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  • Weeds grow around a bullet-ridden road-closed sign in front of a bridge.

    Sources leak BLM's Ambler Road block plan

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Project proponents make midnight hour appeal for Biden administration to reconsider "irresponsible and unacceptable" permit decision for road. National media reports that the Biden administration is set to deny permits to build a 211-mile access road to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska has project proponents making a midnight-hour appeal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to adhere to laws that led to the formation of the 49th State and were meant to...

  • 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 drill tests a rich metals deposit from a mountain saddle above the clouds.

    Resolved to build Ambler Road safeguards

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Ambler Access Project Subsistence Advisory Committee passes resolution for policies to protect fish and wildlife, and keep road private. Leveraging nearly four decades of success when it comes to protecting and managing subsistence resources along the 50-mile road that connects the Red Dog Mine to a port on Alaska's west coast, the Ambler Access Project Subsistence Advisory Committee (SAC) passed a resolution to establish policies that will protect subsistence resources along... Full story

  • Drillers complete hole EZ-23-005 during a sunny August day at Nikolai.

    Eureka now hosts 8 billion lb of nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Alaska Energy Metals' 2023 drilling results in a fivefold increase in nickel within new resource. Incorporating the results from its inaugural drill program at Nikolai, Alaska Energy Metals Corp. has already outlined 8.1 billion pounds of nickel in the project's Eureka Zone, which is more than five times the quantity of this battery metal than was contained within the resource calculated last November. "With this updated mineral resource estimate, the Eureka deposit of the... Full story

  • Red, white, blue buildings reflect off pond at Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska.

    Red Dog awarded the Zinc Mark stamp

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    The world's first zinc mine to meet the high ESG standards to be awarded this mark of sustainability. Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Operations in Northwest Alaska is the world's first zinc mine to be awarded the Zinc Mark, a certification that the facility meets high environmental, social, and governance standards. Accounting for more than 4% of global zinc production – along with lead, silver, and germanium byproducts – Red Dog is the largest critical minerals mine in the... Full story

  • A Komatsu underground loader in a mine.

    SMS to sell Komatsu UG mining equipment

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Alberta-based firm is new Komatsu underground mining equipment dealer for Alaska and Canada. Mining companies in Alaska, British Columbia, and the Canadian territories will soon have another supplier of underground mining equipment. Alberta-based SMS Equipment has recently been selected as the official dealer of Komatsu underground hard rock mining equipment across most of Canada and in Alaska. "Komatsu and SMS Equipment have a shared goal of maximizing value to underground... Full story

  • Closeup of an Exyn drone equipped with lidar survey equipment.

    Exyn mapping tech put to the test at Pogo

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated May 8, 2024

    Recent study shows Exyn drones more safely collect higher quality survey data in half the time compared to traditional mine mapping methods. Exyn Technologies' drone-based mapping system is faster, more accurate, and infinitely safer than traditional underground mine surveying technologies, according to a recent study completed at Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo gold mine in Alaska. "[T]he data doesn't even compare," said Andrew Loomes, chief mine surveyor at Pogo. Exyn...

  • A photo overlooking the capital city of Yukon, Whitehorse.

    Whitehorse hearing to ban all mining in city

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    City officials hold meeting to discuss potential amendment to City Plan, includes complete prohibition of mineral exploration and mine development within city limits. In the face of the ongoing green energy transition, in which critical metals such as copper have been labeled as the "new oil," members of the public occupied every seat within the Whitehorse City Council chambers on Monday evening as it discussed the possibility of completely banning all mining activities...

  • A battery cutout with a voltage symbol being held up to an orange sunset.

    Graphite One selects Ohio for refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Secures former critical minerals stockpile site to build graphite processing and battery materials recycling plant. Graphite One Inc. plans to transform a former national defense critical minerals stockpile site in Ohio into a domestic source of the graphite anode material going into the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy. "Graphite One is delighted to announce that, subject to financing, we will be building our advanced graphite... Full story

  • The front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.

    Lift Pebble Mine ban or pay $700 billion

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Alaska & Northern Dynasty sue federal government over EPA's Pebble decision; state places hefty price tag on taking if mining ban not overturned. Both the Alaska Department of Law and Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. are suing the federal government over broken contracts relating to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to restrict mining activities at the world-class Pebble copper project in Southwest Alaska. "We are filing litigation to fully contest the EPA's... Full story

  • Front of Northern BC roadside store with two large jade boulders.

    Northern BC jade miners sue province

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Cassiar Jade and Glenpark seek reparations for financial losses due to being evicted from mining claims by Tahltan Nation, BC government. A pair of jade miners are taking British Columbia to court over monetary damages related to being evicted from their mining claims within the territory of the Tahltan First Nation in Northern B.C. In 2020, the B.C. government issued several orders under the provincial Environment and Land Use Act that sterilized and prohibited further... Full story

  • 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

  • Aerial view of drill rig testing for gold during the winter.

    Seabridge redesigns project mine plan

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Preliminary feasibility study envisions production of 2.5 million ounces of gold at Courageous Lake. Amid the recent surge of interest in mining lithium and rare earth elements, some companies exploring the Northwest Territories remain focused on gold. Seabridge Gold Inc., for example, is revisiting its long-held Courageous Lake Gold Project more than a decade after shelving an initial mineral resource estimate and preliminary economic assessment of the venture in 2012....

  • A snowcat with plow for grooming the winter road to the Goose gold mine.

    Goose gold mine costs now at $1 billion

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Underestimated costs in feasibility, inflation push development costs higher; mine remains on pace to pour first gold during Q1 2025. With construction ahead of schedule, B2Gold Corp. says its Back River gold project in Nunavut remains on track to pour its first gold early in 2025. Costs, however, are tracking approximately 30% higher than was estimated, which is expected to push the final price tag for mine development north of C$1 billion (US$750 million). Last April,... Full story

  • Banks of clouds above and below the Ascot mill on a winter day in BC.

    Ascot feeds gold ore into Premier mill

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 22, 2024

    The newest mine in B.C.'s Golden Triangle remains on pace to pour its first gold later this month. Ascot Resources Ltd. April 5 began feeding ore into the mill at Premier, marking the official start of a new era of production at this historical gold-silver operation on Nisga'a Nation Treaty Lands at the southern tip of British Columbia's prolific Golden Triangle. Premier, which lies about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Stewart, B.C., is home to a past-producing gold mine...

  • Alaska governor and energy analyst sitting in front of Alaska landscape photo.

    Dunleavy urges mine permitting reform

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Urges White House to streamline permitting process for domestic mines that will supply the minerals and metals needed for energy transition. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy leveraged the national platform offered by S&P Global's CERAWeek 2024 energy conference in Houston to urge the Biden administration to streamline the permitting for mines that will deliver a domestic supply of the minerals and metals critical to America's economy, security, and clean energy ambitions. "Our...

  • 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

  • Geologists standing next to a rocky outcrop with gold-bearing quartz veins.

    Junior seeks next Tombstone gold find

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Stratabound changes name to Lode Gold Resources Ltd.; plans to spinout Canadian gold assets and reports 2024 exploration strategy. In recent market buzz about the emerging gold district in southeastern Yukon, one junior says its promising assets have been largely overlooked by investors, resulting in its shares being significantly undervalued. Lode Gold Resources Ltd., known until January as Stratabound Mineral Resources Corp., says its name change signals ongoing growth and...

  • The welcome sign between the Alaska and Yukon Territory border.

    Yukon shows mining commitment at AME

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Yukon Premier and Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai and top officials in the territory leveraged the Association for Mineral Exploration's annual Roundup conference in Vancouver, Canada, as a platform to highlight the territory as a secure and stable investment jurisdiction with a wealth of mineral potential, as well as to promote the essential role of Yukon First Nations governments in resource development. A premier assemblage for thousands of geoscientists,...

  • A colorful sundog encircles the sun over a frozen plain in Canada’s North.

    Proven hunter scents possible gold giant

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    As Nunavut officials hail the Canadian government's recent decision to grant devolution to the country's newest territory, one junior explorer is planning to undertake a summer exploration program this year that highlights the extraordinary mineral prospectivity of the Far North jurisdiction. Toronto-based New Break Resources Ltd. recently reported encouraging assays from rock chip and grab samples recovered by an exploration team during a September visit to its Sundog gold...

  • A large rock sample with large veins of high-grade gold visible on the surface.

    Nisga'a Nation forms mine royalty company

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Nations Royalty is positioned to be Canada's largest business majority owned by a First Nation, significant player in realm of mining royalties. Leveraging royalties it has received through benefits agreements for mine projects in Northern British Columbia, the Nisga'a Nation is forming a Canadian First Nations mining royalty company for Indigenous people. The Nisga'a Nation's lands and treaty area covers nearly 27,000 square kilometers (10,400 square miles) at the southern...

  • Looking down on steel buildings and modular camp on a snow-covered landscape.

    First Premier gold pour slated for April

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Ascot raises $96.6 million to ramp Northern BC gold-silver mine to steady production; workers achieve impressive safety milestone. With the price of gold holding steady above $2,000 per ounce, Ascot Resources Ltd. is wrapping up the development of its Premier Mine and expects to pour the first gold at this newest iteration of the historic Northern British Columbia operation in April. "With project construction nearing completion and early commissioning underway, we eagerly ant...

  • A rind of green malachite (copper carbonate) covers rocks collected at Storm.

    Storm Copper resource tops expectations

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    American West Metals Ltd.'s 63-hole resource definition and exploration drill program at Storm Copper in 2023 has culminated in an inaugural resource estimate containing 452 million pounds of copper and 1.9 million oz of silver at this high-grade project on Nunavut's Somerset Island. Since optioning the project from Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. in 2021, American West has been systematically expanding the near-surface high-grade copper zones identified within a roughly...

  • A Northwestern Air Jetstream in Edmonton, Canada.

    Diavik plane crash leaves NWT reeling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Routine flight turns tragedy as six reported dead after crash; authorities, Rio Tinto seek to determine cause. A routine trip on a small Jetstream aircraft on its way to Rio Tinto's Diavik diamond mine turned to tragedy when the flight crashed shortly after takeoff near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. "We have been informed by authorities that a plane on its way to our Diavik mine, carrying a number of our people, crashed near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada,... Full story

  • A Canadian First Nation girl drives a virtual mining truck.

    TNDC unveils virtual HEO training center

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    New heavy equipment operator training center equipped with cutting-edge simulators to train Tahltan residents for careers close to home. Northwest British Columbia residents now have a safe and virtual environment for heavy equipment operator training thanks to the new TNDC Training Centre equipped with four simulators that was unveiled by Tahltan Nation Development Corp. at the AME Roundup mining convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 24. "We are thrilled to... Full story

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