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Tinkering with Title - Don’t Get Caught by Surprise
Thursday, December 17, 2015
On December 2, 2015, Bill 155, the Mining Amendment Act, 2015 (the “Bill 155”) was introduced in the Ontario legislature for 1st Reading. Bill 155 proposes various housekeeping amendments to the current Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990 read more »
The Paris Agreement - A Historic Climate Deal
Monday, December 14, 2015
Why should you care? The outcome of COP21 is of great interest to anybody in the energy, industrial and environmental sectors of the economy as the international community has finally reached an agreement showing global intention on behalf of the leaders of this world to fight climate change. read more »
Corporate Parent Liability: Litigation Risks for Resource Companies
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Traditionally, parent companies have been considered legally distinct entities and thus immune from the actions of their subsidiaries, a concept described as the “corporate veil”. read more »
Judge throws out multi-billion dollar Rio lawsuit against Vale
Friday, November 20, 2015
The mining lawsuit of the century ended with something of a whimper on Friday after a US judge dismissed Rio Tinto's lawsuit against Vale over rights to one of the biggest prizes in mining. read more »
US Congress grants citizens rights to own asteroid-mined riches
Thursday, November 12, 2015
After months of deliberation, the U.S. Congress has unanimously passed a legislation that establishes legal rights for citizens to own resources in outer space, which would ease asteroid mining companies plans. read more »
SME supports Congressional bill to fund mining schools
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to offer support to H.R. 3734, the Mining School Enhancement Act. The legislation addresses the absence of a viable pipeline necessary to replenish current faculty vacancies in U.S. mining schools. read more »
Court rules against conflict mineral disclosure law
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The US Court of Appeals ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cannot compel firms to declare their products rely on raw materials sourced from war-torn parts of Africa. read more »
Arizona Law Announces Creation of Global Mining Law Center
Monday, July 27, 2015
The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona has established the Global Mining Law Center, an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers on mining issues and miners on legal issues. read more »
Bill 55, An Act Respecting Transparency Measures in the Mining, Oil and Gas Industries (Québec), and Other Developments in connection with the Mining Act (Québec)
Monday, July 27, 2015
Announced in the last budget of the Province of Québec, Canada, Bill 55 specifies that it aims to discourage and detect corruption and to foster social acceptability of natural resource exploration and development projects. read more »
Aussie state change to mining rules could block planned projects - industry
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
The Australian state of New South Wales’ proposed modifications to its mining policies could force changes to planned projects, or even block them, by giving greater weight to social and environmental factors during the approval process, miners said Tuesday. read more »
Regulatory Uncertainty Plagues Indonesia’s Mining Sector Again
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
One of the weak points of Indonesia, one that seriously hurts the country’s investment climate as well as foreign confidence, is regulatory uncertainty. In 2009 the government of Indonesia introduced Law No. 4/2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining (New Mining Law) which caused a shock in Indonesia’s natural resources sector read more »
US Congress passes bill on space mining
Friday, May 22, 2015
The U.S. Congress has taken a step forward towards defining out-of-Earth’s property rights by passing this week a commercial space bill that would help asteroid miners delimit the scope of their businesses. read more »
Australia’s Prime Minister Abbott backs iron ore probe into BHP, Rio
Friday, May 15, 2015
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has backed a special parliamentary inquiry into the country’s iron ore industry, saying it was important to discover whether BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have behaved in a "predatory" way, severely affecting the economy. read more »
Canadian miners step up efforts to prevent tailings dam failures
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Seven months after the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic swimming pools from a collapsed tailings dam were dumped into lively waterways in Canada’s British Columbia, the country’s mining association (MAC) is getting serious on safety. read more »
From the West: Innovation helps mineral exploration
Friday, January 16, 2015
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s (AME BC) members in the B.C. mineral exploration community are leaders in project discovery, capitalization and development. read more »
Papua New Guinea new mining law takes away Rio’s subsidiary rights
Monday, August 11, 2014
Papua New Guinea’s autonomous region of Bougainville passed Friday a new mining bill that strips significant rights from Rio Tinto’s (LON, ASX:RIO) subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited (ASX:BOC). read more »
New attempt to reform the moroccan mining code
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
The mining industry has played a crucial role in laying down the foundations of Morocco’s economy. Virtually non-existent until after the First World War, the mining industry saw remarkable development from that moment on. read more »
Centerra digesting law prohibiting activities which affect glaciers
Friday, April 25, 2014
Centerra Gold says it is still unclear how a law prohibiting activities which affect glaciers will affect its operations. read more »
US Court of Appeals panel rules part of SEC conflict minerals disclosure rule unconstitutional
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On April 14, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that, to the extent the SEC conflict mineral disclosure rule requires entities to disclose that any of their products have “not been determined to be DRC conflict free”, the rule violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The Court upheld the rule against all other challenges.  read more »
Bolivia to revise new mining law
Friday, April 11, 2014
Bolivian President Evo Morales and leaders of the National Federation of Mining Cooperatives have formed a commission to quickly redraft at least three controversial articles of a new mining law adopted late last month. read more »
Rio Tinto demands carbon capture progress, but doesn’t want to pay for it
Friday, March 21, 2014
Rio Tinto’s energy division chief, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, said Friday the current climate change policy debate is idealistic and too focused on renewable energy and has urged governments to investment more in clean technologies, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). read more »
Côte d’Ivoire Adopts New Mining Code
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Parliament of Côte d'Ivoire adopted a new mining code (the "New Code") on March 5, 2014. The New Code marks a strategic shift for the Ivorian Government as, presumably inspired by the success of neighboring countries such as Ghana and Burkina Faso, it attempts to diversify its agriculture-based economy and take advantage of its rich mineral endowment.  read more »
South Africa approves law that gives state a 20% stake of oil, mining firms
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
South Africa’s controversial Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill became a law Tuesday, after the parliament voted in favour of the amendments, which include giving the state a stake of 20% in new gas and oil exploration and production ventures. read more »
How Mining Companies Fared in Canadian Courts in 2013
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
If you are interested in how mining companies fared in Canadian courts last year, you would do well to download and read the McCarthy Tetrault Mining in the Courts Year in Review Vol IV – March 2014 read more »
EU Proposes Regulation Regarding Voluntary Conflict Mineral Disclosure Scheme
Friday, March 07, 2014
On March 5, 2014, the European Commission announced its proposed strategy for transparency in the trading of conflict minerals, its effort to address issues similar to those targeted by the United States’ Dodd-Frank Act section 1502. read more »
SA, Egypt and Morocco only African countries reviewed in mining guide
Friday, February 21, 2014
Global law firm Baker & McKenzie’s newly released Global Mining Guide, which reviews the legal regulations and developments in 28 key mining jurisdictions, explores the mining issues of three African countries – South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. read more »
Indonesia Approves First Export Permits Under New Mining Law
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Indonesia’s trade ministry said it had approved permits for six companies to export processed mineral ore and refined metal, the first group of firms to be allowed to ship under a new mining law that took effect last month. read more »
Environmentalists slam government over failure on mining law
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A leading environmental group has slammed the Indian government for failing to get parliamentary approval for a bill that could have helped clean up the corruption-ridden mining sector and ensure mining firms shared their vast profits with local communities. read more »
Lack of critical minerals processing capacity U.S. ‘Achilles heel’ - Wyden
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
During a U.S. Senate hearing on the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, noted, “A crucial but too often neglected part of this [U.S. critical minerals] supply conversation is mineral processing.” read more »
Government Review of the CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector
Friday, December 13, 2013
On December 12, 2013, the Ministry of International Trade of the Government of Canada announced the commencement of a five-year review of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for the Extractive Sector, a strategy which was initially adopted in March 2009.  read more »
Romania says no to Europe's largest gold project
Monday, November 11, 2013
After months of street protests across Romania against Canada's Gabriel Resources proposed gold mine at Rosia Montana, the parliamentary commission appointed to rework the project rejected it. read more »
Disquiet in Québec as Govt Proposes Tax, Mining Law Changes
Friday, August 02, 2013
Like others across Canada, exploration and mining companies operating in Québec are suffering fierce economic headwinds and depressed metal prices, particularly so for gold. However, the gloom is doubly deep as concern mounts over the province’s newly proposed mining tax and Mining Act, both unveiled in May. read more »
Bill 43 (Quebec Mining Act)
Friday, June 21, 2013
On May 29, 2013, Bill 43, entitled the Mining Act (“Bill 43”), was introduced in the Quebec National Assembly by the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet. Bill 43 represents the current provincial government’s attempt to revise Quebec’s mining regime read more »
West African Countries Discuss Mining Law Alignment
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Four West African countries are discussing the alignment of their mining codes, tariffs and tax laws to assure mining industry investors, reports Dow Jones News. read more »
SME Files Petition for Rulemaking with SEC Over Industry Guide 7
Monday, October 29, 2012
The SME filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to amend Industry Guide 7. Industry Guide 7 contains the SEC’s basic disclosure policy for mining companies.  read more »
Preliminary Economic Assessments for Mining Projects
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published a new staff notice clarifying its position on several issues regarding the use and disclosure of preliminary economic assessments (PEAs) by Canadian reporting issuers in the mining sector (Staff Notice 43-307 Mining Technical Reports – Preliminary Economic Assessments).  read more »
HR 4402 Passes With Democratic Support. Could It Really Get Easier to Mine in the USA?
Friday, July 13, 2012
Yesterday, H.R. 4402 was voted on in the House and passed by 256-160. The bill is supposed to help reduce the United States' reliance on foreign sources of minerals. Here is a news release from the NMA. read more »
National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, H.R. 4402, is supposed to be debated in the U.S. House of Representatives by mid-July. Here's an email from the National Mining Association, which considers this bill a big step in improving the U.S. economy. read more »
Anvil Mining Goes to the Canadian Supreme Court
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Anvil Mining was accused of providing aid to soldiers of the national government; the soldiers were out of control and deaths ensued. I received this comment a short while back of my original posting. read more »
EPA Report on Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine
Friday, May 25, 2012
The draft report by the EPA on potential mining impacts on Bristol Bay by the Pebble Mine or any of the other seven potential mines in that part of Alaska is published. read more »
Failed Public Financings in the Mining Sector – Use of Economic Analysis and Confusion Around Preliminary Economic Assessments
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The failure and termination of several recent Canadian prospectus financings has highlighted the particular disclosure challenges that companies face in the mining sector, and in particular some recent confusion around the rules applicable to preliminary economic assessments (PEAs). (Osler) read more »
Design A Mine Waste Facility: Guidance From Wisconsin
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Wisconsin legislature has just posted a proposed new law on mining in the state. At 191 pages it is not a short read; but it is a must-read. read more »
BCGS New Publications
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Use of Portable XRF in evaluation of Rare Earth Element-bearing Phosphate Deposits; A KML file to Display Producing Mines in British Columbia at Any Range or Point of Time in the Last 160 Years; Using Regionated KML Files to Display the Status of a Large Number of Mineral Occurrences in British Columbia; Using Regionated KML Files to Speed up the Display of a Large Number of Regional Geochemical Survey Sites in British Columbia read more »
Monday, January 23, 2012
Geological Fieldwork 2011; Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2011; Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2011; Operating Mines and Selected Major Exporation Projects; Poster Highlights read more »
Natural Acid Rock Drainage in Colorado
Friday, December 23, 2011
This report, Natural Acid Rock Drainage Associated with Hydrothermally Altered Terrane in Colorado, examines the water quality and geology of several areas in Colorado exhibiting acid rock drainage (ARD) that is not caused by mining, but by nature. read more »
BC Geological Survey E-newsletter
Friday, December 16, 2011
Geology, Geochronology, Lithogeochemistry and Metamorphism of the Nimpkish-Telegraph Cove Area, Northern Vancouver Island & Surficial Geochemistry of the Galaxy Porphyry Copper-Gold Deposit, Kamloops, BC. And the new Chief Geologist & Executive Director of the BC Geological survey is ...  read more »
Yukon: Handbook of Reclamation Techniques and Mining Land Use
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This handbook has been prepared by the Yukon Government for use by operators conducting mineral exploration programs under the mining land use regime of the Quartz Mining Act. read more »
Securities Class Actions Increasingly Target Public Issuers in the Mining Industry
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act, and comparable legislation in other Canadian provinces (the Securities Acts), now provides a statutory right of action against public issuers, their directors and officers, and various related parties for misrepresentations or omissions affecting the price of the issuer’s securities on the secondary market. read more »
Mining one day, tourism eventually: BHP
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam project, set to be the world's biggest mine, could have a second life as an outback tourist attraction when it closes. read more »
Is British Columbia failing to plan for and close mines responsibly?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Mine Closure in any jurisdiction is fraught with difficulty. There are as many rules, and as many different systems of regulations, as there are mining locales. read more »
Amendments to NI 43-101 – “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”
Friday, June 10, 2011
On April 8, 2011, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published in final form amendments to National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and its related form of technical report and companion policy (NI 43-101).  read more »
Changes to NI 43-101 Become Effective June 30, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
On June 30, 2011 amendments to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) will become effective. There will be an updated and more flexible rule (“New NI 43-101”) in place for mining issuers. read more »
Canadian Taxation of Mining
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The following article was originally published in Tax Notes International. It talks about how Canada taxes mining activities. It identifies the taxes applicable to mining, describes how mining-related expenses are treated for income tax purposes, and more. read more »
California Earthquake Fault Zone Maps
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The index map identifies all Official Maps of Earthquake Fault Zones delineated by the California Geological Survey through December 2010 under the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act. Individual Earthquake Fault Zone Maps can be viewed on screen. Digital image files (pdf) and Geographic Information System files (GIS) of individual maps can be downloaded by selecting a specific quadrangle map. read more »
A History of Coal in Europe
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Timber Crisis; The Fuel of Last Resort; Medieval Coal and Coal Mining; The Prejudice against Coal; Renaissance Coal Mines; Coke; Wagon ways, Steam Engines, Canal Building and Coal ...
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In Congo, Diamonds are Whose Best Friend ?
Monday, January 10, 2011
This was my first trip to Mbuji Mayi. I knew it as Congo’s city of riches: the diamond mecca of the country. But whatever I expected is not what I found. read more »
Dispute Over a Protestor's Death at Hudbay Minerals' Fenix Mine
Friday, December 03, 2010
Perhaps a Canadian court is the only place to sort out the mess that is the story of HudBay Minerals, the Fenix Mine near El Estor in Guatemala, and the death of Adolfo Ich Chaman. read more »
No Prosperity Mine in British Columbia
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
If you live in British Columbia you probably know about the Federal Government’s refusal to allow Taseko’s Prosperity Mine to proceed. The reason: the mine would impact fish as a result of the use of Fish Lake for the mine tailings. read more »
Bill C-300 Fails: Reflections on Perfidy
Friday, October 29, 2010
The news is that the private member Bill C-300 failed to pass in the Canadian parliament yesterday. This bill would have allowed any agitator anywhere to accuse a Canadian mining company of anything that irritated the accuser read more »
Wireless Underground Communication Networks (WUCNs)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wireless underground sensor networks (WUSNs) create many interesting possibilities for new topologies. By their nature, most WUSN deployments will be three-dimensional topologies since underground communication will take place at a variety of depths. Creative topology design in these networks can promote power savings in the underground, inaccessible, power-limited devices comprising a WUSN.  read more »
Only Fools Pay for Wind Power
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It is unfortunate for the U.S., or any country, that the wind industry and politicians are unwilling to reveal the truth and the folly of wind power. Claims by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA.org) appear so grand, so let’s look deeper. read more »
Coal to Remain Key U.S. Source of Electrical Power
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Committing U.S. electrical utilities to the "25-percent Renewable Electricity Portfolio Standard" (RES or RFS) mandating that, by 2025, the U.S. generates 25-percent of its electrical power from renewable sources is a futile, unwise misdirection of financial, human, and technological resources on a backward, impossible mission. read more »
Resources and Reserves Reporting Standards: the CRIRSCO-GKZ Working Group
Friday, April 09, 2010
CRIRSCO in conjunction with the Russian Commission on Mineral Reserves have released a consultation draft of the GKZ–CRIRSCO Handbook which contains guidelines on alignment of Russian minerals reporting standards and the CRIRSCO Template. read more »
U.S. Coal mine fatalities since 1970 map
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
U.S. mine disasters map read more »
Switzerland geologist on trial for 'causing quakes'
Monday, March 29, 2010
The head of a geothermal energy company has gone on trial in Switzerland accused of damaging property by triggering earthquakes. read more »
China, Rio Tinto, and More Deaths by a Thousand Cuts
Monday, March 29, 2010
We note without comment this statement by Rio Tinto on their website regarding the conviction of executives for taking bribes... read more »
Texas earthquakes may be linked to wells for gas mining
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"The earthquakes were right in our backyard, and quakes don't happen too often in Texas," says seismologist Brian Stump of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, senior author on a Leading Edge journal study. "We usually only get small ones." read more »
QP: What's your method?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Selecting an appropiate commodity price; Reporting multiple cut-off grades; Appropiate level of support for selecting a cut-off grade; Definition of a pre-feasibility study; Disclosing third party estimates. read more »
The pan-European reserves and resources reporting code
Monday, February 22, 2010
The importance of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves in underpinning the value of any exploration and mining company is well understood; Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves are the primary assets and as such will form the basis for financial valuations supporting a listing. read more »
Roundup 2010: Mineral Deposits that Matter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Gold presentation was delivered by Jay Hodgson - he looked into big gold deposits. Silver deposits that matter were presented by Bob Quartermain. Copper and the global copper industry were next and an excellent presentation was delivered by Michael Doggett. Mark Selby talked about strategic thinking in global copper supply and demand. read more »
Platinex, $5 million, and the perils of Bill C-300
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"Ontario will pay mining firm Platinex $5 million to drop lawsuits against the government and a First Nations band and end a long-standing dispute." Is this story a tragic-comedy? read more »
Kazakhstan: A 'market economy'
Monday, December 07, 2009
With a Standard and Poor’s ‘investment grade' credit rating, Kazakhstan is considered a model transition economy, in overcoming the legacy of the Soviet centralized command economy.  read more »
Bill C-300 in the Spotlight and Gaining Ground in Ottawa to the Concern of the Mining Industry
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tomorrow there will be hearings in Ottawa on the private member-introduced bill called the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries—Bill C-300 for short. read more »
Disclosure standards for companies engaged in mineral exploration, development & production
Monday, November 09, 2009
The disclosure of the results of exploration and development activity on mineral properties must comply with the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange Policy Statement on Timely Disclosure, the Ontario Securities Act and all applicable policies and rules of the Ontario Securities Commission and any other securities regulatory body having jurisdiction over an issuer listed on the Exchange. In particular, the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 must be followed. read more »
Conservation and Native American Groups Challenge Bush-Era Mining Giveaways
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A coalition of conservation and Native American organizations today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. challenging two regulations issued by the Bush Administration that weakened the requirements for environmental and taxpayer protections on federal public land involved in mining operations. read more »
New Lawyers Strengthen Fasken Martineau’s Global Practice
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, confirmed today that it has bolstered its international mining and energy practice with the addition of a new high-profile legal team based in Paris.  read more »
Proposed Amendments to Coal Resource Classification
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The South African National Standard – South African guide to the systematic evaluation of coal resources and coal reserves (SANS 10320:2004) is an excellent guideline for the classification of resources and reserves, and as such, is embodied in the SAMREC Code. read more »
Canada's NI 43-101 - Change is in the Wind
Thursday, October 01, 2009
This article summarises the current reporting requirements and potential changes to Canada’s securities regulations, primarily National Instrument (NI) 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and its Companion Policy NI 43-101CP. read more »
Supporting a remote mining fleet
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The importance of the Sandvik operation headquartered in the city of Timika on the south coast of Papua (Irian Jaya),Indonesia, is such that it is an incorporated company, PT Sandvik SMC. This company was established purely for the Freeport business,which roughly splits 50/50 between underground and surface equipment. read more »
Planning for the future
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In the introduction to ICMM's Planning for Integrated Mine Closure: Toolkit, the authors describe planning for closure as being "about how to design a mine operation in order to facilitate closure. When a project is designed,there is a lot of scope to do so with closure in mind..." read more »
Steeling for a comeback
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
At the beginning of August, Macquarie Research described iron ore prices as being "in transition." Announcing "progress" in its 2009 iron ore price negotiations, BHP Billiton highlighted what it views as significant progress in the evolution away from iron ore pricing dominated by an annually negotiated benchmark price towards a "transparent" pricing system based on index (or spot pricing). read more »
The road to Grasberg
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Until Bechtel built the first road in the early 1970s, and Freeport Indonesia subsequently developed the area, subrivers were the only access inland to the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range on Irian Jaya that hosts what is arguably the greatest ore complex discovered in the world to date, the Grasberg and Ertsberg copper gold deposits. read more »
Kaftar Hona anthracite
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saddleback Corp was formed in 2004 and then established Saddleback Gold Corp in Tajikistan. It has offices in central London and in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan. The objective of SGC has been to build a diversified mining and exploration company by securing interests in mining and exploration projects in Tajikistan with a focus on coal and gold. read more »
The Coal Conundrum
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Coal is depended on for a variety of processes. Whether it's electricity generation, steel production or conversion into liquid fuels, it is a fuel on which our society is very dependant. Clean coal will take time and money before it can proliferate. In order to meet the demands that industry and society impose coal needs to be mined quickly and efficiently. read more »
HKEx Publishes Consultation Paper on Proposed Listing Rules for Mineral and Exploration Companies
Monday, September 21, 2009
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEx”) published a consultation paper on proposed new Listing Rules for Mineral and Exploration Companies on September 11, 2009 read more »
Frack Attack - Drilling Technique Under Scrutiny
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Four years after a widely used but controversial oil and gas production technology was exempted from federal regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress is taking another look at the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. read more »
Opal Mining & Prospecting in NSW
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So you feel like going out for fire opals in New South Wales? Then you better behave ‘cause the Big Brother’s watching you. read more »
ERCB Oil Sands Tailings Regulations
Friday, February 20, 2009
Comments on the new Alberta ERCB regulations pertaining to oil sands tailings impoundment closure and reclamation. read more »
Alaska Tailings in the Supreme Court
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The highest court in the land has chosen to hear the issue of whether the Kensington gold mine in Alaska may put their tailings into Lower Slate Lake read more »
Listing of Mineral Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange - Part 3
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is the third and last article in a series of articles which deal with the requirements to list on the Main and GEM Boards, as well as the specific requirements for mineral companies. read more »
Listing of Mineral Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange - Part 2
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is the second in a series of articles which deal with the requirements to list on the Main and GEM Boards, as well as the specific requirements for mineral companies. read more »
Listing of Mineral Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange - Part 1
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This is the first in a series of articles which deal with the requirements to list on the Main and GEM Boards, as well as the specific requirements for mineral companies. read more »
New Zealand Coal Mine H&S Update
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Zealand has an estimated six underground coal mines and three underground metaliferous mines. In the period 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2005 the New Zealand Department of Labor received 51 notificaitons of serious harm to employees working in underground mines. read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 6
Friday, September 12, 2008
The rights of a holder of a Mining Permit include rights to engage in mining activities in the designated area and within the term prescribed under the Mining Permit
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Flathead Coal Mining
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
It is a simple story about mining, high politics, and international diplomacy. It involves the citizens of Montana versus the people of British Columbia. read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 5
Monday, August 25, 2008
The rights of a holder of an exploration permit include: rights to carry out exploration in the designated area and within the prescribed time
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Alaska Mining Regulations
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Ballot Measure 4 may or may not affect mining in Alaska, depending on whom you believe. As fine an overview and assessment of current Alaskan regulations affecting mining are to be found at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources website. read more »
Uptime Maintenance Management
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management by John D. Campbell and James V. Reyes-Picknell tells how to do for mine and other industrial equipment what Toyota does as so eloquently extolled by Churchill. read more »
The Meaning of Long Term?
Monday, July 21, 2008
These terms are often carelessly bandied about in the mining industry: long term; on-going; foreseeable future; several centuries; perpetuity; forever; sustained. What really do they mean?  read more »
The Dutch Curse – Too Many Resources?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The April 2008 issue of SME’s Mining Engineering includes an article called "Why the resource curse is a concern". read more »
Consultants' Blogs
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Boarding a flight to Fort McMurray, a fellow consultant asked my opinion about what he called “Consultant Blogs.” Here are my ideas read more »
Alaska Mine Permitting
Monday, May 26, 2008
What is involved in permitting a mine? The answer varies depending on the type and location of your mine. read more »
Bill 43 & Mineral Tenure Compensation
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Here is an email I got today from the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia: On Thursday, May 8th, AME BC’s Board of Directors met jointly with the Policy and Land Use Committees to discuss and decide next steps concerning significant policy issues. read more »
ARD Permitting
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Environmental Literacy Council write on the topic of mine permitting and acid mine drainage: “Since the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act mining operators are required to present a plan for minimizing or mitigating acid mine drainage before they receive a permit to begin mining.” read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 4
Thursday, April 24, 2008
According to the “Provisions on the Administration of Gold Operating Permit’’, an applicant who wishes to mine gold must obtain a Gold Operating Permit. read more »
Permitting People
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Who should you put in charge of getting all the permits you need to mine? Because of my degrees, two in engineering and one in law, I have been involved in many a permitting process for new mines read more »
Compromise Reached Between Mining Company and Conservation Groups
Monday, April 21, 2008
An accord was reached between conservation groups and mining interests, ending an 18-year effort to stop the development of a large gold mine on Buckhorn Mountain in north central Washington State. read more »
Mining Permits
Friday, April 18, 2008
If you do not have the right permits, you cannot mine. Some permits necessary to mining are trivial; for example, get a permit to clear the timber to drill an exploratory borehole. read more »
International Council on Mining & Metals
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The International Council on Mining & Metals is not shy about their aims and objectives. They state them thus read more »
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and the National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) in early March 2008. read more »
SME Lawyers
Monday, March 03, 2008
It is always fun to sit in on those conference presentations where the speakers tell tales of corruption and incompetence and reveal their successes and failures while selling their services. read more »
Argentina Mining
Friday, February 29, 2008
Julio C Avila concludes his paper Mining and the Environment in Argentina: Analysis of controversial cases by stating: "... there is a conflict between the Argentina National Mining Code and some provincial “anti mining” laws" read more »
International Finance Corporation
Monday, February 25, 2008
International Finance Corporation applies to the projects it finances environmental and social standards to minimize their impact on the environment and on affected communities. read more »
Failure System Analysis
Friday, February 15, 2008
A number of times last year, at mines all over the globe, there was a failure: something happened and somebody died, or there was an environmental impact, and somebody was blamed, or fired read more »
Fuzzy Logic in Mining
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
A new paper in the InfoMine Library is by Bascetin Atac of the Mining engineering Department of the Istanbul University. In his paper, A New Approach for Decision Making Based Genetic Algorithm in Mining Operations, he describes the use of fuzzy logic methods read more »
Mining Religion
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Africans were the first to engage in mining 43,000 years ago. In 1964 a hematite mine was found in Swaziland at Bomvu Ridge in the Ngwenya mountain range. read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 3
Friday, January 25, 2008
A company wishing to obtain a Mining Permit must make an application in accordance with the requirement of the ‘‘Administrative Measures on Registration of Mineral Resources Exploitation”. read more »
NIOSH Research Initiatives
Friday, January 11, 2008
A sober view of the future of mining emerges from the May 2007 NIOSH report on future mine safety and health research. The report identifies these issues as deserving attention read more »
Tailings Due Diligence
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Here are some guidelines for a due diligence examination of a mine waste disposal facility. read more »
Case Studies in Mine Management
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Here are two case studies I copy from the newly discovered website of element CMC, a Perth-based management consulting company serving the mining industry. read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 2
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Anyone wishing to engage in exploration activities relating to mineral resources in the PRC must obtain an Exploration Licence before commencing those activities. read more »
Inferred Resources
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Most of us involved in the minerals industry are well aware of the definition of an Inferred Mineral Resource as described in the South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (SAMREC Code). read more »
LeaseControl Software by Maxwell GeoServices
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
LeaseControl is a software product designed by Maxwell GeoServices for worldwide land tenure management. read more »
Data Mining - Mine Safety Data
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sean Dessureault and his students and colleagues at the University of Arizona, Tucson are advancing the state-of-the-art in mining mine data. read more »
Mining Law Course
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is planning a course on mining law to held the week of May 12, 2008 in the greater Denver area. read more »
Chinese Mining Law - Part 1
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
All mineral resources of the PRC are owned by the State under the Mineral Resources Law of the PRC which came into force as of 1 January 1997.  read more »
Red Chris Mine
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Imperial Metals Corporation is the owner of BCMetals Corp which in turn owns the Red Chris Copper-Gold property in northern British Columbia. In 2005 the BC Ministry of the Environment gave their approval of the project. read more »
The Diamond Studded Roadmap
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
In 2005 the Diamond Act (Act no. 56 of the 1986) of South Africa was amended to increase both the availability of rough diamonds as well as participation through the value chain in South Africa. read more »
Asia Pacific Mining Forum
Friday, October 05, 2007
Here are some lessons learnt at the Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals, which took place recently in Vancouver. read more »
Heap Leach Pad Law
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes reside on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, located in north-central Montana. Two cyanide heap-leach gold mines are located outside, but near the southern boundary of, the Fort Belknap reservation, in the Little Rocky Mountains mining district. read more »
Blue Hills and Glencairn
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Here is a story of what happens when you take over a mine and forget to do due diligence. And even if you did good due diligence, you may still get caught in the jaws of the United States environmental liability laws. read more »
Boka Gold
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
By now you must have read the news that Southwestern Resources is suing its ex-CEO for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and insider trading after realizing that he altered assay results from the Boka Gold project in China. read more »
Los Pelambres and the El Mauro Tailings Dam
Monday, August 27, 2007
This is a tale that is still unfolding. The truth is well hidden by all concerned, for there are billions at stake. read more »
Mining Law
Friday, July 27, 2007
On the table outside the meeting rooms of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation meeting in Vancouver, July 2007, were free copies of Mining in 32 Jurisdictions Worldwide read more »
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute Vancouver - Conference Report
Monday, July 23, 2007
The 53rd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute gathered in Vancouver, July 19 to 21, 2007 to discuss the laws that affect mines, mining, and the oil & gas industry. Here is a brief report. read more »
Skill-Rite Consultants
Friday, June 29, 2007
If you plan or operate a mine in Indonesia or those parts of the world drawing on Indonesian skills, you may wish to consider the services offered SKILL-RIGHT. Here is what they do read more »
Consultant Proposal Fees
Monday, June 04, 2007
A radical proposal to start the week: do not pay consultants to prepare proposals for your mining projects. You reply: but we do not. This is only partially true. read more »
Project Management Software
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Of the many e-newsletters that come my way, that by METHOD123 is by far the most informative. Here is a cut and paste from one of their most recent ones. read more »
Drugs in the Mine Workplace
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We have all heard of those ridiculous US court decisions where some careless woman gets a huge award from McDonalds because she drives away with hot coffee in her lap and proceeds to spill the coffee. Now from a Canadian court we get as stupid a ruling. read more »
Sullivan Mine Death
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This is a sad story. This is why accidents happen on mines and people die: ten silly little things happen, each is trivial and insignificant in and of itself read more »
South African Mining Law
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Here is an edited version of a report that recently appeared on the Mail & Guardian online: The Italian owners of two granite firms are suing South Africa for €266-million (about R2,5-billion) read more »
Exploration Health and Safety
Friday, April 27, 2007
In 2006 six people died in Canadian mine exploration accidents. The Canadian victims included a geologist whose head was hit by a helicopter blade, two drillers and a pilot killed in a helicopter crash and a linecutter mauled by a grizzly bear.  read more »
Sustainability Assessments
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Another piece that just arrived. Kudos to those who wrote it but did not append their names. The International Council on Mining and Metals took a further step towards sustainable mining and corporate accountability last year read more »
Ecologically Sustainable Development
Friday, April 20, 2007
On first blush you might ask what the case of Gray vs. The Minister for Planning, and Taralga Landscape Guardians vs. The Minister for Planning have in common, other than the reference to the Minister. Answer: ecologically sustainable development (ESD). read more »
Australian Stories - Norm McCleary
Monday, April 16, 2007
David outwits Goliath. All our hearts beat with anticipation at the victory of the small, brave hero over the faceless mass-horde opposition. read more »
Mining Fraud
Monday, March 26, 2007
Mining Fraud and Mining Investment from the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources, Division of Minerals provides links to papers and sites on mining fraud. read more »
Montana Mining
Friday, March 23, 2007
The idea started in Montana and now is spreading across the west: no new mining unless you can prove up front that you won’t need perpetual water treatment when you shut down. read more »
Friday, March 23, 2007
Should your mine choose litigation, mediation, or arbitration? The Economist of February 3, 2007 notes that JAMS, America’s main mediation and arbitration service, has more than 200 full-time “neutrals” on it’s books. read more »
Terms of Employment
Monday, March 19, 2007
In these times of shortages of skilled personnel for all aspects of mining, staff move around fast in order to better their careers. The downside is that they may take with them company knowledge and other employees. read more »
Emissions Caps
Friday, March 16, 2007
Opposition won’t impress anybody. Only positive suggestions based on reality are of any potential value. This clarion call for leadership is prompted by the news that Caterpillar read more »
Mining Classifications
Monday, March 12, 2007
Here is sound advice on classification systems for mining. There is no magic in this advice, but we do survey much thinking and argument on the topic. read more »
Adams Mine Landfill
Friday, March 09, 2007
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is intended to facilitate trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Parts of the Preamble state that the governments of the three nations resolve via the agreement to read more »
Miller Thomson LLP
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Miller Thomson LLP was the only law firm at ROUNDUP 07 in Vancouver, BC in January 2007. They were surrounded by a plethora of drilling companies, helicopter providers, digital map makers read more »
USA vs Canada re Coal
Monday, March 05, 2007
How would you decide in a dispute (fight, war) between the United States and Canada? Now miners can express their opinion on an international struggle between the two nations over issues fundamental to the mining industry read more »
SNC vs. Suncor
Friday, February 23, 2007
A mining engineer without a lawyer at his side is half naked. A mining company without its posse of lawyers is left in the dust. read more »
The New Prohibitionist
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Georgius Agricola, in 1556 in De Re Metallica writes: The earth does not conceal and remove from our eyes those things which are useful and necessary to mankind read more »
Wind Power and Mining
Friday, February 16, 2007
Depending on your aesthetic sensitivities it is the most beautiful site in all the world or the ugliest. I refer to a large wind farm. read more »
Mine Insurance Costs
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
How much will it cost you to insure your mining risks? The easiest way to find out is to contact an insurance company and ask them to give you a quote read more »
Political Risk Insurance
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
What is PRI? As always the best definition of Political Risk Insurance (PRI) is at Wikipedia read more »
Climate Change and Insurance
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The Scientific American names Swiss Re Business Leader of the Year. I suspect this is based primarily on their e-publications on the implications of climate change and hence insurance costs. read more »
PowerPoint Presentations re Alberta
Friday, February 02, 2007
PowerPoint presentations at conferences are a perfect opportunity to snooze in the dark after a heavy lunch. If you keep your wits about you, you can even follow the talk and pick up a pointer or two for future action. read more »
Mines & Communities
Friday, February 02, 2007
Chicken curry and two beers at a fancy restaurant in Vancouver paid for by the mining industry. I discussed with my co-diner: education of mining engineers; shutting down university departments of mining engineering; the ethics of mining read more »
Monday, January 29, 2007
“They produce the best quality stuff in the industry.” I would not know—and have no personal opinion about the quality of the product. This quote is from an old antagonist against whom I argue much, with whom I generally disagree, but whose opinion I always respect. read more »
Midnite Mine Record of Decision
Friday, January 26, 2007
Now there is only one document you need to read to get most of the story about the Midnite Mine in Washington State. read more »
Friday, January 12, 2007
A paper on the impact of mining in Pakistan is a welcome change from the normal. It appears that quarry operations to supply Islamabad are affecting the aesthetics of a range of hills. read more »
Mining and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Thursday, December 28, 2006
A blog-like review of the 2006 mining industry, mining technology, and the twelve days of christmas, and prospects for mining in 2007.  read more »
Mining Law
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I stood in the foyer on the twenty-something floor of one of the tall buildings in Vancouver and peered through the floor to ceiling glass of the north wall to the mountains, the sea, and the multi-activity facets of human nature spread before me. read more »
Sustainable Development
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
If you are interested in the philosophy of mining here is a veritable Eden of information. The message reproduced below is from an email I received. read more »
Project Management Organization
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Does your organization need a Project Management Organization (PMO)? On one project that I worked on, we had a matrix structure organization with the individual site managers along the top, acting in essence as a PMO read more »
International Mine Valuation Methods
Monday, December 18, 2006
How do you put a dollar value on a property not unlike a moose pasture that returned some metal grades after few drill holes? Or an area with several holes with encouraging grades? read more »
Wisconsin Mine Reclamation
Friday, December 15, 2006
“Successful reclamation means the restoration of all areas disturbed by mining activities including aspects of the mine itself, waste disposal areas, buildings, and roads and utility corridors read more »
Mining Accounting
Thursday, December 14, 2006
There are four big accounting firms. They provide services to the mining industry. Here are links to the mining pages of each of the big four and lists of their recent publications read more »
Mining For Closure
Monday, December 11, 2006
It seems such a simple idea, that you must at first wonder why anybody would write or read over 100 pages on the topic of designing a mine for closure, particularly when the document, Mining for Closure read more »
Ringwood Mine
Friday, November 24, 2006
If ever proof were needed that a mine closure plan is needed and that this plan should include some form of post-closure care, the following story provides it. read more »
Knowledge Wiki
Monday, November 20, 2006
Here is your chance to advance the cause of mining and the cause of justice. There is no way we can make a positive contribution to Wikipedia on the issue of mining and international law as it relates to mining. read more »
West Virginia Coal Mining History
Friday, November 17, 2006
You may agree or disagree with the conclusions of the story; I leave that to you to decide. But I urge you to at least read the story even though it appears in a PhD thesis dissertation for a doctorate of philosophy in history. read more »
United Nations on Mining
Friday, November 17, 2006
I must bring your attention to this site. I have not previously come across it, and write about it so that you too can access it, if like me you have not yet had the pleasure. read more »
2006 U.S. Elections and Mining
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Here is the only piece I could find on the potential impact of the mid-term US elections on mining. I enjoyed it, so I repeat it in the hope you may too. read more »
Belmah Strategies (Malaysia)
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
As good a reason as any for the mining engineer to travel to Malaysia (and who would pass up such an opportunity), is to consult with Belmah Strategies. read more »
Project Communication
Friday, November 03, 2006
Method123 distributes a fortnightly newsletter that must be amongst the best in the genre. Here are some pointers to better project management from the most recent issue read more »
Law Library
Friday, November 03, 2006
Need I say more? The best law library on the web? Go to the Madcom Law Library. read more »
Mining and Freedom
Monday, September 11, 2006
This is a tribute to miners everywhere. These thoughts are prompted by ideas that kept recurring as I walked the decks of the USS O’Kane, a destroyer moored in Pearl Harbor. read more »
Sustainability Dialogue
Monday, September 11, 2006
On a late summer Sunday, I stopped my bicycle at the apex of the Lions Gate Bridge (Vancouver, Canada) and paused to take in the view and wave at the cruise ships as they cleared the bridge en route to Alaska. read more »
Cigars and Nickel
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
If you like cigars, you may enjoy this piece. If you do not like cigars, you may agree with some of the points I make. If you invest in nickel, you may have a contrary opinion. read more »
Core Practice Partners
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
The concrete plant hummed twenty-four hours a day. The cranes and blondins swung fast and furious to-and-fro without ceasing. My first job out of college was on the concrete crew building a big dam in a remote part of Africa. read more »
Voting Tools
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I cannot but resist bringing your attention to the site for Sharpe Decisions Inc. On the topic of risk assessment this is what they say read more »