Rare Earth and Lithium Mining News

World scrambles for rare earths after latest China crackdown

Reuters reports prices of most rare earth elements – used in consumer electronics, defence and green energy industries – have risen since Wednesday after of local government crackdown on mining, with three major producers slated for closure. The news follows an announcement from the EU that it is building a stockpile of a variety of REEs and that a high-level meeting of officials from Europe, the US and Japan will take place in Washington early next month to discuss supply security. The price of some REEs such as samarium oxide used in jet fighter electrical systems has increased 25-fold in just three years.

Montoro retains aeroquest for airborne surveys over BC rare earth prospects

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - International Montoro Resources Inc. ("Montoro") (TSX VENTURE:IMT)(PINK SHEETS:IMTFF)(FRANKFURT:O4T) has retained Aeroquest International Limited to conduct multiple large scale geophysical and radiometric airborne surveys over the highly prospective "Tacheeda NW" and "Chuchinka NW" Rare Earth Element prospects located in 'The Rocky Mountain Rare Metal Belt' of northern British Columbia. Both of Montoro's newly acquired properties are on trend with properties held by Spectrum Mining Corp. (the "Wicheeda" discovery), who announced a 48.64 metre interval which averaged 3.55% REE, a 72.0 metre interval that averaged 2.92% REE, and a 144 metre interval which averaged 2.20% REE in three separate drill holes.

Great Western Minerals Group selects drill contractor for Steenkampskraal rare earth project

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - Great Western Minerals Group (TSX VENTURE:GWG) (OTCQX:GWMGF) ("GWMG") is pleased to announce the selection of Drillcorp Africa (Pty) Ltd. ("Drillcorp") as the drill contractor for the upcoming exploration and resource evaluation program at the Company's Steenkampskraal Rare Earth Element ("REE") project in South Africa.

Rare Earth Metals reports update from drilling on its Two Tom deposit in Labrador

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - Rare Earth Metals Inc. ("Rare Earth Metals", "RA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RA)(PINK SHEETS:RAREF)(OTCQX:RAREF) is pleased to report preliminary Rare Earth Element results from three additional holes on the Two Tom Mineralized Zone at the Red Wine Property, located approximately 110 kilometers northeast of Churchill Falls in west central Labrador. The results include best intersections of 1.86% TREO over 121.5 meters within a larger zone of mineralization which assayed 1.46% TREO over 195.15 meters in drill hole DDH-TT-13, 1.82% TREO over 89 meters in drill hole DDH-TT-14, and 2.15% TREO over 120 meters within a larger zone of mineralization which assayed 1.68% TREO over 176.5 meters in drill hole DDH-TT-15b. The HREO/TREO ratios from these intersections range from 5.2% to 6.0%.

Gold Canyon Announces expansion of joint exploration agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) for rare earth elements in Malawi

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - Gold Canyon Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GCU)(PINK SHEETS:GDCRF) ("Gold Canyon" or "the Company") is pleased to announce commencement of a rare earth elements (REE) exploration program in Malawi, Africa through its Joint Exploration Agreement (JEA) between the Company and its joint venture participant, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC). This joint venture was established in January 2009 with the goal of targeting strategic REE projects which can be brought into production within a reasonable time frame and capital requirements.

Rare Earth Metals intersects significant heavy REE mineralization at Dory Pond area, red wine project, with HREO/TREO ratio of 42.1% from intersection of 1.55% TREO over 21.0 meters

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) - Rare Earth Metals Inc. ("Rare Earth Metals", "RA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RA)(OTCQX:RAREF)(PINK SHEETS:RAREF) is pleased to report preliminary Rare Earth Element results from drilling on the Dory Pond project area of the Red Wine property. The second hole of this drill program (DDH-B3N-03) was successful in testing an area defined by a number of Heavy Rare Earth anomalous prospect samples and resulted in an intersection of 1.55% TREO (HREO/TREO of 42.1%) over 21.0 meters within a wider intersection of 1.11% TREO (HREO/TREO of 41%) over 42.9 meters. Of particular importance are the high values in Dysprosium, Yttrium and Neodymium which compare favourably with other more advanced Heavy Rare Earth Deposits.

Commodities rocked as US economy creates zero jobs

Commodity markets were hit this week by shock news that the United States created no jobs in August, sparking speculation that the world's biggest economy could be heading for a double-dip recession. Analysts said the data bolstered expectations that the US Federal Reserve could soon decide to implement another round of quantitative easing -- dubbed QE3 by traders -- to help breathe new life into the struggling economy.

Lynas signs supply contract with BASF

Lynas Corporation has signed a long term rare earths supply agreement with BASF. The contract will see Lynas provide the materials from its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Malaysia for BASF’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking business, which uses lanthanum.

Crossland plans initial rare earth resource report for Charely Creek

Crossland Uranium Mines (ASX:CUX) plans to issue a report next month on an illuvial heavy mineral rare earth element resource at its 50% owned Charley Creek project in Northern Territory. A 16.7 tonne quantity of alluvial material has been obtained from the Cockroach prospect for testwork to investigate a heavy mineral process flowsheet and to generate samples of heavy mineral product for initial marketing and additional process development tests. Crossland says that the Charley Creek alluvials should be low cost sources of heavy mineral concentrates with high concentrations of REE and/or zircon.

Silver Spruce reports continued significant REE results Pope's Hill MP trend, Trans Labrador Highway, NL

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Silver Spruce Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SSE)(FRANKFURT;S6Q) - Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is pleased to announce continued significant results from prospecting on the road accessible Pope's Hill (PH) rare earth element (REE) property, along the paved Trans Labrador Highway (TLH) approximately 100 km to the west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay in south central Labrador. Results were previously released on July 21 and August 9, 2011. A total of 153 samples have been submitted for analyses from the 100% owned PH property including 17 from regional exploration. Results are reported for the 136 samples along the MP trend on the original PH property. The regional results remain pending.

India looking to get into rare earth game

A government panel is working on a strategy to encourage discovery of rare earth elements in India, Economic Times has revealed: "The committee will look into the current availability of rare earth and energy critical elements and decide the strategy for production to ensure long-term raw material security. It will also encourage the recovery of ECEs which can be found as byproducts in the production of other minerals."

On China's rare earth black market prices are falling

Sinocast reports China's market for rare earths has begun to see negative effects of its crazy growth this year with an increasing number of downstream players finding it difficult to make deals despite price cuts. Prices of certain elements such as cerium used to polish TV screens and lenses are down 10% over the summer after months of break-neck price hikes. Reuters reports China is in the midst of a crackdown on illegal miners and processors and the busy black market trade that have sprung up, but has struggled to impose a REE production cap, with actual annual output exceeding official quotas by 40% to 50% since 2007.

Reclusive North Korea holds 20 mln tons of rare earth deposits

Isolated North Korea is desperate to earn some hard currency and look for rare earths in its borders with China.

Rare earths could be Idaho’s next cash crop

Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman has been the leading proponent of getting the United States back in the REE game, introducing the Restart Act of 2010, which gives loan guarantees to mining companies, expedites the permitting process, directs the U.S. Geological Survey to scour the country for more supplies, and sets up long-term contracts with the Department of Defense to buy up the REEs produced by American companies.

Quantum Rare Earth Developments receives infill drill results

Quantum Rare Earth Developments announced results for two additional holes of the first of five drill holes from the spring/summer 2011 exploration program at the Elk Creek Niobium – REE Project, located in southeastern Nebraska, USA. Drill holes NEC11-002 and NEC11-003 are the remaining two of three holes which were completed to test the Elk Creek Niobium Deposit.

Wealth completes first phase of diamond drilling at Rodeo de los Molles rare earth element project, Argentina

Wealth Minerals Ltd. (the "Company" or "Wealth") (TSX VENTURE:WML)(FRANKFURT:EJZ) announces the completion of the first phase of diamond drilling at its Rodeo de los Molles ("Rodeo") Rare Earth Element ("REE") Project in San Luis Province, Argentina. The Phase I drilling consisted of 26 drill holes (975.5 metres) targeting outcropping, high-grade REE mineralization confirmed by channel saw sampling results (see Wealth News April 11, 2011 and July 7, 2011).

Mining industry gives Saara tax ultimatum

Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila THE mining industry has given Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila until Wednesday to reconsider her intended tax reforms before they alert investors worldwide to “the most devastating elements” of her “proposed

Molycorp announces major rare earth supply agreement with Hitachi Metals

Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), the Western hemisphere's only producer of rare earth oxides (REO) and the largest REO producer outside of China, announced that it has reached an agreement with Hitachi Metals to supply the company with rare earth magnetic materials, including Didymium (a mix of neodymium and praseodymium) metal and alloy, as well as Lanthanum Oxide.

Molycorp sells 50 times more rare earth oxides

Rare earths miner Molycorp on Thursday swung into profit in the second quarter as it ramped up production at Mountain Pass, California, once the world's largest supplier of the sought-after elements used in anything from iPods to stealth helicopters. Net income came to $48.8 million compared with a loss of $23.3 million a year ago. Revenue came in just shy of $100 million, compared with only $1.9 million a year ago. Commenting on the results the company said global demand for rare-earth elements remains "very high" and supply outside China, which controls more than 95% of world output, is tight.

Greenland Minerals to buy remaining 39% of Kvanefjeld project

Minerals explorer Greenland Minerals and Energy on Thursday went into a trading halt ahead of an announcement regarding its Kvanefjeld rare earth/uranium/zinc project. The trading halt on the ASX was requested to allow the company time to finalise documentation relating to the acquisition of the outstanding 39% of the project, and would be lifted on August 15.

IAMGOLD reports 223% increase in second quarter net earnings from continuing operations

IAMGOLD's net earnings attributable to equity shareholders were $478.9 million ($1.28 per share) in the quarter, including the gain of $402.6 million from the sale of the Tarkwa and Damang mines. "In January, we said our plan was to divest our minority interest in the Tarkwa and Damang mines for proceeds in excess of $600 million and by the end of June we had closed the sale for gross proceeds of $667 million. During that period, we also confirmed a near 700% increase in mineral resources at our niobium mine and increased our dividend by 150," said Steve Letwin, IAMGOLD's President and CEO.

Rare earth company in Kenya faces protests

NTVKenya reports that a rare earth company in Kenya is facing angry opposition from residents who want the company to stop exploration work. The project is located on the south coast, 85 kilometers from Mombasa. The exploration license was issued to Cortec Mining Kenya, a South African company that was incorporated in Kenya last year.

Canada Rare Earths Inc. – Initiating Coverage – Carbonatite Rare Earth Project in Quebec

The company is focused on exploration and development of its Goeland rare earth project in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada.

US Military depending on China for rare earths

Some see it as a strategic masterstroke by China, others, a shocking oversight by the United States. And while the truth lies somewhere in the middle, the fact remains that the US is now wholly dependent on China for some of the most critical components of its modern military hardware.

Quebec rare earth explorers make big finds in north

A small Quebec company says it has uncovered one of the world's most significant deposits of neodymium reports the Montreal Gazette. GeoMegA Resources believes its Montviel property about 500 kilometres northwest of Quebec City, has a huge potential for quick development thanks to the size of the deposit and closeness to infrastructure. Two other companies are active in the region with Commerce Resources announcing significant discoveries on Thursday following its winter drill program at its Eldor rare earth project (pictured) at what it says is ranked as one of the largest REE deposits outside of China. On Friday Vancouver-based Canada Rare Earths announced it acquired a 69.55 km2 rare earth property 350 kilometers south of Montviel adding to its assets adjacent to that of GeoMegA.