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 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Modern mines must absorb social costs

Each July for the past four decades I have traveled to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute for the purpose of maintaining my credentials as a lawyer and to... — Updated 7/30/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Underground miner N95 mask Covid 19 hardhat hammer PPE interesting times

The times keep getting more interesting

Political differences, public demonstrations, a mortal pandemic, climate evolution, economic rebalancing plus a flood of other disasters have welled up over the past score of years to... — Updated 7/10/2020 Full story

 
Jim McDougall at Windy Craggy cobalt copper gold silver zinc deposit BC

It is time for a new look at Windy Craggy

N'tsi Tatay, more widely known as the Windy Craggy Project, is one of North America's largest resources of cobalt with excellent copper, zinc, gold, and silver grades hosted in an Upper... — Updated 6/5/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
President Donald Trump cuts regulation red tape

Alaska's miners need to go back to work

If I were to write a letter to the President of the United States, it would probably go something like this: Dear Mr. President – Notwithstanding the aggressive Executive Orders that... — Updated 5/28/2020 Full story

 
 By Corri A. Feige    Opinion
Bornite copper cobalt ore Ambler Mining District road Northwest Alaska

Stable economic future follows Ambler Road

As COVID-19 continues to create global economic hardship, it is reassuring to see steady progress on a project offering immediate and long-term benefits to Alaska's economy. The Ambler... — Updated 5/15/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Haul trucks at Kinross Gold Fort Knox Mine Interior Alaska

Mining is Alaska's workhorse industry

Since statehood at least and, to a certain extent, since the earliest territorial days, Alaska has depended on the development of its resources for its prosperity. Fishing and mining... — Updated 4/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Matthew Lasley    Opinion
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Trump EO is giant leap for space mining

On April 6, President Donald Trump issued an executive order for the United States government to work with industries on moving forward with space exploration, and the exploitation of... — Updated 4/24/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Opinion
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Coronavirus Effect blows wind of change

In what may be the world's grandest example of the Butterfly Effect, a microscopic organism in China has caused a hurricane of change for every person on Earth. For now, this change is... — Updated 3/28/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Geologist social distancing while exploring the Ambler Mining District Alaska

The future of mining in a changing world

In the current environment, it is difficult to avoid discussing the elephant in the room. Essentially, we need to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mining activities in... — Updated 3/26/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Alaska capitol building Juneau Alaska

Alaska's Legislature moves mountains

It is the very nature of the legislative process for the participants to endure conflict and controversy. Generally, the confrontations endemic to law-making begin when a citizen files... — Updated 2/28/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Regulatory burden relief gains traction

A priority of the Trump administration in 2016 was the reduction of the regulatory burden on America's businesses. Three years ago, the President signed Executive Order 13771, "Reducing... — Updated 1/30/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Opposition to Alaska mining is shameful

This author, in this column and elsewhere, has often taken the position that Alaska, especially in remote locations, is the safest, most environmentally-sound and worker-friendly mining... — Updated 1/10/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

The final entry of Captain Curt's log

In November 1996, a little over 23 years ago, I began writing quarterly mining news summaries for the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Shortly after that, I began writing monthly... — Updated 1/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Old mining risks yield to new concerns

As the year winds down, mineral industry evaluations for 2019 are being published at a rapid rate. One of the most interesting such global reviews is EY Global Mining and Metals' annual... — Updated 12/20/2019 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Mining flourishes in interesting times

If you pay any attention to the popular press, it is difficult to avoid critical references to President Trump. He has become the effigy for everything from political division to global i... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska exploration extends into mild fall

An abnormally long fall has allowed the Alaska mining industry to extend seasonal work well into mid-October, creating a lot of new information about project work conducted around the... — Updated 11/8/2019 Full story

 
 By J P Tangen    Opinion

Environmental NGO slanders Alaskans

If anyone has not yet read Mike Satre’s excellent editorial in the October 2019 edition of the Alaska Miner magazine they should stop what they are doing right now and read what he has... — Updated 10/31/2019 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

The elephants in Alaska are everywhere!

Alaska, like Canada to the east and Russia to the west, is well known for its elephantine mineral deposits. Recognition of those deposits surfaces regularly. Sometimes they are... — Updated 9/26/2019 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska mining traces erratic global trend

If you have watched the metals markets over the last month, you know why Alaska's mineral industry has surged, stalled, swerved, swooped, slowed, shelved and stuttered, sometimes all at... — Updated 9/26/2019 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska's topsy-turvy exploration season

As the rest of the country suffers through the Dog Days of summer, Alaska is approaching the end of a topsy-turvy summer season that saw unseasonably hot, dry weather in some parts of the... — Updated 9/6/2019 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Federal permitting delays are a scandal

It is no secret that much of the western United States was built on the back of natural resources found on federal land or within adjacent federal waters. Likewise, it is no secret that... — Updated 9/6/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion
Curt Freeman throws down rear earth element gauntlet

Freeman throws down rare earth gauntlet

Earlier this month Reuters reported that several agencies within the U.S. Federal government were "rapidly assessing" our domestic ability to mine and refine rare earth elements and... — Updated 7/26/2019 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Trump policy changes face challenges

One of the highlights of my July each year is attending the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute because mining lawyers and landmen from across the continent gather to hear presentations... — Updated 7/25/2019 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Metals feel love, explorers not so much

Earlier this month S&P Global put out a summary indicating that during the first quarter of 2019 metals like copper, zinc and nickel were up quarter over quarter by 11 percent, 22... — Updated 7/19/2019 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaska's regulations need streamlining

One does not have to be a septuagenarian to recall how things were before Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act into law. Whole industries used the commons for... — Updated 6/27/2019 Full story

 

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