Volume 97 Number 41 Nov 28 - Dec 4, 2011

Mark Smith, Molycorp's president and CEO. For more than 24 years, Smith has been involved in the operation and development of the Mountain Pass rare earth element mine in southeastern California, seen in the background. Photo by Trish Saywell

Molycorp’s Mountain Pass: A made-in-America solution

In late October Molycorp (MCP-N) bused journalists from Fortune, Wired, Mother Jones and The Northern Miner, among others, down Interstate Highway 15 from Las Vegas to meet president and chief executive Mark Smith and tour the company’s…

Paul Moore, Buchans Minerals' vice-president of exploration, at the Buchans polymetallic project in Newfoundland. Photo by Ian Bickis

Buchans Minerals revives historic mine

The old Buchans mine headframe still stands tall at the end of Main Street in this small Newfoundland town. The structure is a constant reminder for the 750 or so residents that the town’s history is inextricably linked to mining.

Coeur d'Alene Mines' investor relations coordinator Carrie Cook and senior vice-president of exploration Don Birak at the Rochester open-pit silver mine in Nevada. Photo by Salma Tarikh

Coeur’s Rochester poised for a comeback

As the sun rises over the distant hills in Lovelock, Nev., we begin a short drive on Interstate Highway 80 before snaking up the paved roads to Coeur d’Alene Mines’ (CDM-T, CDE-N) Rochester silver-gold mine, located 41 km northeast in Pershing…

Lake Shore boasts 6.4M oz. resource

Timmins-focused junior Lake Shore Gold (LSG-T, LSG-X) had been aiming for a 6-million to 8-million-oz. gold resource by early next year. But the company has already achieved this goal by tabling initial resources for its Thunder Creek and…

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