Field Notes
Oct. 17, 2013

This Week's Showcase: Meet APGO's Registration Team
As a regulatory body, a huge component of APGO is comprised of the Registration process. The work involves a multiple-step process that includes rigorous review of applications received, follow-ups and in certain cases, referrals to the Registration Committee for further review and consideration. Outside of this process, the Registration Team also handles all registration related questions that come our way via phone calls and emails. More

Listing of geoscience-related events and conferences across Canada
One of the things that our members regularly ask for is an update on geoscience-related events and conferences taking place in Ontario and across Canada. Click here for a list of geoscience-related events.More

Looking to share your expertise? Want to get published? Call for contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Field Notes, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of APGO, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

North America leads non-OPEC oil supply growth
Financial Post
North American crude oil production will power ahead in 2014 even as supply from other parts of the world falters, according to new estimates by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Canada is forecast to raise crude oil and liquid fuels production by 270,000 barrels per day next year, adding to the nearly-400,000 bpd of additional output this year, to reach 4.53 million bpd by the end of 2014.More

Prophecy Platinum looks to cut costs on Sudbury-area mine
Northern Ontario Business
A Vancouver-based junior miner will make a production decision next year on whether to restart a mothballed open pit base metals mine near Sudbury. Management at Prophecy Platinum are in the midst of re-examining an old feasibility study and the operating and milling costs for the Shakespeare Mine to determine if the economics make it worthwhile to proceed with the project. The nickel-copper-platinum group metals project is located 70 kilometres west of Sudbury.More

Deloro rehab continues
Quinte News
The provincial Ministry of Environment, in its 34th year of rehabilitating the former Deloro mine site in the Marmora, ON area, has just announced another phase. Ministry spokesperson Heather Hawthorne says the contract has just been awarded to build a second engineered cover in the industrial area on the site. It will be one-and-a-half metres thick and is aimed at keeping contaminants out of the ground water.More

Oil rises slightly on rising hopes for U.S. debt deal
CTV News
The price of oil rose slightly recently amid alternating hope and uncertainty about the looming deadline for U.S. lawmakers to reach an agreement over the government's borrowing limit and shutdown. Benchmark crude for November delivery rose 39 cents to close at $102.41 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the benchmark used to price international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, was down 24 cents to $111.04 per barrel.More

Project to mine data good for SNOLAB
Sudbury Star
In the global mining sector, loads of data is continually being generated at individual mines and mining projects, but there is little co-ordination of that information and making it available to others in the mining sector who could benefit. That long-standing scenario will soon end as a result of the establishment of a Mining Observatory Data Control Centre in a SNOLAB surface building located at Vale's Creighton Mine. Greater Sudbury-based Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation will lead the project.More

Mining a blockbuster
Northern Life
Robert Friedland is going Hollywood. The billionaire mining mogul has purchased a Hollywood film studio to make movies, but he's not ditching his bread and butter any time soon. Friedland's goal is to produce films that highlight the importance of mining and underscore the urgency of finding new ore bodies to satisfy the globe's growing appetite for metals.More

Intakes closed after 860,000 litres of sewage spill into Grand River
CTV News
It took only 35 minutes for approximately 860,000 litres of raw sewage to spill into the Grand River recently. Officials say the spill was caused by a malfunction at a pumping station in Waterloo. The spill began following a power failure, and sewage continued to pour into a creek that feeds the river until a failed transfer switch was repaired afterwards. The sewage passed through Kitchener and was expected to hit Brantford as well.More

Ministry of Labour conducts enforcement blitz
Sudbury Star
The Ministry of Labour will target hazards affecting the stability of excavations in underground mines during a blitz this October. The increased enforcement is part of the province's Safe At Work Ontario compliance initiative. Mining inspectors and engineers will visit underground mines to check that mines have proper control measures in place to prevent ground collapse, as well as rock bursts. They will ensure employers are complying with Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations for mines and mining plants. More

Ontario jobs driven to Quebec
North Bay Nugget
This has been a very badly kept secret. Ontario has been losing thousands of man-hours of work and natural resources worth thousands and probably millions of dollars. Highway 11 is being pounded daily by a flotilla of trucks, and in both Latchford and Temagami there have been concerns about pedestrian and traffic safety. It is known that the trucks are carrying mine concentrates from Sudbury to be refined in Noranda, QC.More

Iron ore deposits could be easier to find
The Australian
It may be best to strike while the iron's hot, but you've got to find it first. For many years, finding large deposits of the world's most important commodity after oil has been difficult and largely haphazard. Small iron deposits are common, but the giant deposits are much harder to find. The problem is that geologists still don't know how those huge ore bodies form and that makes it hard to look for them. But three new studies may help solve those mysteries.More

X-rays force a re-think on how Earth's core formed
The Conversation
Our planet's interior is complex and has many layers. Their formation and structure contain many unsolved mysteries. But new research is providing some clues about how Earth's internal structure may have evolved. In a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, a group of scientists led by Wendy Mao of Stanford University have shown how metallic iron may be squeezed out of rocky silicates at depths of around 1000 kilometres beneath the crust.More

China to shut down 2 coal mines each day
China's appetite for coal is insatiable. Of the 2.9 billion tonnes of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tonnes or 82 per cent. China now accounts for 47 per cent of global coal consumption — almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined. But even as the country burns coal at an astonishing rate, it is working hard at cleaning up the industry. The Chinese government will close at least 2,000 small coal mines over the next two years, the State Council said in a recent statement.More