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Mining News: Critical minerals order  12/31/2017
Following a U.S. Geological Survey report that identifies 23 minerals critical to the economic wellbeing and security of the United States, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling on federal agencies to devise a strategy to ensure America has reliable supply of these critical minera...

Mining News: Ucore hails critical minerals EO   12/31/2017
Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Dec. 22 said President Donald Trump’s executive order to ensure reliable supplies of critical minerals is a fundamental policy shift that is important to the company and its Bokan Mountain rare earth elements project in Southeast Alaska. The executive order signed by Trump on...

Mining News: Pebble Mine permits submitted   12/31/2017
The Pebble Partnership Dec. 22 submitted permit applications for the Pebble Mine project to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating the project review process under the National Environmental Policy Act. With roughly 56.8 billion pounds copper, 70.4 million ounces gold, 3.4 billion lb molybdenum an...

Mining News: Critical Graphite Creek awareness   12/31/2017
Graphite One Resources Inc. Dec. 21 said a U.S. Geological Survey report on critical minerals of the United States and an executive order to develop a federal critical mineral’s strategy highlights the importance of the company’s Graphite Creek project in western Alaska. The USGS report lists graphi...

Mining News: Pretium applies for Brucejack expansio  12/31/2017
Pretium Resources Inc. Dec. 21 announced plans to increase the production at its Brucejack gold mine in northwestern British Columbia by roughly 40 percent. The company has submitted an application to BC regulatory agencies to increase the mine’s production rate to 3,800 metric tons per day. The mil...

Mining News: Back River gold gets review board okay  12/31/2017
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. Dec. 20 reported that the Nunavut Impact Review Board has issued the final project certificate for Back River, allowing the company to advance the gold mine project through the final licensing and permitting stage. Sabina submitted the original environmental impact stateme...

Mining News: Alaska’s critical mineral potential   12/31/2017
The Trump Administration’s focus on securing domestic sources of critical minerals could help re-invigorate mineral exploration and mine development in Alaska. At least 15 of the 23 critical minerals identified by the U.S. Geological Survey – antimony, barite, beryllium, cobalt, fluorspar, gallium,...

Mining News: Quantum Pebble leap  12/24/2017
In a framework agreement announced on Dec. 18, First Quantum Minerals Ltd. was revealed as the major mining company that will complete the Pebble Limited Partnership. “We have made good progress in the partnering process and are very pleased to be in advanced-stage discussions with First Quantum, a...

Mining News: News Nuggets: South32 funds $10 million for Bornite  12/24/2017
With all seven holes that did reach target depth cutting highgrade copper, the 2017 drill program did not find the edges of the Bornite deposit. Highlights from the 2017 drilling include: RC17-0234 cut three high-grade copper intervals – 21 meters of 1.29 percent copper, 26.8 meters of 1.44 percent...

Mining News: Northern Neighbors: Skeena cuts deal for historic Eskay Creek   12/24/2017
Skeena Resources Ltd. Dec. 18 cut a deal with Barrick Gold Corp. to acquire all of the major’s interest in the Eskay Creek gold mine property in the Golden Triangle region of northwest British Columbia. Barrick has also agreed to make a C$1 million strategic investment in Skeena. Discovered in 1988,...

Mining News: Miners should follow pending reg changes   12/24/2017
For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of State of Alaska mining claims. This effort has been driven by some substantial issues that have arisen with the interpre...


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