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  • Banner for Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2023.

    Policy holds back North of 60 potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Mining executives rank Alaska, Yukon, B.C., NWT, and Nunavut high on mineral potential; mining policy issues, however, weigh on "Investment Attractiveness Index" in latest Fraser Survey. While global mining executives ranked Alaska, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon in the top 20 when it comes to mineral potential, a not-so-favorable view on mining policy weighs on the investment attractiveness index of all these North of 60 Mining jurisdictions in...

  • Closeup of drill core with significant copper mineralization and veining.

    Brixton launches 2024 drilling at Thorn

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    BHP backed drill program is focused primarily on testing new porphyry copper-gold targets. Brixton Metals Corp. has launched a 12,000- to 17,000-meter drill program focused on testing several porphyry copper-gold targets across its 2,863-square-kilometer (1,105 square miles) Thorn project in Northern British Columbia. Having successfully completed an oversubscribed C$14.5 million (US$10.6 million) financing in November that included the participation by BHP Group, which holds...

  • Periodic table entry for uranium in neon blue.

    Exploring Alaska's largest uranium deposit

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Panther Minerals takes fresh look at Boulder Creek as a potential source of fuel for zero-carbon nuclear energy. With global leaders pledging to triple worldwide nuclear energy generating capacity by 2050 during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and the United States banning the imports of uranium from Russia, companies are scouring the globe for this zero-carbon energy fuel. This search includes Panther Minerals Inc.'s upcoming exploration of the Boulder...

  • Heavily mineralized rock with veining and orange, red, and purple colorization.

    US, Canada back Fortune's NICO project

    Shane Lasley|Updated May 17, 2024

    Marks first time ever that U.S. and Canadian governments co-invest in development of North American critical mineral projects. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are investing a combined $12 million into establishing a vertically integrated critical minerals supply chain in Canada that includes a mine at Fortune Minerals Ltd.'s NICO cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper project in Northwest Territories and associated hydrometallurgical refinery in...

  • The White House during a spring day in Washington, DC.

    White House actions boost Graphite One

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    From 25% tariffs on graphite imports from China to mining being eligible for $72B in clean energy loans, Alaska project gets good news from DC. Graphite One Inc. President and CEO Anthony Huston was among a select group of industry leaders in attendance when President Joe Biden rolled out his plan to levy heavy tariffs on a wide range of goods from China, including natural graphite. "I was honored to represent everyone at Graphite One in the meeting with President Biden,"...

  • Front of roadside store with two enormous jade boulders in the parking lot.

    Province orders halt to NW BC jade mining

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Mining companies say provincial order is final nail in the coffin for the NW BC jade industry. British Columbia has banned any new jade mines in the northwestern corner of the province and has given companies mining this semi-precious stone in the area a five-year window to wind down operations. Provincial concerns over jade mining in northwestern B.C. began after receiving a 2020 letter from the Tahltan Central Government demanding the government take immediate steps to shut...

  • A tanker truck delivers diesel over a winter ice road in Nunavut.

    B2Gold delays Goose gold mine start

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Company now expects to pour first gold in Q2 2025; is recalculating total development costs for mine. With mining falling slightly behind schedule, B2Gold Corp. now expects to pour the first gold at the Goose mine on its Back River project in Nunavut sometime during the second quarter of 2025, slightly behind the first quarter start originally anticipated. The company, however, also reports that its winter ice road project to deliver equipment, fuel, and supplies was a...

  • A drill rig sits above the clouds on a treeless mountain ridge in Alaska.

    NANA withdraws from Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Northwest Alaska Native corporation disengages from proposed road; will continue to defend right to build future road to the Ambler Mining District. The Ambler Road suffered another setback with NANA Regional Corporation's decision to withdraw its involvement with the proposed 211-mile industrial access to the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District within the NANA region of Northwest Alaska. NANA, which owns lands within the Ambler District enriched with copper, cobalt, and...

  • A drill tests for gold on a steep slope in front of a snow-capped mountain.

    Contango and HighGold strike merger deal

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Buyout will bring Johnson Tract into Contango Ore's pipeline of high-quality Alaska gold mine projects. In a deal that brings three high-quality Alaska gold projects into a single portfolio, Contango ORE Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HighGold Mining Inc. in an all-shares deal valued at roughly $37 million (C$55 million). "The combination of HighGold and Contango makes a tremendous amount of strategic sense for both sets of shareholders – it is a t...

  • Aerial view of a large Canadian Arctic mining complex during the winter.

    Agnico's Nunavut mines start 2024 strong

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Meliadine and Amaruq produce 223,500 oz gold; company encouraged by Hope Bay drill results. For Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., the remote but highly mineralized territory of Nunavut offers high rewards, as long as the high risks that come with building and operating mines in Canada's remote North are managed. Given the nearly 900,000-ounce-of-gold-per-year pace of production at its Meliadine and Amaruq mines so far this year, coupled with new gold discoveries that bode well for its...

  • 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
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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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 May 8, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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
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    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...

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

    Dunleavy urges mine permitting reform

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 May 8, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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