Lithium is becoming more crucial in a warming world, but Maine’s huge deposits may never be mined because of environmental concerns

“If we want a clean energy transition, we’re going to need a lot of lithium, and mining is going to have to happen somewhere,” said Ian Lange, director of the mineral and energy economics program at the Colorado School of Mines, who has been ....
April 1, 2023

Big questions loom around EV tax guidance

But Ian Lange, director of the mineral and energy economics program at the Colorado School of Mines, said it could take up to a decade to permit and build processing plants that can be controversial and threaten nearby communities with pollution.
March 31, 2023

Solar installations light up athletics facilities, campus at Colorado School of Mines

Mines' multimillion-dollar investment in solar power, which included new arrays on the Korell Athletic Center, Steinhauer Fieldhouse and more, was the subject of a feature story in the March 2023 issue of Athletics Administration Magazine.
March 31, 2023

Construction stops on Idaho cobalt mine about to ship ore

Corby Anderson is an extractive metallurgy professor at Colorado School of Mines who previously helped develop the Idaho cobalt resource with a different company. He wrote in an email Wednesday, "The deposit Jervois was attempting to mine has been ....
March 30, 2023

How to foster US mineral trade with Africa

The Payne Institute for Public Policy's Brad Handler, Juliet Akamboe and Baba Freeman wrote this opinion piece about how the U.S. can build productive and sustainable business ties with African allies, on the eve of Vice President Kamala Harris' ....
March 28, 2023

We Could Start Mining the Moon in Just 10 Years

Kevin Cannon spoke with Popular Mechanics about the future of moon mining from the Space Resources Program in the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He explains why we’re hoping to dig up moon matter, and what the future of space ....
March 24, 2023

Researchers collect sediment in lake under Antarctic ice sheet

“It’s a little harder in Antarctica,” said Matthew Siegfried, a geologist at the Colorado School of Mines. “First of all there’s a big ice sheet above the lake that we’re interested in and then it’s far from pretty much everything. And so all of our ....
March 22, 2023

Samples from Front Range oil and gas wells detect seeping natural gas, benzene and other chemicals

A 2018 study funded by the National Science Foundation, done by Colorado School of Mines researchers and some of the researchers on the NETL analysis, found a high risk of failure among wells drilled before 1980, but the risk declined in newer wells.
March 22, 2023

Filling the hole Silicon Valley Bank left in the climate tech ecosystem

Brad Handler and Morgan Bazilian of the Payne Institute for Public Policy wrote this opinion piece about how a new risk appetite following SVB's collapse may impact project investments and the financial costs to climate tech startups.
March 15, 2023

EPA announces plans to regulate toxic PFAS "forever chemicals" for the first time, dozens of Colorado water systems affected

"I think it's a very important first step," said Dr. Christopher Higgins, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the Colorado School of Mines who has been studying PFAS for years. "The reality is these compounds have been used in so many ....
March 15, 2023

Colorado Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen: green energy a priority in tour of Colorado School of Mines

The focus was on green energy as Colorado Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen took a tour of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. While there, the Democrat representing Colorado's 7th Congressional District talked about developing the workforce in renewable energy.
March 14, 2023

EPA’s proposed change on PFAS limits would deem dozens of Colorado water sources unsafe

Federal officials signaled that the proposal would come last summer and their new proposal strikes a balance between amounts of the chemicals that are safe to consume and amounts that water providers can realistically detect, Christopher Higgins, a ....
March 14, 2023