North America

US-based Lydian International has secured approval of the mining right for the Amulsar gold project in Southern Armenia.   Lydian's 100%-owned subsidiary Geoteam CJSC received the approval from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia.   Following the approval, which represents the final stage of the mining permitting…
Callinan Royalties has signed an agreement with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, a wholly owned subsidiary of HudBay Minerals, in order to end a litigation process Callinan started in early 2007, and to commence a new relationship with Hudbay.   The value of the settlement ranges from a minimum of…
Canada's Diavik Diamond Mine operator Rio Tinto has approved the construction of a fourth pipe at the remote sub-Arctic Diavik mine site.   Estimated to cost $350m and take four years to complete, the A21 kimberlite pipe development located south of Diavik's existing mining operations is said to be part…
The US Federal District Court for Alaska has granted Northern Dynasty Minerals' Pebble Limited Partnership's (PLP) request for a preliminary injunction in its litigation against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   The EPA says that the company's proposed Bristol Bay copper-gold mine project in Alaska would violate the US…
Diversified base metals mining company Lundin Mining has commenced commercial production at Eagle mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, US.   The mine is said to be a high-grade nickel-copper mine, which began operations in September 23 ahead of schedule. The company claims the achievement was made within two…
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