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Articles from the April 3, 2020 edition


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  • Alexco scales back Keno Silver underground development exploration Covid 19

    Keno Hill exploration, development slows

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Alexco Resource Corp. March 30 reported a slowing of mine development and exploration activities at its Keno Hill Silver District due to the uncertainty and unpredictable impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of its employees, contractors and Yukon communities near the Keno Hill project, Alexco has implemented a COVID-19 response and management plan that follows territorial and federal guidelines, as well as industry-wide best practices. This... Full story

  • Pretium Resources braces for Covid 19 workforce gold production reductions

    Steady gold output at Brucejack so far

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Pretium Resources Inc. April 2 reported that the COVID-19 outbreak has not disrupted production at its Brucejack gold mine in the Tahltan Territory of northwestern British Columbia and the company is operating the remote underground mine under the strict guidance and directives of federal, provincial and regional health authorities. In order to minimize the number of individuals on site at Brucejack, only personnel necessary to support gold production will continue to work at... Full story

  • Winter drill rig test Aurora gold target West Pogo 64North Goodpaster Alaska

    64North drill idles on COVID-19 concerns

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Millrock Resources Inc. and Resolution Minerals Ltd. March 30 announced a temporary COVID-19-related suspension of drilling at the 64North gold project adjacent to the Pogo Mine property in Alaska's Goodpaster Mining District. Though the drill crew was completely isolated, and thus in a very safe location for COVID-19 risk, it was the preference of the drilling contractor to allow its personnel to return to their families in the Lower 48 before conditions or travel... Full story

  • Donlin Gold hardhat and tools exploration drilling delayed due to Covid 19

    Donlin Gold drills idle due to COVID-19

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Novagold Resources Inc. April 1 announced that the planned 80-hole drill program at Donlin Gold, a 39-million-ounce gold project owned equally by Novagold and Barrick Gold Corp., has been put on hold due to COVID-19 measures in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Southwest Alaska where the proposed mine is located. A week earlier, Novagold reported that the roughly 22,000-meter drill program was ongoing but the rapidly evolving protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus,... Full story

  • Winter exploration drilling 3 aces gold project Yukon acquired by Seabridge

    Seabridge to acquire 3 Aces gold project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Seabridge Gold Inc. March 30 announced an agreement to acquire full ownership of Golden Predator Mining Corp.'s 3 Aces gold project in the Yukon. Lying alongside the Nahanni Range Road, 3 Aces is an easily accessible project that covers 357 square kilometers (138 square miles) of high-grade gold discoveries and targets in southeastern Yukon. The target concept for 3 Aces is consistent with some of the largest and richest gold districts in the world, including the California...

  • Essential US COVID 19 mine worker at Rio Tinto Kennecott copper mine Utah

    Mining essential to US COVID-19 response

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    As the United States hunkers down to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains imperative for the nation to maintain the critical infrastructure needed to respond to the global emergency and ensure systems remain intact for after the coronavirus has passed. The Department of Homeland Security considers mining among 16 critical infrastructure industries that "have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations." In its March 28 "Guidance on the... Full story

  • Red Chris open pit copper gold mine Golden Triangle Tahltan region BC

    First Nations, miner respond to COVID-19

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    In order to protect the health of its people and communities of northern British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tahltan Central Government has been working closely with the other Tahltan Nation governments – Iskut Band and Tahltan Band – as well mining companies with operations in their territory. Tahltan Nation said it has been meeting extensively with Newcrest Mining Ltd., majority owner and operator of the Red Chris copper-gold mine in Tahltan Territory, to pri... Full story

  • Kinross Gold Fort Knox mine Alaska trucks and shovel COVID 19 distancing

    Essential social distancing at Fort Knox

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 26, 2020

    Kinross Gold Corp. April 1 continues to implement comprehensive and proactive measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the implementation of more than 140 best practice measures at the Fort Knox Mine in Alaska. These new measures that allow employees to practice "social distancing" or "physical distancing" include: • Staggering shift start times and allowing 10 minutes to clock in and out. • Reducing the number of employees on buses at a time and staggering sea... Full story

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