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  • Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

    Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley|Updated May 9, 2024

    Gov. Dunleavy urges BLM to consider recent Alaska Native support as it finalizes its reassessment of the Ambler Access Project. "I strongly believe that the road will greatly benefit my community and I'm not alone. Many of my neighbors also support the road, as do other villages in the region," Native Village of Ambler President Miles Cleveland said of the proposed Ambler Access Project that would extend to within 30 miles of his community. This support is reflected in... Full story

  • A mining headframe and tent camp amongst fall foliage in Northwest Alaska.

    Ruby comes out in support of Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024
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    Tribal council unanimously passes resolution in support of the Ambler Access Project. Trilogy Metals Inc. March 21 announced that the Ruby Tribal Council has passed a resolution in support of the Ambler Access Project – a proposed 211-mile, industrial-use-only road that would connect the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska to the Dalton Highway and global markets. Ruby is an Alaska Native community that lies about 150 miles south of the Ambler Mining D...

  • A stack of boxes full of core from a 2021 hole drilled at Waterpump Creek.

    75M oz of silver-eq at Waterpump Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Initial resource outlines thick zones of high-grade mineralization at the carbonate-hosted silver-zinc deposit on Western Alaska's Illinois Creek project. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. Jan. 22 reported a high-grade silver-zinc-lead resource for Waterpump Creek (WPC) that demonstrates the potential of the carbon replacement deposit (CRD) mineralized system that is believed to extend for more than five miles and serves as a foundation for further exploration and development acro... Full story

  • Curtains of green and purple northern lights reflect off lake in NWT.

    More rare earths outlined at Nechalacho

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Vital Metals reports a 79% expansion of resources within the Tardiff rare earths deposit; further growth expected with inclusion of 2023 drill results. Vital Metals Ltd. April 4 announced a significant increase to the resources within the Tardiff deposit on the company's Nechalacho rare earths project about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This includes a 49% increase in the tonnage of neodymium and praseodymium, a pair of rare earths...

  • Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

    AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    HB122 would authorize AIDEA to issue up to $300 million in bonds and leverage federal funding for critical mineral infrastructure projects in Alaska. Home to 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska has the potential to be a reliable domestic source of the mined materials vital to high-tech, clean energy, and national defense. America's Last Frontier, however, is often lacking when it comes to the infrastructure needed to fully unlock the state's... Full story

  • Colorful sunset reflects off photovoltaic panels at a large solar power plant.

    Hecla's Q1 silver production jumps 43%

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Company tracks toward 17 million oz of silver in 2024 as the clean energy transition powers large increases in demand for precious industrial metal. With increased output at its mines in Alaska, Idaho, and Yukon, Hecla Mining Company produced 4.2 million ounces of silver during the first three months of 2024, a 43% jump over the 3.3 million oz produced during the previous quarter. "The 43% increase in silver production reflects the consistent, strong performance from Greens... Full story

  • Welcoming sign at the Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering event.

    Mining scholarships honor former Teck CEO

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering contributes $2 million to foster the next generation of mining talent at UBC and Queen's University. In a fitting tribute to former president and CEO Don Lindsay, Teck Resources Ltd. has awarded C$2 million to establish scholarships for mining engineering students at Canada's two largest mining schools – the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia and the Robert M. Buchan Department of... Full story

  • Thick veins of gold running through core from drilling the Brucejack Mine.

    Newmont makes transitional acquisition

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    With the roughly $19 billion buyout of Newcrest Mining Ltd., Newmont Corp. has added two operating mines to its already impressive portfolio of gold and copper assets in the Golden Triangle region of Northern British Columbia. "By combining the two existing Newcrest operations, Brucejack and Red Chris, with Newmont's Saddle North and Galore Creek projects, a Tier 1 district in the highly prospective Golden Triangle region of British Columbia will be created – a district in w...

  • Mining executive and Alaska governor on a ridge overlooking the Skwentna River.

    Critical year for Alaska mineral exploration

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    With Donlin Gold reentering the feasibility study stage, Ambler Metals waiting on the reevaluation of the permit needed for a road to the Ambler Mining District, and an overall lack of investment capital, mineral exploration spending in Alaska dropped during 2023. While the overall sector was down, there continued to be some bright spots – most notably, a growing interest in Alaska's critical minerals potential. In July, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Graphite One I... Full story

  • A mine crusher, conveyors, and trucks under a burst of green northern lights.

    Vital's Nechalacho strategy takes shape

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Vital Metal Ltd. Jan. 24 provided an update on its exploration and development strategy for the Nechalacho rare earths project in Northwest Territories. The Australia-based company began mining rare earths from a small, high-grade deposit at Nechalacho in 2021. However, technical and financial difficulties led Vital to rethink its previous strategy to establish a relatively small mine at Nechalacho and rare earths processing plant in Saskatchewan. Upon completion of a...

  • A large Cat mine truck, water truck, and dozer at the Manh Choh gold mine.

    North of 60 Mining News 2023 Top 10

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    From breaking ground at Alaska's next gold mine to the advancement of North of 60 projects focused on delivering the metals needed for the transition of low-carbon energy, and an impressive safety milestone at Alaska's only coal mine to a history of the helicopters that make mineral exploration across the North possible, here is a countdown of the 10 most popular North of 60 Mining News articles in 2023: No. 10 - CORE celebrates Manh Choh, Lucky Shot Contango Ore Inc., a... Full story

  • Helicopters deliver water to battle wildfires near Yellowknife.

    Wildfires upset NWT mineral exploration

    Rose Ragsdale, For Data Mine North|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    With a summer marred by unprecedented wildfires behind them, companies exploring the mineral-rich Northwest Territories are reporting impressive results from their 2023 programs. Seeking new deposits of valuable minerals, ranging from ever-popular diamonds and precious metals to recently designated "critical minerals," such as lithium, rare earth elements and zinc, a score of explorers took to the field across the territory. "An exciting new chapter is emerging for mining in t... Full story

  • Canada, Tahltan Nation, and Australia flag trucks at mine in Northern BC.

    M&A activity reshapes North of 60 mining

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    From neighboring gold explorers merging to create a district-scale project that will likely be attractive to majors, to Glencore making an aggressive bid to buyout Teck Resources Ltd., 2023 was a year of North of 60 mergers, acquisitions, and attempts at takeovers. The multi-billion-dollar M&A frenzy across Alaska and Canada's North was underscored by B2Gold's roughly C$1.1 billion (US$820 million) acquisition of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and the Back River Gold Mine project... Full story

  • Burst of green northern lights over a crusher at the Nechalacho rare earth mine.

    Chinese firm buys Canada's rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Dec 31, 2023

    Shenghe acquires ore stockpile that symbolized a shift away from China for REEs critical to North America's green energy and high-tech sectors. High-grade ore dug up from a small open pit at Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in the summer of 2021 marked the start of Canada's first rare earth elements mine and the first link in an REE supply chain that was envisioned to be completely independent of China. "The combination of our efforts clearly work together towards the...

  • Map of the North T and Tardiff rare earth deposits in Northwest Territories.

    Vital drills high-grade REEs at Tardiff

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    Vital Metals Ltd. Nov. 21 reported that high-grade rare earths encountered with this year's drilling at Tardiff confirms the higher-grade expansion potential of this larger deposit on the company's Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories. The Australia-based company gained notoriety in 2021 with the start of operations at Nechalacho, marking the first and only rare earths mine in Canada. High-grade ore mined from the North T deposit at the project was upgraded with an ore...

  • The Red Dog camp and mill facilities reflect off a pond during a summer day.

    Alaska Standard for mining energy metals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    State's inaugural sustainability report details the ESG advantages of looking North to Alaska for energy transition metals. The global energy transition has steered Alaska to a critical minerals crossroad that will shape the economic future of America's Last Frontier. On the one hand, the push for low-carbon energy is expected to put a dent in the demand for petroleum, which has been Alaska's economic lifeblood for more than five decades. On the other, Alaska happens to be... Full story

  • Green bands of aurora in the winter sky above sign in front of Nechalacho camp.

    Shenghe invests in Canada rare earth mine

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 22, 2023

    Vital Metals turns to Chinese firm to fund Nechalacho, home to first REE mine in Canada. Drifting further away from the original vision of establishing a rare earths supply chain in Canada that would help to break the West's heavy reliance on China for this suite of tech elements, Vital Metals Ltd. has turned to Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd. for funding that will allow the Australia-based REE mining company to move forward with its plans for a larger mine at its...

  • Colorful balanced stones in shallow waters near a beach.

    Rare earths future hangs in the balance

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 20, 2023

    A growing imbalance in the supply and demand for rare earths is creating a challenge for the companies that produce this suite of technology elements and an opportunity for the scientists seeking ways to leverage their unique properties in new and intriguing ways. While it is true that the global transition to zero-carbon energy and transportation is creating new rare earths demand that threatens to outstrip the global supply, the real disparity has more to do with which of... Full story

  • Blue hardhat with BMC logo on a shelf at the Kudz Ze Kayah project in the Yukon.

    BMC posts review for planned Yukon mine

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    After getting a conditional green light in 2022 from regulators to advance the proposed ABM Mine at its Kudz Ze Kayah property in Southeastern Yukon, BMC Minerals Ltd. has completed a favorable economic review of its plan for a hardrock operation and developed new exploration targets on the property. BMC Minerals wants to extract 1.8 million metric tons of zinc, 350,000 metric tons of lead and 600,000 metric tons of copper from the Kudz Ze Kayah deposits located within the...

  • A Vital Metals worker walks toward tents illuminated by the morning sun.

    Vital Canadian REE company is bankrupt

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Over the course of two short years, Vital Metals Ltd. has fallen from a visionary mining company pioneering a first-ever rare earth supply chain in Canada to a delisted Australian firm struggling to reclaim some of its former glory at the Nechalacho rare earths mine in Northwest Territories. Vital Metals reached a pinnacle when its Canadian subsidiary Cheetah Resource Corp. began mining ore from the high-grade North T deposit at Nechalacho during the summer of 2021, forging...

  • A U.S. versus China chess board with metallic gold and silver pieces.

    China plays gallium, germanium pieces

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    As the White House continues to dole out hundreds of billions of dollars to position America as the global leader in clean energy and digital technologies, Beijing initiates a strategy to put America in check with the global economy equivalent of pawns. These pawns in the technology chess match between the U.S. and China are gallium and germanium, a pair of semiconductor metals used to make the computer chips essential to every facet of modern life. Before all the major news o... Full story

  • Copper cables used for electrical transmission.

    Copper is critical to almost everyone

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Everyone agrees that historically enormous quantities of copper are essential to wiring a world in which low-carbon electricity delivered via powerlines supplants fossil fuels pumped through pipelines as the energy solution of choice. The federal entity charged with compiling the list of minerals critical to the United States, however, disagrees with nearly every company, organization, and person associated with the clean energy supply chain on the criticality of the... Full story

  • Infographic showing US dependence on China and others for critical minerals.

    US minerals reliance raises red flags

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    Visual Capitalist infographic shines light on America's heavy reliance on China, others for critical minerals. A recent infographic produced by Visual Capitalist raises both figurative and literal red flags when it comes to America's reliance on imports for the minerals and metals critical to the nation's high-tech sectors, military readiness, and envisioned low-carbon energy future. While the United States' heavy dependence on other countries for critical minerals is not new... Full story

  • A fuchsia sunrise backdrops wind turbines and reflects off solar panels.

    Will US permit a clean energy transition?

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    The United States has rich deposits of copper, cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, rare earths, and other mined commodities needed to build the clean energy future. The often decade-long mine permitting timeline in the U.S., however, means that many of these domestic critical mineral sources will be hard-pressed to get developed in time to help meet the climate goals laid out by the White House. This extraordinarily long federal permitting process for large projects has global... Full story

  • A small dish filled with pinkish-red cobalt sulfate crystals.

    Oncoming cobalt surplus may ravage prices

    A.J. Roan, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    Still overshadowed by lithium but no less significant, cobalt falls within a unique category as a critical mineral not only for its properties but also for its controversial supply. As a fundamental component necessary for nickel-cobalt-manganese (NMC) lithium-ion batteries, cobalt warranted its place as a critical mineral vital to the zero-carbon transition due to the necessity of those batteries to power a clean, emission-free future. Its critical uses, however, go far... Full story

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