A great deal of exploration, assessment and consideration of logistical details must occur before a mine can begin operation—and once it does, there are many things that can impact its success. In Mining & Exploration, we look at the challenges that operating mines face and how they are adapting to meet the demands of new regulations and environmental standards. 

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The fleet of railcars will be capable of carrying iron ore from the Bloom Lake mine near Fermont to the port at Sept-Iles, Québec.
Mining Insider, Mines, Quebec Champion Iron acquires 735 specialized iron ore railcars for Bloom Lake mine for (US) $30.1 million

Bloom Lake has the potential to be one of the region's leading long-life iron ore mines and a major contributor to the national economy.

K+S Potash rail cars.
Mining Insider, Mines, Products & equipment, Global, Saskatchewan Rail cars arrive at K+S Potash Canada’s Legacy Project

The rail cars were designed by National Steel Car and feature industry-leading design suitable for the Legacy Project’s state-of-the-art facility.

Construction workers at the underground Brucejack gold mine, dressed in hi-vis suits.
Mining Insider, Mines, British Columbia New Brucejack Mine “Valley of the Kings” shows 8.1 million ounces of gold potential

Pretivm is constructing the high-grade underground Brucejack gold mine in northern British Columbia with commercial production targeted for 2017.

The twin towns of Michel and Natal were the original settlements in the Elk Valley.
History, Mines, British Columbia The struggles and spirit of Canadian coal mining towns

History of coal mining in Sparwood and the Elk Valley

by Jillian Clark
Ammolite is rainbow-coloured even in its raw form.
Exploration, Mines, Products & equipment, Alberta Korite finds rare gems in Alberta

Korite, a Canadian-owned, Calgary-based company is on a mission to colour the world with ammolite.

by Jillian Clark
CanAlaska's Nisku property is located in the Leaf Rapids area of northern Manitoba.
Mining Insider, Mines, Manitoba CanAlaska to commence drill program at Nisku Target

New large geophysical targets to be tested for copper-zinc mineralization

Hunter Harrison, new CEO of CSX Corporation.
Mining Insider, Mines CSX names E. Hunter Harrison as Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Harrison replaces Michael Ward, who announced his decision to retire as Chairman and CEO on February 21, 2017 and will become a consultant to CSX.

CanAlaska's project updates.
Mining Insider, Mines, Global CanAlaska March 2017 update: uranium, copper and diamond exploration

Multiple exploration programs planned including drilling at the North Ruttan Copper-Zinc project

Graphic from Scotiabank, showing the prices of industrial commodities.
Mining Insider, Energy, Mines, Global Digging deep into metals & minerals: Scotiabank Special Report

A renewed sense of optimism is expected in the global mining industry as industrial commodity prices are beginning to rise.

Picture of Cessna conducting aerial geophysical survey.
Mining Insider, Minerals, Mines, Technology, British Columbia Geoscience BC releases survey results indicating potential for new mineral deposits in B.C.

Results of Canada's largest airborne survey will stimulate mineral exploration in B.C.

Map of Montclerg Property.
Mining Insider, Mines International Explorers and Prospectors Inc. announces results from Diamond Drilling program

During the past months IEP completed diamond drilling programs totalling 3,965 metres on two properties funded by JEAP grants.

Diane Nicolson, chair of the AME board comments on BC Budget.
Mining Insider, Mines, British Columbia AME BC likes new 2017 BC Budget

The budget announcement demonstrates that the provincial government is aware of the significant contribution that mineral exploration and development makes.

Excavator on Sully property.
Mining Insider, Mines, British Columbia Kootenay Zinc starts drilling at Fort Steele’s “Sully” property

All geophysics and drill holes to date have helped the technical team better understand the nature of this exciting project.

#DisruptMining logo.
Mining Insider, Mines, Global Dragon-Den style #DisruptMining announces five finalists

#DisruptMining wants to showcase individuals, groups and companies that are using technology & concepts to tackle the challenges faced by the mining industry.

Don McLeod, Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inductee.
Mines BC miner Don McLeod inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

McLeod began his career as a pack-horse operator and miner’s helper in the 1940s, and went on to become founder of the Northair Group of Companies.

by Peter Caulfield
Picture of blue helicopter, with miner in foreground.
Mining Insider, Mines, Global US Mines produced an estimated $74.6 Billion in minerals during 2016

United States mines in 2016 produced an estimated $74.6 billion of raw mineral materials, a slight increase from 2015.

Picture of oil well silhouetted in sunset.
Mining Insider, Mines Positive trends for commodities in 2017: Scotiabank

Commodities are expected to broadly benefit from rising prices in 2017 after many averaged cycle-lows last year.

Paul Ransom points to Lakit Lookout, near Fort Steele, which could be the next big East Kootenay mine.
Exploration, Minerals, Mines, British Columbia Could there be another Sullivan mine-sized deposit near Fort Steele, B.C.?

Kootenay Zinc’s Paul Ransom has reason to be optimistic about the Sully project and its potential to be the next big Sullivan-style mine in the East Kootenay

by Kyle Born
The Madison property in Butte, Montana
History, Mines How to revive a gold mine

Broadway Gold Mining is looking to capitalize on an old mine’s success in Butte, Montana.

by Kyle Born
NOVAGOLD development.
Mining Insider, Company Profiles, Mines, Global NOVAGOLD reports excellent 2016 results: advances toward Final Environmental Impact Statement

The company provided updates for its flagship 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska and its Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in British Columbia.

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