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Articles from the July 27, 2014 edition

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  • Global miners explore Alaska's Interior

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 4, 2018

    A group of diverse global-scale mining companies hailing from Australia, Japan, and the United States are quietly exploring a relatively small region of Alaska's Interior. Two of these international players - Sumitomo Metal Mining and Newmont Mining Corp. - are seeking gold in the Pogo region of the Tintina Gold Belt. Melbourne-based MMG Ltd., on the other hand, is seeking nickel in the Wrangellia Terrane, a promising band of rocks immediately south of the legendary gold... Full story

  • Ucore advances Bokan, eyes Ray Mountains

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 4, 2018

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has field programs underway at both the Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth elements project in Southeast Alaska and its Ray Mountain REE-tin project in the Interior region of the state. Work at Bokan Mountain is focused on collecting the last bits of information needed to complete a plan of operation that can be submitted for permitting and finalize a feasibility study scheduled for delivery in 2015. As a potential domestic source of a suite of heavy rare...

  • EPA seeks to limit Pebble to below average

    Shane Lasley, Mining news|Updated Jul 27, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has offered the proposal of allowing the Pebble Limited Partnership to apply for permits to develop a less than average-size porphyry mine at the world's largest undeveloped copper-gold-molybdenum deposit. Falling short of an outright ban of building a mine at Pebble, the EPA is proposing Clean Water Act Section 404(c) permit restrictions aimed at limiting the footprint of any mine allowed to be developed at the enormous porphyry...

  • Worst of funding drought could be over

    Curt Freeman, For Mining News|Updated Jul 27, 2014

    As is normally the case in high summer in Alaska, news has started to trickle out of the hills on projects where new work is being conducted, and several properties have changed hands or are in the process of changing hands as mining deals are negotiated and announced across the state. Alaska mines are enjoying slight upticks in metals prices, but recent price volatility has left producers cautious about making long-term capital investments in new or existing projects. Regardl...

  • We cannot hold our breath over Prop One

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Jul 27, 2014

    I have long mused over the difference in how people solve problems. Every time we are confronted with an election, the debate resurfaces. One would suppose that individuals trained in analytical thinking would be inclined to reach conclusions lineally, consistent with the Socratic syllogism in which conclusions are based upon facts. In the course of my career, I have long dealt with individuals who are trained in the "hard" sciences, such as geologists and engineers. They tend to base their judgments on the thesis that "if... Full story

  • High court weighs in on aboriginal claim

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 27, 2014

    The Supreme Court of Canada June 26 released its highly anticipated decision in "Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia." Called "ground-breaking" by observers, the judgment by Canada's highest court granted a declaration of Aboriginal title over a tract of Crown lands to the Tsilhqot'in Nation of the west central interior of British Columbia. It is the first time in Canadian history that Aboriginal title has been definitively established and affirmed. The civil action claim asserted by the Tsilhqot'in First Nation in 2002...

  • Stalled critical minerals bills get a push

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 27, 2014

    A coalition of 38 companies and organizations, representing a broad spectrum of America's economy, is urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to dust off pending critical minerals legislation and send a version to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. "Updating our geologic data, reducing delays in permitting, bolstering research, and encouraging efficient use can pay dividends for future generations," explains the group pressing for critical minerals legislation....