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Articles from the September 28, 2014 edition

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  • Incentives spur exploration projects

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    The Government of Northwest Territories has implemented a new Mining Incentive Program that was oversubscribed by midyear, with strong interest shown by companies and prospectors in the Northwest Territories and across Canada. "The Mining Incentive Program helps our government support those with the energy, expertise and perseverance that this industry relies on to conduct mineral exploration in an environmentally sustainable way," said GNWT Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ramsay. "I especially look forward...

  • Alaska faces exploration spending low

    Curt Freeman, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    Although mineral exploration and development activities continue around the state, year-end total expenditures are beginning to gel, and we are getting an increasingly clear picture of just what sort of year it has been for the Alaska mining industry. For the producing metal mines, gross and net revenue are down over last year, largely due to significant decreases in the spot prices for those metals, with gold down almost 15 percent and silver down almost 25 percent over...

  • Now is time to exercise your franchise

    J. P. Tangen, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    All the rhetoric in the world will not be sufficient to mobilize the electorate to get off its collective derrière and fulfill its sacred duty to vote, unless the subject matter strikes a personal chord. I am mindful of the recent plebiscite in the United Kingdom where the question was up or down of whether Scotland should cease to be a part of Great Britain. Well over 80 percent of the eligible voters actually cast their ballots, and in some jurisdictions the vote... Full story

  • B.C. mine may diversify niobium market

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    Taseko Mines' Aley project in northern British Columbia is one step closer to diversifying the global supply of niobium, a strategic metal that currently is mined almost exclusively in Brazil. In mid-September, the company provided a broad blueprint for developing a mine at Aley that would produce roughly 9,000 metric tons of niobium per year. In addition to providing a new North American source for niobium, a mine at Aley also would play a role in expanding and diversifying... Full story

  • Mineral exploration services get a boost

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    As mineral exploration activity around the globe continues to reel from the body blows delivered by a multi-year capital drought, a trio of innovators in Yukon Territory is giving new meaning to the adage, "One man's meat is another man's poison." Groundtruth Exploration Ltd., led by Shawn Ryan's protégé, Isaac Fage, is making significant strides in marketing to mining companies a low-cost exploration system that is dependent on several proprietary technologies. During the 2014 field season, Dawson, YT-based Groundtruth o... Full story

  • First Nations create mineral explorer

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    The Dene First Nations of Northwest Territories has created what is likely Canada's first 100 percent aboriginal-owned exploration and mining company. Named DemCo Limited Partnership, the startup will celebrate one year in business in October, and is already making its mark in the industry. DemCo's mission is to enable the Dene to become owners of hardrock mines operating on their own lands. The new company is owned by Denendeh Investments Limited Partnership, which has a membership comprised of First Nations from the five...

  • Explorers' hunt for diamonds heats up

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    Diamonds exploration heated up in the Northwest Territories in 2014 as more and more companies mounted campaigns aimed at identifying the next big discovery in a region that has already produced three operating diamond mines and one well-advanced mine project. "It's been an exciting season for us because on April 1, we took over management of mineral and oil and gas resources in the territory. Overall, we're seeing a consistent trend for exploration as well as a bit of a resurgence of interest in diamonds," Pam Strand,...

  • Gigafactory adds need for Graphite Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 28, 2014

    Will Alaska be home to a "gigamine" that fills explosive future graphite demand expected to be driven by Tesla Motors' lithium-ion battery Gigafactory and the larger market for battery-powered vehicles and devices? Graphite One Resources hopes the answer is yes. In early September Tesla announced that Nevada would be the home of the Gigafactory, a massive facility that aims to produce enough lithium ion batteries annually to power 500,000 electric vehicles. For perspective,...