Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

Former Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis, the current leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, is said to be the frontrunner to become Rio Tinto’s new chairman. People familiar with the matter told Sky News the South African-born businessman has held talks with Rio over the position held until the end of the year by retiring chairman Jan[…]

Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Indonesia’s military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to “destroy” mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their struggle for independence. Police say an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1,000 people in five[…]

Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

Armed separatists have occupied five villages in Indonesia’s Papua province, threatening to disrupt Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine, which has already been hit this year by labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights. A state of emergency has been declared and around 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the mining area[…]

New International Standard to reduce mining accidents

Light at the end of the tunnel – find out how a new ISO standard can help reduce mine accidents. Source: original ISO article. When an incident does occur in a mine, it can be hard to understand precisely what’s happened. Because many factors are at play, a wide range of accidents can occur. A[…]

Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

The rising number of exploration projects, equity and debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, indicates a renewed confidence in the junior sector. (Image: Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp.) After years of struggling following a drop in commodity prices, Canadian junior miners are seeing renewed confidence in[…]

Nova Scotia miners call for better balance in protected areas plan

The Mining Association of Nova Scotia is calling on the provincial government to strike a better balance between protecting jobs and protecting land. “While Nova Scotia’s mining and quarrying industry supports protecting natural lands for future generations, we also believe the provincial government’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan needs to strike a better balance between[…]

UNEP urges mining companies to better manage tailings facilities

The United Nations Environmental Programme released a report titled “Mine tailings storage: safety is no accident,” where the organization urges mining companies to put safety first and avoid erecting dams using methods that are known to be high risk. “The United Nations Environment Rapid Response Assessment on mine tailings looks at why existing engineering and[…]

New tool helps industry collect and share geoscience data

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is gearing up to launch the Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines, a practice that is expected to improve discovery rates of mineral exploration in Canada. The guidelines propose a uniform national standard for digital data submission for jurisdictional mine recording offices. “The idea behind the[…]

CHARTS: Mining's 2017 rally forecast to fizzle out

Gold’s retreat during September may be hurting sentiment and iron ore and coking coal prices have come in for renewed punishment, but so far in 2017 the mining sector has been able to build on last year’s strong gains. Gold and silver prices were just hanging onto double digit year-to-date gains at the end of Q3 while[…]

Nova Scotia miners offer more than $8,000 cash to students who can prove industry ‘rocks’

As a way of rising awareness and interest in mining awareness among junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, Canada, a provincial industry group is offering over $8000 in cash prizes to kids with some basic video skills. The Mining ROCKS! contest, now in its fourth year, hopes to inspire children to learn about[…]