New BLM rule ‘damages American energy security’: NMA

The National Mining Association (NMA) issued the following statement from Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO, on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to ban new coal leasing in the Powder River Basin, which is located in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana.. “At a time of deteriorating grid reliability, soaring electricity demand and ongoing concern about global energy shocks,…

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Epiroc opens surface mining center in Arizona

Epiroc has opened the doors to its new Surface Mining Competency Center in Tucson, Ariz., which the OEM is calling a significant strategic advancement. The new Epiroc USA facility features a 28,000-square-foot rebuild center and is set to support regional surface customers via aftermarket support, training and specialized technical assistance as well. Services offered include a range stemming from machinery…

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Ivanhoe Electric to support NAMES initiative

Ivanhoe Electric has announced a multi-year commitment for a $150,000 contribution to the Native American Mining and Energy Sovereignty (NAMES) initiative, part of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. “We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute to support the NAMES Initiative and its vital mission of empowering…

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MSHA chief calls on mining industry to remain vigilant 

MSHA Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson has penned the following open letter to the mining community. Dear Members of the Mining Community:Last year, as the mining industry experienced a troubling increase in fatal accidents, I asked the mining community to join the Mine Safety and Health Administration in identifying and eliminating safety and health hazards that can cost miners their lives.…

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Ontario boosts Critical Minerals Innovation Fund

The government of Ontario, Canada, said it is investing an additional $15 million over three years to expand the Critical Minerals Innovation Fund (CMIF), which supports local projects across the critical minerals supply chain. The funding will strengthen Ontario’s mining industry by assisting with research, development, and commercialization of innovative technologies, processes and solutions. Since launching in November 2022, the…

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Equinor obtains stake in lithium projects

International energy company Equinor said it has entered an agreement with Standard Lithium to acquire a 45% stake in lithium projects located in southwest Arkansas and east Texas, reported Reuters. Equinor will initially compensate Standard Lithium $30 million and cover project expenses up to $33 million. Potential future milestones could see the company pay an additional $70 million in aggregate…

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U.S. Gold attains operating permit for Wyoming project

U.S. Gold said its wholly owned subsidiary, Gold King Corp., has been issued a surface gold mine permit for the CK gold project in southeast Wyoming. In 2020, the company had pivoted from a purely exploration focus of its highly prospective assets in Nevada and Idaho to development of CK.  “Having previously been granted the industrial siting permit in June…

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Idaho Copper selects Veracio for core scanning

Idaho Copper has deployed Veracio’s TruScan core scanning unit at its CuMo copper-molybdenum-silver in Boise, Idaho, which will digitally scan and measure the metal grades of 60,000 feet of drill cores pulled over 20 years. The data collected will aid Idaho Copper in confirming previous laboratory analyses of the metal distribution within the core and compare the detailed scan results…

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