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Articles from the May 6, 2022 edition

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  • Northern Lights at a rare earths mining operation in Northwest Territories.

    Vital eyes more advances at Nechalacho

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2022

    Though the 2022 field season is scarcely underway, Vital Metals Ltd., Canada's first rare earths producer, is already eyeing a second banner year at its Nechalacho REE mining operation in Northwest Territories – with recent progress in virtually every aspect of the Australia-based company's Canadian project, from exploration to marketing. Vital's offtake partner, Norway-based REEtec AS, signed a purchase agreement in April to supply rare metals for magnets used in electric m...

  • Winter view of the Diavik diamond mining operation in NWT, Canada.

    A nuclear option for mines in the North

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    What if remote mines and communities across Alaska and Canada's North could plug into batteries the size of cargo containers that could deliver multi-megawatt levels of zero-carbon electricity for at least eight years without needing a charge? This is the type of power source Westinghouse Electric is delivering with its eVinci microreactor, a 5-megawatt-electrical power module expected to generate heat and electricity at the United States Air Force's Eielson Base just outside...

  • A large gold nugget held by a geologist at Grand Portage's Herbert Gold project.

    Regulatory approval is a go at Herbert Gold

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. May 3 announced that it has received regulatory approval for the 2022 drill program at its Herbert Gold project located within the Juneau Gold Belt in Southeast Alaska and drilling is expected to begin in June. "We are pleased to have received approvals from the regulatory agencies in Alaska," said Grande Portage President and CEO Ian Klassen. "Our project is a short seven-minute helicopter flight from the international airport and located just...

  • Geologist logs drill core at the Lawyer’s mineral exploration property, BC.

    Dukes Ridge delivering gold at Lawyers

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Benchmark Metals Inc. April 29 reported that strong results from this year's resource expansion drilling at Dukes Ridge indicates that this deposit still has gold and silver to contribute to the overall resource on the company's Lawyers project in Northern British Columbia. According to a calculation completed last year at about this time, the Cliff Creek, AGB, and Dukes Ridge deposits at Lawyers host 40.3 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 1.19 grams per...

  • A rainbow over a drill site at Banyan Gold's AurMac property in Yukon, Canada.

    Last results from 2021 Powerline drilling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Banyan Gold Corp. May 3 reported the final assay results from the diamond drill holes completed during the 2021 exploration program at the Powerline deposit on the company's AurMac property in the Yukon. "The 2021 drill program has demonstrated the extensive nature of gold mineralization around the Powerline deposit on the AurMac property and importantly, defined zones of higher grade near surface gold mineralization," said Banyan Gold President and CEO Tara Christie. "The 202...

  • The camp, mill and other buildings from historical zinc mining at Prairie Creek.

    NorZinc's Prairie Creek mine inches ahead

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    NorZinc Ltd. May 4 announced progress on the permitting and updated feasibility for an expanded operation at its Prairie Creek zinc project in Canada's Northwest Territories. According to a 2021 calculation, Prairie Creek hosts 9.8 million metric tons of measured and indicated resources averaging 9.7% zinc, 8.8% lead, and 139 grams per metric ton silver; and 6.4 million metric tons of total inferred resources averaging 12.9% zinc, 6.7% lead, and 150 g/t silver. In October,...

  • A stylized adobestock picture of the word greenwashing on paper in a typewriter.

    Alaskans are being greenwashed - again

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    When I first heard the term "greenwashed," I naturally assumed that it referred to the endless stream of misrepresentations that the American Environmental Industry dumps on a gullible public as part of its fundraising technique. When I looked into it, however, I discovered that it was a pejorative intended by professional Environmentalists to attack other industrial sectors who represented that their various products were somehow more environmentally friendly than their compe... Full story

  • A map of Alaska showing the Pebble deposit in Southwest Alaska.

    Pebble will continue doing as it always has

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. April 28 announced its subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership is preparing crews and equipment for its 2022 field program at the Pebble project site in Southwest Alaska. While disputes over the initial denial of mine permits by the Army Corp of Engineers in November 2020, then leading to the EPA's decision to reinitiate the process of making a Clean Water Act Section 404(c) determination in September 2021, Northern Dynasty has opted to continue...

  • Mountainside gold exploration targets at Discovery Alaska’s Chulitna project.

    Discovery Alaska begins work at Chulitna

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Discovery Alaska Ltd. May 4 announced that an airborne geophysical survey is underway at the Partin Creek gold-silver-copper prospect on its Chulitna project in Alaska. Discovery Alaska acquired the Chulitna project early last year through the staking of a roughly 77-square-mile land package that lies about four miles west of the Parks Highway midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. The Australia-based exploration company formerly known as Discovery Africa hired an...

  • Geologists explore Treasure Creek gold property north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Felix Gold begins 2022 Alaska drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Millrock Resources Inc. May 4 announced that Felix Gold Ltd. has begun drilling on the Treasure Creek gold project north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Early in 2021, Felix entered into an alliance with Millrock on several Interior Alaska gold exploration projects – Treasure Creek and Ester Grant near Fairbanks, plus the Liberty Bell project about 70 miles to the southwest. Earlier this year, Felix completed a A$10 million (U$7.1 million) initial public offering and listed on the A...

  • A view of the Red Dog mining camp that is the largest provider to ANCSA corps.

    Alaska Mining Day – a historic crossroad

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    May 10, 2022, celebrates the ninth annual Alaska Mining Day. Established in 2013, Alaska Mining Day was created through legislation sponsored by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, "to recognize and honor the intrepid individuals and industry that played an enormous role in settling and developing the territory and the state that continue to contribute to the economy of the state." Why May 10? On this day in 1872, the General Mining Act of the United States was approved – w... Full story

  • Drill tests the Goodpaster deposit at the Pogo gold mine in Interior Alaska.

    Goodpaster adds 1.1M oz gold to Pogo

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 12, 2022

    Northern Star Resources Ltd. May 3 announced a 20% increase in the gold reserves at its Pogo Mine and a maiden resource for the Goodpaster discovery about 2,000 meters north of the current mining area on its Alaska property. "The 20% increase in ore reserves and the addition of high grade mineral resources at the Goodpaster is exciting. It underpins the substantial growth potential at Pogo," said Jim Coxon, vice president of operations, North America at Northern Star Resources...