Volume 97 Number 1 Feb 21 - 27, 2011

The village of San Antonio de Quicha Chico near Stonegate Agricom's Mantaro phosphate deposit, 250 km east of Lima, Peru. Photo by Stonegate Agricom

A closer look at phosphate and Stonegate Agricom

Rising food prices have turned the conversation in many mining circles to increases in potash demand. Potash juniors have benefited as a result, and have ranked as some of the best performers on the TSX Venture Exchange over the last month.

Spot Prices (February 21, 2011)

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 Precious MetalsPrice (US$/oz.)Change Gold $1372.25+18.25 Silver $30.72+1.30 Platinum $1840.00-13.00 Palladium $837.00+9.00 Base MetalsPrice (US$/tonne)Change Nickel $28827.00-45.00 Lead $2640.50+1.00 Copper $10066.25-93.75 Zinc…

Drill rigs at Midway Gold's Pan gold project in White Pine Cty., in east-central Nevada. Photo by Midway Gold

Midway positions Pan for production

Using the Pan gold project in Nevada as a springboard, Midway Gold’s (MDW-V, MDW-X) president and chief operating officer Kenneth Brunk is intent on transforming the company into a producer. 

Positive economics for Romarco’s Haile

Just three years after acquiring the Haile deposit in South Carolina, Romarco Minerals (R-T) has completed a positive feasibility study that demonstrates the project would have one of the lowest operating costs and highest grades of any…

Cliffs Natural Resources' Black Thor chromite project near McFauld's Lake in northern Ontario. Photo by Cliffs Natural Resources

Cliffs says Ontario’s electricity prices are too high

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF-N) is warning that high electricity rates in Ontario are forcing it to widen its search for a location to build a proposed ferrochrome production facility that will use a closed electric arc furnace to treat ore…

US budget folly

U.S. politics veered into the surreal in mid-February, as U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a deficit-laden, US$3.73-trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2012 that completely ducks the critical issue of unsustainable spending by the U.S….

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