Tailings issue halts Red Lake mill production
Elevated ammonia levels at a mine tailings
facility in Red Lake caused Rubicon Minerals to halt mill operations
at its new Phoenix Gold Mine.
The company reported it was ordered by the
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on Sept. 30 to
temporarily suspend mill operations to treat elev...
Mining lawsuit play-by-play
A Sudbury junior miner engaged in a lawsuit
against the Ontario government plans to keep its shareholders
well-informed during the trial.
Northern Superior Resources announced it will
post a summary of each day’s proceedings in a Toronto court room
beginning this week.
The company is see...
Palladium miner lays off 44 employees
North American Palladium (NAP) has laid off 44 employees at its Lac des Iles Mine 90
kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.In a statement, the
company blamed “weak metal prices” for the move. The eliminated positions
include 18 staff and 26 unionized positions; an additional 17 vacancies will
Orefinders digging into its stockpile
Orefinders Resources has completed its closure
plan for off-site custom milling of some mineralized stockpiles at
its Mirado Gold Project, near Kirkland Lake.
Three stockpiles were left behind on surface at
the former producing Mirado Mine, once operated by Gold Shield during
the late 1980s....
NORCAT investments pay off for training mine
Over the last six months mining supply
and services companies around the world have come knocking at
NORCAT’s door to take advantage of its underground training and
testing mine in Onaping.“Over the last year and a half we’ve
made pretty significant investments to enhance the infrastructure of
KGHM updates suppliers on Victoria project
KGHM International expects to have a
decision on full funding for the Victoria Project in the Sudbury
Basin by year’s end, along with a decision on whether to sink one
or two shafts, chief project officer Warner Uhl told close to 150
mining suppliers at an information meeting organized by the S...
Kap Gold signs MOU with First Nations, gets permits
Kapuskasing Gold has
signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with four area First Nations, while
simultaneously receiving exploration permits from the Ministry of Development
and Mines.Kapuskasing Gold
signed an MOU with Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree, Chapleau Ojibwe and Flying Post First N...
KGHM’s McCreedy West Mine to go on care and maintenance, Oct. 1
Low nickel mines have led to KGHM International
mothballing a Sudbury mine, according to the union representing
But the company’s flagship Victoria Mine
project should still move forward, despite the coming closure of its
McCreedy West nickel mine in Levack next month, according to
Detour Lake mine poured its one millionth ounce of gold
Detour Lake Mine poured its one millionth ounce of
gold on Sept. 16, approximately 30 months after pouring its first gold bar
on February 18, 2013.To mark this occasion, Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern
development and mines, local mayors, and Aboriginal leaders visited the Detour
Temex shareholders support Lake Shore bid
Temex Resources voted overwhelmingly for a plan to be acquired by Lake Shore Gold.In a news
release, Temex said 88 per cent of shareholders voted in favour of the deal,
which would allow for Lake Shore Gold to acquire all outstanding common shares
of Temex.Under the terms
Wallbridge joint ventures with Lonmin on Sudbury PGM project
has struck a joint venture agreement with global platinum player
Lonmin to earn up to 50 per cent interest in Wallbridge’s four
Parkin Properties if Lonmin spends $11 million on exploration over
the next four years.The Parkin Properties on Sudbury’s
north range includes the f...
Premier Gold cashing in for Hardrock project
Thunder Bay’s Premier Gold announced
it has received $11 million from Centerra Gold, its joint venture
partner to develop its gold mine properties in northwestern Ontario.The flow of capital is part of the
50/50 arrangement Premier and Centerra struck last March to advance
the Trans-Canada Prop...
Sudbury junior miner squares off against province
Barring a last-minute settlement, a
Sudbury junior mining company expects to be in a Toronto courtroom in
early October to take on the Ontario government in a potential
landmark case that could prompt revisions to Ontario’s Mining Act
concerning First Nation consultation.“I’d rather be talking ...
Wallbridge signs $11-million exploration deal
has signed an $11-million exploration deal with its joint venture partner, Lonmin Plc.The four-year
deal is an amendment from an earlier agreement centred on the North Range. Through
it, Lonmin has the option to earn up to 50 per cent interest in Wallbridge’s
four Parkin prope...
Ionic Engineering, Talos Steel join forces in Chile
Two Sudbury-based mining suppliers — Ionic Engineering
and Talos Steel — have joined forces to establish a presence in Chile.The new company, Ionic Tecnologias, will be
based in the country’s capital, Santiago, and represent the interests of both
suppliers.Ionic Engineering is an engineering and...
Provincial police investigating Detour Gold death
The Ontario Provincial Police is
investigating the circumstances behind the June 3 death of a Detour
Gold Mine employee.The company was notified, Aug. 31, that
the police were now involved with the Ministry of Labour at the open
pit mine site, 185 kilometres northeast of Cochrane.Ministry inves...
KGHM signs MOU with Métis Nation for Victoria project
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and KGHM International Ltd. have formally signed a memorandum
of understanding (MOU) to guide their working relationship with regards to the
development of the Victoria Project in Sudbury.“This agreement
is very important to the Métis people, because it guarante...
OPP investigating Detour Lake mine death
The OPP are
conducting a criminal investigation following the June 3 death of a worker at
Detour Lake gold mine near Cochrane.According to a
statement from the OPP, millwright Denis Millette, 52, was making a repair to
equipment at the mine that day when he was observed to be in “medical distre...
Converter part of company’s $1-billion Clean AER Project
Vale received the second of three new
converter vessels for its Copper Cliff Smelter Aug. 11 as part of the
company’s $1-billion Clean AER Project.The converter vessel weighs around 100
tonnes and is 14 metres long and 4.2 metres around. It is the second
of three converters that are fabricated ...
Northern Ontario Mining Showcase readies for 2016
The Northern Ontario Mining Showcase is
cashed up and ready to go for year three.
Those mining supply and service
companies interested in displaying their products and services at the
2016 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual
convention, as part of a regional pavilio...
Rock-Tech sets new standard in ultra-modern plant
Sudbury-based Rock-Tech is setting a
new standard for mining equipment manufacturing.A totally refurbished 31,000-squarefoot
manufacturing facility the company is moving into this month in
Sudbury’s Walden Industrial Park has been methodically designed for
maximum productivity, energy efficienc...
Rehabilitation efforts bring new life to Hemlo
Reclamation work being done by Barrick
Gold at its Hemlo property near Marathon has changed the landscape of
the former mining operation. Where once there stood a headframe,
access roads and outbuildings, there is now only a grassy plain,
accented by native trees and inhabited by a variety of w...
Musselwhite Mine becomes test bed for underground electric vehicles
It’s a head-to-head competition
between two electrical vehicle manufacturers with underground trials
being conducted at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine.The gold mining company is testing two
different models of electric utility and personnel carriers to
determine if they can replace their existing ...
Noront files updated Ring of Fire technical report
has filed an updated technical report for its Black Thor, Black Label and Big
Daddy chromite deposits located in the Ring of Fire.The company filed
an NI 43-101 resource report for the properties, which were acquired for $27.5
million from Cliffs Natural Resources in April, on ...
First Nickel goes into receivership
First Nickel Inc. has gone into receivership, the company
confirmed in an Aug. 20 press release.Employees at First Nickel's Lockerby Mine in Sudbury were
reportedly turned away Thursday morning at the gate and told the mine was
closed.After a poor financial showing the first quarter of 2015,
Northern College launches driller assistant program
Starting this fall, Northern College’s Kirkland Lake campus
will be offering a new diamond driller assistant common core program that will
train students to work as diamond driller assistants in both surface and
underground drilling environments.The diamond driller assistant common core program ...
Rehabilitation efforts bring new life to Hemlo
Reclamation work being done by Barrick Gold at its Hemlo
property near Marathon has changed the landscape of the former mining operation.
Where once there stood a headframe, access roads and outbuildings, there is now
only a grassy plain, accented by native trees and inhabited by a variety of
Noxious gas released from Sudbury smelter
A nitrogen dioxide leak at Vale’s
Copper Cliff smelter caused some tense moments in Sudbury.The noxious gas (NOx) was released from
the company’s acid plant during a maintenance shutdown, Aug. 13.Jody Kuzenko, Vale's general manager of
production services, said the gas – which is a mixture of ni...
Palladium miner finishes recapitalization
North American Palladium (NAP) announced Aug. 6
that it has completed its recapitalization program with Brookfield
NAP operates the Lac des Iles mine, northwest
of Thunder Bay, one of two primary producers of palladium in the
"The recapitalization is a major step
Mine Expo comes to Sudbury in August
successful inaugural year in 2014, the North America Mining Expo in
Sudbury expands to larger digs for this year’s show.“We basically outgrew the Hanmer
facility,” said organizer Glenn Dredhart, president of Canadian
Tradex, which organizes the conference. The expo, which runs
Aug. 19 ...
Mining contractor donates equipment to college
Heavy equipment students at Northern College
Timmins Campus now have hands-on experience in working with
specialized mining equipment after a donation from Dumas Mining
Dumas donated six pieces of equipment to the
college valued at $65,000, including three mine tractors and two
Storytellers and sponsors sought for bush stories website
Frank Racicot, a Sudbury-based
consulting geologist, prospector and filmmaker, has launched a
website to preserve and celebrate the bizarre and unusual stories of
what he fears is a dying breed of mineral explorers.The Canadian Bush Stories website
features dozens of videos of geologists, prosp...
Wildlands League asks for environmental review process for exploration
An environmental organization based in
Toronto says it worries about the environmental restoration in the
Ring of Fire after exploration work concludes in the James Bay
Representatives with the Wildlands
League, a chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, flew
over parts ...
Graphite is the “new black gold” of high-tech minerals
Amothballed crushing mill in Matheson
is being refurbished by a Toronto industrial minerals company with
the aim of processing flake graphite imported from South America.Great Lakes Graphite has struck a
five-year agreement with DNI Metals to procure graphite from Brazil
for shipment to the nor...
More trouble for snakebit Sudbury mine
A weekend underground explosion at First Nickel's Lockerby Mine in Sudbury on Aug. 2 resulted in minor injuries and smoke inhalation for one worker, confirmed the company's president and CEO.“There was an explosion this morning (Aug. 2) that resulted in a worker requiring a medical aid - nothing se...
North American Palladium posts second quarter loss
It was a tough second quarter for North
American Palladium (NAP).
The Toronto-based owner of the Lac des Iles
Mine reported an adjusted EBITDA loss of $4 million, a decrease of
$14.5 million compared to the $10.5 million during the same period
A tailings pond spill at the mine, 8...
Gowest acquiring more mining claims
Gowest Gold Ltd.
has entered an agreement with Crown Mining Corp. to acquire mining claims
adjacent to the past-producing Hallnor Gold Mine.Under the agreement,
Gowest would acquire 100 per cent interest in four patented claims totalling 64
hectares located in Whitney Township near Timmins.The ...
Bidding heats up for Temex
Lake Shore Gold announced July 16 that it has
submitted a proposal to Temex Resources to acquire all of the common
shares of its next door neighbour in the Timmins camp.
Under the terms of the proposal, Temex
shareholders would receive, for each Temex share, 0.105 of a Lake
Shore Gold share,...
Profitable fiscal year for Kirkland Lake Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold reported a healthy fourth
quarter and fiscal year-end results.
The northeastern Ontario mid-tier producer
reported a net and comprehensive income of $7.9 million for the
quarter and $19.8 million for the year.
Generated free cash flow was $7.9 million for
the quarter a...
Several rounds of layoffs expected at Lockerby Mine: union
First Nickel Inc.'s Lockerby Mine in
Sudbury will see several rounds of layoffs in the coming months, says
the union representing the workers.Anne-Marie MacInnis, the president of
Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor, said the company sent out layoff notices
to around 26 workers last week, and is expecte...
Sudbury mining supply pioneer Bob Lipic dies
Robert “Bob” Lipic, a pioneer in Sudbury’s
mining supply community, died July 4.
The cause is unknown. He was 70.
Lipic spent 50 years in the mining industry,
mostly recently as president and CEO of
Mining Technologies International (MTI), the
company he sold to Milwaukee-based Joy Globa...
Safety course to warn miners about dangers of radon gas
The Radiation Safety Institute of
Canada is planning a free course to inform workers and managers in
Ontario’s mining sector about the potential danger radon gas poses
underground.Radon is a heavy gas that is invisible and
odourless. After cigarettes, it is the second leading cause of
Marathon prospector wins award
Persistence and effort paid off for
Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was
recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake
niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s
owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which
earned him the Bernie ...
Mining group names new chair
Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s vice-president of operational
support for Canada-U.S., has been appointed chair of the Ontario Mining Association
(OMA) for a two-year term.Lauzier, the former mine general manager at Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position...
Ring of Fire junior picks mine-building boss
Steve Flewelling has been named Noront
Resources’ senior vice-president for mining and projects.
With more than 30 years of experience in
exploration, mine planning, construction and operations, Flewelling
was a mine manager for Falconbridge’s (now Glencore’s) Sudbury
operations for seven ye...
Province approve Ring of Fire miner’s EA work plan
Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister
Glen Murray has approved the amendments to the terms of reference for
Noront’s proposed Eagle’s Nest nickel and copper mine in the Far
North Ring of Fire.
It’s the first step in the company’s
environmental assessment process with much work to b...
Junior miner confident of progress in Ring of Fire
The head of the leading junior miner in the
Ring of Fire feels it’s getting close to obtaining provincial
approval to advance to the next phase of developing its nickel-copper
deposit in the James Bay lowlands.
Al Coutts, president and CEO of Noront
Resources, is expecting good news from the...
Mines more costly in Far North, finds report
It came as no
surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it’s more
expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a
new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold
mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
Cobalt’s Yukon Refinery back on care and maintenance
Citing financial difficulties,
Swiss-based United Commodity SA has suspended operations at its Yukon
Refinery in North Cobalt and terminated all but a few staff.
The company saw its shares on the
Stuttgart stock exchange soar to €22 in 2013, then plunge to €3.30
before being delisted, leaving...
First Nickel could shutter Lockerby Mine within months
First Nickel Inc.'s decision to halt
the development of its underground ramp at the Lockerby Mine in
Sudbury comes down to the price of nickel, said company president and
CEO Thomas Boehlert.And the Toronto-headquartered nickel
and copper mid-tier miner is closely evaluating in the months to