak one of Canada’s largest ever

A day after reporting a significant jump in the number of pipeline failures, the Alberta Energy Regulator is now investigating one of the biggest ruptures in the province in years.

Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 16, 2015
Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent its three-month orbiting mission sending back data to a group of scientists based at the firm’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.

Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 14, 2015
Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands

Instead of high-pressure steam, Canada's largest oil and gas producer wants to send radio waves down to heat the bitumen.

This tiny US mining town began burning 52 years ago and never stopped

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 8, 2015
This tiny US mining town began burning 52 years ago and never stopped

The former mining town of Centralia, in Pennsylvania, has been on fire since 1962, when a coal seam running into a mine shaft set on fire. It hasn't stopped ever since.

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.

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