Ranked as the mining industry’s overall leader in sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for a third year in a row was Newmont Mining Corp. Newmont’s inclusion on the index also marked the 11th consecutive year the company has been selected for the DJSI World.

To extend mining and increase life-of-mine production by 1.5 million ounces of gold, Kinross Gold Corp. announced Sept. 18 its intent to proceed with the Round Mountain Phase W project, pending completion of the permitting process, which is proceeding as planned, according to a press release.

Contact Gold Corp. completed staking and acquiring an additional 270 unpatented mining claims of prospective mineral tenure adjacent to the Pony Creek gold property approximately 16 miles south of Elko, the company announced in a release Sept 14. The acquisition represents a 30 percent increase in land. Contact Gold also acquired the Pony Spur property and the Poker Flats property. Total consideration for the acquisition of the Pony Spur and Poker Flats properties was $75,000 in cash and 112,500 shares in Contact Gold, with no retained NSR.

A crawler dozer with 20 percent more reverse horsepower joined Komatsu America Corp.’s offerings, the heavy equipment manufacturer announced in late September. The mining-class D375-8 dozer also features an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, structural enhancements for increased durability, improved suspended undercarriage, larger viscous cab mounts, and a new air-suspension heated and ventilated seat.

Nevada-based mining Bonanza Goldfields Corp. acquired the Columbus Mine, located north of the company’s Golden Gem Mine near Kingman, Arizona. The Columbus Mine is on the Idaho-Columbus Vein and historically was worked together with the Idaho Mine. Past sampling by the U.S. Bureau of Mines of one of the Columbus Mine winzes encountered gold, silver, zinc, lead and copper. The Columbus, Idaho, Broken Hills, Golden Gem and Payroll mines are among 14 mines in the BONZ Chloride portfolio on more than 500 acres.

Atlas Copco and Hecla Mining Co. partnered to research and develop the Mobile Miner 40V, and the first machine ordered will be delivered to the Lucky Friday mine in Idaho, according to a news release. The Mobile Miner family consists of powerful mechanical rock excavation machines, which are fully customizable. They use a steel disc cutter technique, packaged in a small and flexible machine.

To offer paid parental leave for all employees, mining and metals company Rio Tinto implemented a global minimum standard. The standard provides 18 weeks of paid parental leave at full pay following the birth or adoption of a child. To allow new parents maximum flexibility, 18 weeks leave was granted to an employee designated as the child’s primary caregiver. Employees who elect to be the secondary caregiver will receive one week paid leave in the first year following birth or adoption.

Barrick Gold Corp. donated a variable frequency drive to the Great Basin College electrical systems and instrumentation programs. The large drive will be an addition to the program’s small drives used for instruction and allow students to take apart the drive and break it down into specific sections. Barrick has been a longtime community partner with GBC and its Maintenance Training Cooperative.

Rio Tinto Kennecott announced Oct. 11 that an employee died as a result of sulfur dioxide exposure at the company’s smelter. The incident took place in the early hours of Oct. 8 when the employee was performing regular work duties to remove debris from a boiler and was exposed to sulfur dioxide gases. The employee was treated on-site by emergency responders and then taken to a nearby medical center for further evaluation and treatment. The employee died Oct. 10.

A cobalt mining operation and hydrometallurgical refining facility could be built in Idaho, pending mine financing. Capital Corp., U.S., a wholly owned subsidiary of eCobalt Solutions Inc., received an economic feasibility study that outlines the development of the Idaho Cobalt Project near Salmon, Idaho, and hydrometallurgical refining facility on a railhead in neighboring Blackfoot, Idaho.

The Gold Bar site got a green light after the Bureau of Land Management completed its analysis of McEwen Mining Inc.’s proposal for the mine. The Record of Decision was signed by the BLM on Nov. 7. The project will be located approximately 30 miles northwest of Eureka in the Southern Roberts Mountains and is expected to create 120 new jobs. Total project disturbance will be approximately 1,129 acres and includes an open pit gold mine with four open pits; mine access roads; waste rock disposal areas; crushing, screening, and agglomeration facilities; a heap leach facility; an adsorption, desorption, and recovery plant; and ancillary facilities.

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