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Mar 6, 2012

Uranium industry warms up after tough year

TORONTO, Mar 6 (Reuters) – A year after the worst
nuclear disaster since Chernobyl raised a red flag about the
future of atomic power, uranium explorers and producers are
starting to regain confidence in the industry’s long-term

Despite a sluggish spot price and fears that Japan might not
restart the 52 nuclear reactors it has shut down since last
March’s Fukushima meltdown, money is starting to flow back into
uranium equities.

Mar 5, 2012

Colombia to award mining concessions gradually

TORONTO, March 5 (Reuters) – Colombia will start
awarding mining concessions in 2013 under a new competitive
tender process and in the first year hand out a maximum of 20
percent of an area set aside by the government for mineral
development, a minister said on Monday.

The government will award the titles using various criteria,
including proposed exploration spending and how much a company
offers in terms of revenue sharing with the government, Mines
and Energy Minister Mauricio Cardenas told Reuters.

Mar 5, 2012

Rising costs expect to support metal prices

TORONTO, March 5 (Reuters) – Rising costs may prove a
blessing, not a curse, for the global mining industry,
threatening fresh supply and all but assuring that metal prices
will keep climbing even as companies scramble to protect profit

While supply-demand fundamentals vary widely across various
metals, experts speaking at the PDAC mining convention see the
rise in both production and construction costs pushing strong
metal prices ever higher. The prohibitive costs could crimp new
mines from coming on stream.

Mar 4, 2012

Tiny “bugs” may bring bonanza to Canadian miner

TORONTO, March 4 (Reuters) – A small Canadian miner
plans to enlist an army of ore-munching bacteria to help it
extract base metals from a shale deposit in northern Alberta,
embracing a technology that sounds more like science fiction
than a promising new mining technique.

Not only is the process already being used in Finland, its
proponents say it could one day revolutionize base metal mining
by allowing ore to be pulled out of shale deposits that were
once impossible to tap.

Feb 23, 2012

Molycorp swings to profit, warns on costs

Feb 23 (Reuters) – Miner Molycorp rose to a
quarterly profit on Thursday as it produced more rare earths and
rare-earth speciality products, and sold them at a higher
average price.

The Colorado-based company said it sees strong sales growth
over the next year, but warned that production costs would be
higher on rising chemical and labor costs.

Jan 30, 2012

Canadian values in spotlight after “honor killings”

TORONTO (Reuters) – The “honor killing” of three teenaged Canadian girls by members of their own family has prompted soul-searching in pro-immigration Canada, as it protects minority religious freedoms and upholds its liberal laws.

Muslim groups said their religion could not be blamed for the quadruple murder – an elder relative was also killed in the gruesome outburst of family violence.

Jan 26, 2012

Canadian Pacific operating efficiency weakens

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway (CP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research)
reported a 18.8 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income on
Thursday but an important measure of operating efficiency
weakened, a trend that will likely fuel demands by CP’s largest
shareholder for a new CEO.

CP, Canada’s second largest railway, said its operating
ratio rose to 78.5 percent in the quarter, from 77 percent in
the year-ago period. That compares with a ratio of 64.7 percent
for Canadian National Railway, the country’s largest.

Jan 23, 2012

Sino-Forest cease-trade order extended to Apr 16

TORONTO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Canada’s top securities
regulator said on Monday it extended the cease-trade order on
shares of Sino-Forest (TRE.TO: Quote, Profile, Research), the China-focused forestry
company accused of fraud, to April 16.

The Ontario Securities Commission requested the extension as
its staff interviews witnesses and reviews related documents.
The regulator is also seeking additional information from the
company’s independent review committee.

Jan 14, 2012

Mexico pipeline oil spill may take month to clean

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Two weeks after a pipeline leak in coastal Mexico sent oil gushing into a river, state oil monopoly Pemex has recovered about two-thirds of the spilled crude, but the full clean-up could take another month.

Mexico’s environmental protection agency, Profepa, is supervising containment of the 1,500-barrel spill that killed fish, injured wildlife and left greasy slicks in the Coatzacoalcos river.

Dec 20, 2011

TSX rises with commodity prices as data boosts sentiment

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto’s main stock index was up more than 1 percent on Tuesday morning as heavily weighted energy and materials issues got a boost from higher commodity prices, and investor sentiment turned positive on better-than-expected data out of Europe and the United States.

Energy shares led the way, rising 2.89 percent as oil gained nearly $3 a barrel on supply fears spurred by protests in Kazakhstan and worries that supply from Iran could be hit by sanctions.

    • About Julie

      "I currently cover mining and minerals out of the Toronto bureau, where I focus on uranium, silver, platinum, lithium and REEs. Prior to moving to the mining sector, I worked as an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile and before that, I freelanced in Eastern Europe and spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands."
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