In the news today and from the weekend…
- Utility Dive reports there’s no shortage of rare earth minerals needed to transition to a clean energy economy, experts say. The problem is getting them out of the ground — and out of China.
- Fastmarkets AMM reports Junior miner Lithium Americas is on track to begin construction of its Thacker Pass project in the United States in early 2022, chief executive officer and president Jonathan Evans told Fastmarkets on Tuesday June 15.
- Politico Pro reports a split federal appellate court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw a proposed preemptive EPA veto of the Pebble Mine in Alaska can be subjected to a legal challenge.
- Alaska Public Media reports a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska.
- E&E News PM reports a federal appeals court ruled that EPA’s 2019 decision to remove restrictions on mining in southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region is subject to judicial review.
- The Wall Street Journal reports as the U.S. and its allies chase China in procuring critical minerals essential for modern technologies, they face a major hurdle: a lack of companies and projects with an established record.