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Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have received clearance from the US Congress to swap land with the government, allowing the companies to build a $6bn copper mine in Arizona.   The core of the legislation is exchanging 2,400 acres of land above the copper deposit, which is federally owned, for…
Wildcat Exploration and Doe Run Canadian Exploration have extended their Wildcat-Doe Run Canadian Exploration Alliance agreement beyond the initial two-year term.   Under the agreement, the companies will continue to work on the base metal discovery at the Island Lake property, which is located near the former Heath Steele mines…
Mining company Strateco Resources has filed a C$189.9m ($190m) lawsuit against the Quebec Government, seeking damages for the loss of its investment in the Matoush project.   According to the company, the loss occurred due to wrongful actions by the government and the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the…
Mining company Thompson Creek Metals and its joint venture partner Sojitz Moly Resources have agreed to suspend operations at the Endako molybdenum mine near Fraser Lake, British Columbia.   Operations will be temporarily suspended from 31 December due to continued weakness in the molybdenum market.   During this period, the…
Alpha Natural Resources' operating affiliates have announced the expiry of the worker adjustment and retraining notification (WARN) for eight coal mines in West Virginia.   According to the company, the mines and their 750 workers will continue to operate.   The sites under the notice include Highland Mining's Superior, Reylas,…
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