Category: From The Editor

Always Consider the Source

We often joke that trade journals like Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) are the antidote for “fake news,” but it’s true. Most engineers are problem solvers and they have been trained to think critically. We evaluate...

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Musk Charges Forward With Battery Development

Tesla’s Battery Day event fell flat, according to the mainstream press. The truth is that Elon Musk unveiled new battery technology and discussed the hurdles the company’s scientists face. Instead of wowing the audience with...

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Travel Restrictions and Trade Shows

Steve Fiscor, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief As this edition was going to press, the National Mining Association (NMA) announced hard dates for the postponed MINExpo 2020 event (September 13-15, 2021). At the same time, the...

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EPA Moves Forward With Gold King Cleanup

They say gold loves misery and, so far, most would agree that 2020 has been a miserable year. Backing up that old adage, gold prices this month surged above $2,000 per ounce (oz). On a percentage basis, the price of silver...

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Nornickel Had a Bad Month

Russia’s Nornickel is the world’s largest palladium miner and one of the largest nickel miners. With palladium prices hovering around $2,000/oz, one would think this mining company would be set, and they were until a fuel tank...

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Learning to Live With COVID-19

Throughout this month’s edition of E&MJ, readers will note the continuing influence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Issues related to the pandemic are reported several times in the various news sections. It is a sign of...

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Return to Normal or Not?

Throughout the news section in this edition, readers will see examples of miners doing the right thing. This should come as no surprise, especially to those who have worked for or worked with mining companies. They genuinely...

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This Too Shall Pass

Here we are once again, staring at the teeth of the tiger. The last time was 2008 as the global financial crisis (GFC) was about to take down commodity markets and the economy with it. Many of the major mining companies, which...

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Coronavirus Fears Take Hold

The media hype surrounding the coronavirus was starting to build during the annual meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). By the time the annual meeting of the Prospectors and Developers of Canada...

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US Makes Sweeping Changes to Environmental Policy

The U.S. federal government is making more changes to clarify environmental regulations and the permitting process. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule to modernize its National...

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A New Decade Dawns for Mining

Looking back over the last decade, two questions emerge: What have we learned and what does the future hold? Annually, E&MJ publishes its Project Survey (See p. 20), which details the different stages of mining-related...

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Feds Learn to Deal With Permitting Changes

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) held its annual conference in Reno, Nevada, USA, during the first week of December. The event brings together junior miners as well as some of the majors, prospectors,...

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