Boart Longyear to drill at Surge Battery Metals’ Nevada North project

Surge Battery Metals has contracted Boart Longyear to provide drilling services for the upcoming 2024 drill program at its Nevada North lithium project, southeast of Jackpot, Nev. “Boart Longyear is an industry leading provider of drilling services, and we look forward to working with them for the 2024 drill program. They have considerable experience in lithium claystone deposits, and we…

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Idaho Copper taps 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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Rio Tinto to keep Resolution’s copper in U.S.

A Rio Tinto senior executive said that the miner aims to keep all of the copper from its Resolution mine inside the United States should the long-delayed and controversial project win regulatory approval, reported Reuters. “Certainly if Resolution comes on stream, all of that copper we would like it to be sold in the U.S.,” said Bold Baatar, head of…

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Copper assets get boost from potential BHP-Anglo deal: Hudbay exec

The head of Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals said BHP’s recent bid for Anglo American has “increased the valuation of copper assets,” reported Reuters. “[It also] highlights that major mining companies believe the price for copper will be significantly higher than current levels and they are willing to pay a premium to acquire existing copper production today,” said Hudbay CEO Peter Kukielski,…

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Idaho Copper to update project PEA

Idaho Copper has recently hired three mining consulting and engineering firms to commence comprehensive core scanning and ore sorting programs designed to result in an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its copper-molybdenum-silver deposit in Idaho. “We are pleased to continue technical work for the CuMo project, and our goal is to have updated results to share with the public…

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South32 selects Arizona site for ROC

South32, owner of the Hermosa manganese-zinc mine, has selected Nogales, Ariz., as home to its remote operations center following a two-year analysis of options. Company officials said it made the choice after careful consideration of Hermosa’s county-wide planning and employment goals to retain the economic benefits of the project in the Santa Cruz County area. The selected location is 70…

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Ioneer Nevada project moves toward reality

Emerging lithium-boron producer Ioneer said it is one step closer toward construction at its Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada, following the Bureau of Land Management’s issuance of the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement.  The draft EIS is the first to be issued from the Biden administration as part of its efforts to accelerate domestic lithium production. “This news sets a…

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Signal Peak CEO signals potential mine closure

Signal Peak Energy President and CEO Parker Phipps told Yellowstone County Commissioners that unless it can expand onto federal land, Montana’s only underground coal mine could cease operations next year, reported local media. Phipps said the Bull Mountain mine is facing potential closure after U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy halted Signal Peak from beginning a 175-million-ton expansion until the Office…

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Surge Battery Metals lassos exploration deal for lithium project

Surge Battery Metals has concluded an entry and exploration agreement with the Salmon River Cattlemen’s Association (SRCA) that extends permission for Surge to commence drilling and other surface use on the parcels of SRCA private ground as the miner advances the Nevada North Lithium project. Surge holds fractional (25%) ownership of the sub-surface mineral rights of the parcels.  The miner…

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