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Articles from the June 2, 2023 edition

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  • Daniel Yergin and Gov. Dunleavy onstage for a fireside chat on Alaska energy.

    US Permitting pandemic plagues Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 29, 2023

    Alaska's unparalleled potential to be a major domestic supplier of the minerals and metals critical to the clean energy transition attracted some of North America's top commodities investors and analysts to Anchorage for the second annual Alaska Sustainable Energy conference. The 49th State's rich mineral resources, however, may remain on lockdown due to a "permitting pandemic" that plagues not only Alaska but the entire United States. "Our country is suffering from a...

  • A ship loaded with iron ore mined at Mary River in Nunavut leaves Milne Inlet.

    Revised plan for mining Mary River iron

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Six months after the Canadian government rejected a plan to double approved output from the Mary River iron mine on Nunavut's Baffin Island, the mine's operator, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., is working to get the green light to move ahead with a different proposal. The new plan, which the company calls a "Sustaining Operations Proposal," surfaced in December, about a month after federal Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal rejected the earlier plan Nov. 16 to expand...

  • Drone view of a summer camp, road, and airstrip on a sunny Alaska summer day.

    U.S. GoldMining begins Whistler program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    U.S. GoldMining Inc. May 30 announced that it has mobilized crews for an up to 10,000-meter phase-one drill program at the Whistler gold-copper project about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. According to a 2021 calculation, the 53,700-acre Whistler property hosts 118.2 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 0.51 grams per metric ton (1.94 million ounces) gold, 2.19 g/t (8.3 million oz) silver, and 0.16% (422 million pounds) copper; plus 317 million...

  • Map showing Felix Gold’s Fairbanks Mining District landholdings.

    Felix Gold begins NW Array infill drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Felix Gold Ltd. May 30 announced the start of an infill drill program aimed at establishing a maiden resource for the NW Array target on the company's Treasure Creek gold-antimony project about 20 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. After completing an A$10 million (roughly US$7 million) initial public offering and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange at the beginning of 2022, Felix launched its first drilling at Treasure Creek with shallow reverse circulation holes at...

  • Drill tests for copper below an orange-stained rocky slope at Iskut in BC.

    Seabridge targets Iskut copper discovery

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Seabridge Gold Inc. May 30 announced the start of a more than 12,000-meter drill program to test high-level porphyry copper-gold targets on the company's Iskut property in Northern British Columbia's Golden Triangle. "We are excited to get our program started early in the field season after last year's success at Iskut," said Seabridge Gold Chairman and CEO Rudi Fronk. Located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Seabridge's world-class KSM mine project, Iskut is home to...

  • Snowline Gold’s 50-man Forks camp in Northeastern Yukon, Canada.

    Snowline kicks off 2023 drill season

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Snowline Gold Corp. May 31 announced that visible gold has been observed in 10 of the first 14 holes drilled this year at the Valley Zone of the company's Rogue gold project in the Yukon. Drill crews and staff were recently mobilized to Snowline's 50-man Forks Camp to complete up to 18,000 meters of drilling this year. "Following a transformative year in 2022, we are excited to be back in the field with a larger and more advanced 2023 exploration campaign," said Snowline Gold...

  • A snow train transporting fuel and drill materials to Ferguson Lake, Nunavut.

    Canadian North completes on-ice drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Canadian North Resources Inc. May 29 reported encouraging results from its recently completed 21-hole spring diamond drill program at its Ferguson Lake nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals project in Nunavut's Kivalliq region. According to a 2022 calculation, Ferguson Lake hosts 24.3 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 0.85% (455.4 million pounds) copper, 0.6% (296.3 million lb) nickel, 0.07% (37.5 million lb) cobalt, 1.38 grams per metric ton (1.08...

  • Paved highway cuts across sea of yellow foliage on a fall day in Alaska.

    WOTUS ruling hailed as a win for Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and trade groups representing a broad spectrum of businesses across the state hailed the unanimous Supreme Court decision against the Biden administration's broad definition of "waters of the United States" as a major win for Alaska. "This is a huge win for Alaska," said Rebecca Logan, CEO of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. "The Biden WOTUS led to massive uncertainty and more burdensome regulations." Basically, anything considered waters of the...

  • A drill test for gold beneath a snow-covered landscape in Interior Alaska.

    Golden Summit resource growth continues

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Freegold Ventures Ltd. June 1 announced that the first holes of its 2023 drill program at Golden Summit have cut gold mineralization about 400 meters north of the 12-million-ounce Dolphin-Cleary gold deposit on this road-accessible project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to a calculation completed earlier this year, the Dolphin-Cleary deposit hosts 407.54 million metric tons of open pit mineable indicated resource averaging 0.92 grams per metric ton (12...

  • Massive wind turbines on a mountain on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

    Alaska sustainable energy independence

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Coming together to recognize the potential Alaska can bring to the table for the global transition to renewable energy, the 2023 Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference invited leaders in government, academia, industry, and investment from across the globe to participate in discussions and to be educated on the challenges and opportunities that the Last Frontier State presents as it looks forward to the next century of energy. Alaskans often remark about their home being a state... Full story

  • Bureau of Land Management signpost outside Anchorage District Office.

    The nuts are in charge of the nut house

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Mark your calendar. June 30, 2023, will be just one more Day in Infamy when catastrophic changes at the hands of the Bureau of Land Management will reach their nadir. (These days, it seems, everything that the government wants to do is "catastrophic!") On April 3, the BLM promulgated its Conservation and Landscape Health Proposed Rule. In its own words, the rule would "advance the BLM's mission to manage the public lands for multiple use and sustained yield by prioritizing... Full story

  • Contango ORE logo with triangle symbol and gold, silver, and copper colors.

    Contango ORE makes Russell 3000 Index

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Contango ORE Inc. May 30 announced that the Alaska-based mineral exploration and mine development company is set to join the broad-market Russell 3000 and Russell Microcap. Founded in 2010 to explore the mineral potential discovered on the Tetlin property by Chairman Brad Juneau while exploring for natural gas in eastern Alaska, Contango ORE is a homegrown mining company that is slated to be a gold producer in 2024 with the completion of the Manh Choh mine that stemmed from Ju... Full story