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Articles from the April 30, 2021 edition

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  • Goldman Sachs critical minerals copper new oil e-mobility EV electric vehicles

    A supercharged surge in copper prices

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    While copper did not make it onto the list of 35 minerals and metals critical to the United States, the red metal's criticality to the global transition to renewable energy and electric mobility cannot be overstated. No matter which battery chemistries power tomorrow's electric vehicles, what renewable energy solutions recharge those EVs, or if rare earth magnets are used to generate that electricity and propel those vehicles more efficiently, any path to a decarbonized... Full story

  • President Joe Biden Alaska mining future Lisa Murkowski Deb Haaland

    For Alaskans, it is a wonderful world

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    I always tend to look at the world through the wrong end of the telescope. For instance, many people regard the so-called political divisions in our country as being a problem, but for me, it is an expression of diversity. To be sure, Congress is divided, allegedly along "party" lines; however, the last time I checked, the Republican "party" is ensconced into two camps, which tend to vote together on most important issues. The Democrat "party" on the other hand consists of... Full story

  • Northern Dynasty Minerals ESG report Pebble Partnership mine Alaska copper map

    Northern Dynasty unveils Pebble ESG report

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. April 27 announced the publication of an environmental, social & governance report that outlines its 20-year commitment to environmentally sound and socially responsible development of the proposed Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum-silver-rhenium mine project in Southwest Alaska. "This ESG report is an effort to explain simply and directly, without embellishment, what NDM (Northern Dynasty Minerals) and PLP (Pebble Limited Partnership) have done in...

  • Contango ORE Alaska Shamrock property Fairbanks Northern Empire Coeur map

    CORE gets lucky in Richardson District

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    Contango ORE Inc. April 29 announced it has staked 52,920 acres of state of Alaska mining claims covering a significant portion of the Richardson Mining District. This property, known as Shamrock, lies alongside the Alaska Highway about 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. In addition to excellent access via gravel roads and trails connecting to the paved highway, Shamrock boasts a high-voltage power line that runs along the southern property boundary. Since the discovery...

  • Osisko Metals Pine Point Canada zinc PEA high-grade Northwest Territories

    Impressive zinc grades at Pine Point

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    Osisko Metals Inc. April 26 announced it cut 32 meters averaging 20.28% zinc and 12.02% lead in the X25 deposit at its Pine Point project in Northwest Territories. Situated 42 kilometers (26 miles) east of the town of Hay River, Pine Point is home to a former mine operated by Cominco (now Teck Resources) that produced roughly 14 billion lb of zinc and 4 billion lb of lead from around 64 million metric tons of ore during a roughly 24-year span beginning in 1964. Osisko is...

  • Apollo-Sitka gold mine Unga Island Alaska Aleutian Islands Aleut history mining

    Forgotten chain of Alaska mining history

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    After the United States' purchase of Alaska, and before the boom brought on by the Klondike Gold Rush, a small island just off the Alaska Peninsula would have gold-bearing quartz discovered, inevitably booming a small trade hub known as Delarov, or as it came to be known, Unga. As it stretches like a broken bridge from the continent of North America to the continent of Asia, many forget the large chain of islands that occupies an area of 6,821 square miles and extends nearly... Full story

  • new oil Green Energy Revolution decarbonization Goldman Sachs critical minerals

    Mining new oil in Northern Copper Triangle

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2021

    Alaska, Northern British Columbia, and the Yukon are home to a dozen advanced stage exploration and mine projects hosting billions of pounds of copper ready to deliver to a world demanding massive amounts of this conductive metal for the green energy and electric mobility transition envisioned over the next three decades. In its report, "Copper is the new oil," Goldman Sachs forecasts that the electrification of transportation and decarbonization of electrical generation...

  • Baffinland Iron Mines COVID-19 Mary River Canada Nunavut Inuit First Nation

    Operator proposes iron mine expansion

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated May 6, 2021

    As Nunavut regulators wrapped up a contentious final series of hearings in April on a proposed expansion of the Mary River iron ore mine on Baffin Island, the Canadian territory got hit with a new outbreak of COVID-19, this time in Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital. Baffinland Iron Mines Ltd. has operated Mary River, one of the largest and northernmost iron mines in the world, for six years. The company employs more than 1,200 people, primarily at its Mary River Mine Site and Milne...

  • Newcrest Mining Red Chris Canada Imperial Metals Perenti Global Barminco copper

    Heading underground at Red Chris Mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 6, 2021

    Perenti Global Ltd. April 26 announced that its underground mining subsidiary, Barminco, has received a letter of intent from Newcrest Mining Ltd. for the development of a 3,500-meter underground exploration decline at the Red Chris copper-gold project in Northern British Columbia. Owned under a joint venture partnership between Newcrest (70%) and Imperial Metals Corp. (30%), the Red Chris Mine hosts 980 million metric tons of measured and indicated resource averaging 0.41...

  • Golden Predator Mining Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in Brewery Creek Yukon Canada licenses

    Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in supports Brewery Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 6, 2021

    Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation has submitted letters to the Yukon Water Board and the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board in support of the timely renewal of the water and quartz mining licenses needed for mining at Golden Predator Mining Corp.'s Brewery Creek gold mine in the Yukon. A road-accessible project about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Dawson City, Brewery Creek is the home to a mine that produced roughly 280,000 ounces of gold over seven y...