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Articles from the July 12, 2015 edition

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  • China rules REE prices

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 1, 2018

    What does Molycorp Inc.'s bankruptcy have to do with the price of rare earths in China? Some analysts say everything, while other experts in the field point to other weaknesses as the root cause of the American REE Goliath's undoing. When China put a chokehold on its exports of rare earth elements in 2010, Molycorp was already well on its way to seizing the opportunity to reopen the Mountain Pass Mine in California, an operation hailed for its ability to re-establishing an...

  • Ucore orders pilot REE separation plant

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. July 8 reported that it has commissioned the construction of a pilot plant that will test the use of molecular recognition technology for the separation of rare earth elements at bulk scale. Ucore has contracted with IBC Advanced Technologies Inc. for the design and construction of the plant, targeting completion before the end of 2015. The test plant, "SuperLig-One," will be constructed at IBC facilities in American Fork, Utah. Once complete, the unit...

  • Redstar extends Shumagin, finds new vein

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Redstar Gold Corp. July 2 reported that four step-out holes drilled at the Shumagin prospect of its Unga gold project in Southwest Alaska continues to cut high-grade gold in the Shumagin vein as well as tapping a second older system in the footwall. Highlights from the step-out drilling included 5.0 meters grading 9.35 grams per metric ton gold and 27.6 g/t silver, including 1.0 meters of 41.2 g/t gold and 130.0 g/t silver in hole 15SH018. This high-grade intercept was... Full story

  • Donlin draft EIS expected at year's end

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Novagold Resources Inc. July 8 reported that the permitting process for its 50-percent-owned Donlin Gold project continues to move ahead with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning to issue the draft Environmental Impact Statement for public comment towards the end of 2015. "Reminiscent of 'The Tortoise and the Hare'," Donlin Gold continues to advance at a steady pace, as originally envisioned. In less than two-year's time, subject to market conditions, the co-owners will...

  • Innovative exploration at Committee Bay

    Updated Jul 12, 2015

    North Country Gold Corp. and Auryn Resources Inc. July 8 reported the start of a C$4 million summer exploration program at the Committee Bay gold project in Nunavut. The exploration program will focus on existing drill-ready targets as well as new areas identified through a recently completed prospectivity analysis on the southwest region of the Committee Bay belt. The companies said the focus of the 2015 program is to bring an innovative exploration approach to the Arctic with the goal of maximizing operational efficiencies... Full story

  • Gahcho Kué Mine on pace for 2016 start

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. July 7 reported that development of the Gahcho Kué diamond mine is progressing according to plan and budget with the overall project roughly 62 percent complete at the end of May. Key areas of focus are continued dewatering to expose the kimberlites, the placement of concrete foundations and the erection of steel superstructures of the major facilities. A key milestone is to ensure that the process plant building is enclosed by October. Gahcho...

  • Copper North improves Carmacks leaching

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Copper North Mining Corp. July 2 reported that metallurgical work shows that a finer crush and higher temperatures improve the efficiency for recovering the copper, gold and silver at its Carmacks project in Yukon Territory. A new processing plan consists of crushing to minus-19 millimeters, followed by rod mill grinding to minus-1 then acid leaching copper in an agitated leach tank, followed by gold and silver leaching in similar tanks. The copper leachate is to be processed... Full story

  • Cooperative foundation laid for Casino

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jul 12, 2015

    Western Copper and Gold Corp. and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in July 6 announced they have entered into an initial cooperation agreement for assessing the Casino copper project, which partially lies in Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Traditional Territory, Yukon. "The Tr'ondek Hwech'in are pleased to be able to provide effective input into the proposed Casino project," said Chief Roberta Joseph. "We are committed to forging partnerships to support and ensure responsible mining within our Tra...