Honing skills at the Saskatchewan Mine Rescue Competition
The competency of mine rescue teams to act under immense pressure can mean the difference between life and death, but teams rarely get an opportunity to practice their skills until an actual disaster occurs – except at mine rescue competitions. In June, the Saskatchewan Mining Association held its 49th annual Mine Rescue Skills Competition, attended by 700 participants. As the association prepares for its celebratory 50th event, Heidi Vella asks how such tournaments help fine-tune fast reactions in dangerous situations.
Confronting corruption in Uganda’s mining industry
A new report by Global Witness alleges that Uganda’s mining sector is built on endemic corruption and mismanagement at the expense of the Ugandan people, environment and economy. What are the problems and what needs to be done to promote stability, fairness and corporate responsibility in the industry?
July's top stories: Glencore's $1.13bn acquisition, Rio Tinto signs MoU for Jadar lithium project
Glencore signed $1.13bn worth of agreements to acquire a 49% interest in the Hunter Valley Operations, Rio Tinto signed an MoU with the Serbian Government for the Jadar lithium-borate project development, and Barrick Gold completed the sale of stake in Veladero mine for $960m. Mining-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from July 2017.
Seafloor mining: the DeepGreen method
As resources dwindle, mining companies are increasingly looking to the sea to provide the minerals and metals we need. Environmental concerns hang heavy over deepsea mining, but Canadian company DeepGreen Resources is developing a new method to mine essential resources without any waste.
Can US coal mining make a comeback?
The revival of the US coal mining sector is a strong focus of the Trump administration, but critics are questioning whether that is possible in current market conditions. With demand in decline, and the price of renewably generated power becoming increasingly cheap, has American coal simply had its day?