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Norsk Hydro says Alunorte production embargo lifted
Published: 16 Jan 19
Norwegian aluminium-maker Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday that Brazil's northern state of Para has lifted a production embargo on its Alunorte alumina refinery, but noted that full production will not resume until a federal court follows suit. The plant is operating at half capacity after admitting early last year to making unlicensed emissions of untreated water during severe rains.
Vedanta tells top English court pollution case should be heard in Zambia
Published: 16 Jan 19
Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told England's Supreme Court on Tuesday that a case raised against the mining company by nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers should be heard in Zambia not London. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London last year but maintains a legal base in Britain, is appealing a lower court ruling that a case in which villagers alleged their land was polluted by a Vedanta unit could be heard in England.
Gold veteran says bigger may not be better as M&A blitz hits Gold veteran says bigger may not be better as M&A blitz hits
Published: 16 Jan 19
The $15-billion flurry of deal-making that will super-size the gold industry’s leading producers is no guarantee of better performance, according to an Australian miner who’s been outpacing larger competitors. Rising gold prices and a hunt to boost additional reserves of the precious metal have spurred Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold to acquire rival companies and add more operations. Their moves have stoked expectations that other producers will now also look to combine.
Mexico mining-union head turned senator reviewing contracts
Published: 16 Jan 19
Mexican mining-union leader and newly installed Senator Napoleon Gomez Urrutia is ready to take on companies that he says don’t pay enough taxes, pollute the environment and enjoy concessions he deems are too long. Mining shares tumbled. An old foe of Grupo Mexico, Gomez Urrutia is reviewing mining concessions in the country and thinks companies in the industry should contribute more to the government income, he said in an interview with Bloomberg News in Mexico City.
NUM to lead protest march in Pretoria over unpaid colliery mineworkers’ salaries
Published: 15 Jan 19
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Highveld Region will lead a protest march on Wednesday, in Pretoria, to demand the immediate payment of salaries owed to hundreds of mineworkers at the Optimum and Koornfontein collieries, in Mpumalanga.  
November mining production down 5.6% y/y
Published: 15 Jan 19
South Africa’s mining production decreased by 5.6% year-on-year in November. Statistics South Africa on Tuesday reported that the largest contributors to the decrease had been the iron-ore, gold, diamonds and other non-metallic minerals sectors.
Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO
Published: 15 Jan 19
Anglo American has promoted a section head it considers to have CEO potential, focusing its attention on internal talent as it begins searching for a successor to the man who steered the mining company through the 2015/16 commodities price slump. CEO Mark Cutifani has won plaudits for his stewardship since taking the helm in 2013, though his strategic ability has been questioned in some quarters despite Anglo shares climbing around 12% last year, outperforming London-listed peers including Glencore and Rio Tinto.
Trapped Indian miners presumed dead
Published: 15 Jan 19
After more than a month, 15 illegal miners trapped in a coal mine in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya are presumed to be dead even though the Supreme Court monitoring rescue operations said that “hunt must continue as miracles do happen”. On December 13, 15 miners were trapped 370 ft below in a coal mine in the Jantia Hills in Meghalaya when the mine was flooded. Coal mining in Meghalaya, though officially banned, but commonly known as ‘rat hole’ mining stemming from holes bored along the hill face, is rampant across the state.
IDM wins environmental approval for Red Mountain
Published: 15 Jan 19
Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has announced an environmental decision for the underground gold and silver mine that IDM Mining is proposing near Stewart, British Columbia. The Minister said that the proposed mine was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects if the 120 stipulated conditions were met.
Newfield Resources marks progress at Tongo project
Published: 15 Jan 19
ASX-listed Newfield Resources is, along with its technical partners PPM, SRK Consulting and Datamine, nearing completion of the front-end engineering design study for its Tongo diamond project, in Sierra Leone. The outcome of the study is expected to be released in the first quarter of this year.
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