Thacker Pass moving ahead after favorable ROD

Canadian miner Lithium Americas has confirmed a favorable ruling from the U.S. District Court for the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Thacker Pass operation in Nevada. The ruling from February 6 largely affirms previous decisions following challenges by environmental and other groups for the Humboldt County operation. “The favorable ruling by the Federal Court confirms the…

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MSHA reports on December 2022 fatality

MSHA reported that on Dec. 16, 2022, a contract mechanic at Signal Peak Silica of Atascosa in Poteet, Texas, died while removing the counterweight of an excavator, when it fell and struck him. This was the 29th fatality reported in 2022, and the 10th classified as “Machinery.”  MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: Block machinery components against motion…

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BCIT, Teck roll out welcome for Copper Innovation Hub

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and miner Teck have partnered for the Teck Copper Innovation Hub, a facility that will advance research and testing of antimicrobial copper. The Hub, located inside the BCIT Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, will use additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce healthcare devices composed of copper and composites, which have been proven…

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USGS: Nonfuel mineral production jumps $3.6 billion in 2022

U.S. mines produced approximately $98.2 billion in nonfuel mineral commodities in 2022 – an estimated $3.6 billion increase over the 2021 revised total of $94.6 billion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The information comes from the 28th annual USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries report, released January 31 by the USGS National Minerals Information Center. The report covers more than 90 nonfuel…

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American Lithium buys back final TLC Lithium royalty

American Lithium has entered into an agreement with Nevada Alaska Mining Co., an arms-length party, to buy back the remaining 1% gross overriding royalty on the miner’s TLC Lithium project, located northwest of Tonopah, Nev. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with the royalty holder to buy back this valuable royalty, which also ensures that the company…

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CONSOL Energy taps Thakkar for president, CFO

American coal operator CONSOL Energy has promoted Mitesh Thakkar to the seat of president, in addition to his current position as chief financial officer (CFO), as part of the company’s long-term succession planning. His promotion was unanimously approved by the CONSOL Energy board on January 19. In addition to his current CFO responsibilities, Thakkar will lead the teams responsible for…

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Guanajuato’s Cata mill restarts

Canadian-based miner Guanajuato Silver has confirmed the start of precious metals processing at the Cata mill at its Valenciana mines complex in Mexico as it advances big plans for the asset. Company chairman and CEO James Anderson said that, with the mill now operational, it is adding a third processing facility to its operational asset portfolio. The miner acquired the…

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