Category: From The Editor

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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Are Climate Extremists Losing Traction?

Voters in Australia and Canada have spoken against climate policies at polling places. BHP shareholders recently voted against a company policy to remove itself from pro-coal organizations at the annual general meeting;...

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Political Shake-ups Continue in Peru

As this edition was going to press, the Peruvian government was in turmoil. Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra moved to dissolve the Peruvian Congress. Things didn’t, however, work out as expected. The opposition-controlled...

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Don’t Blame Brazilian Miners for Wildfires

Millions were severely misinformed about the scope and severity of the wildfires in the Amazon by politically motivated bloggers during late August. They now believe that miners were responsible for the wildfires in Brazil,...

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Environmental Issues

Several surprising announcements were made recently in the U.S related to environmental policy. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision that duplicative financial responsibility...

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Putting Technology to Work

Gold crossed the $1,400/oz mark in June for the first time since August 2013. While that’s great news for those working in that sector, rising gold prices usually signal economic turbulence on the horizon, which could mean it’s...

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US Drags Its Feet on Mineral Policy

While thumbing through the news in this month’s E&MJ, readers will notice a few mining companies that are working with customers to attract investment for the supply of minerals rather than simply selling ore. As an example,...

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