Reading Roundup - September 15

BSNC invests $2M in Graphite Creek drilling project near Nome

By Ava White, KNOM, September 14, 2023

Thanks to a $2 million investment from Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), the Graphite Creek deposit is inching one step closer to being developed by Graphite One. Future investments are on the horizon with the BSNC Board supportive of the economic benefits the project can bring to the region. The USGS believes the Graphite Creek deposit could be the largest graphite deposit in the nation.

Guest column: American mining offers opportunities for Gen Z

By Rich Nolan, The Mercury, September 8, 2023

An article by Rich Nolan (President & CEO of the National Mining Association) serves as encouragement to Gen Z to pursue a career in mining. By 2029, an estimated 221,000 mining workers will be retired, making space for the next generation to lead the industry.

5 Radioactive Products We Use Every Day

Office of Nuclear Energy, September 12, 2023

We all have an idea of what we think radioactive materials look like. Atoms, nuclear reactors, radiation therapy, and others. But what about gemstones or smoke detectors? Read more to find out which everyday objects are radioactive. Hint - you likely have all of them in your home right now.

How Big Oil’s wastewater could fuel the EV revolution

By Hannah Northey and Shelby Webb, E&E News, September 12, 2023

Oil & gas companies are getting creative with a solution for the large amount of briney wastewater produced each year (there are billions of barrels just waiting to be utilized, to be exact). With a looming lithium shortage and lack of domestic production of the mineral, major producers are launching pilot projects to extract lithium from brine.

Lithium deposit found in the US may contain 120 million tons

By Sejal Sharma, Interesting Engineering, September 12, 2023

Volcanologists have released news of a discovery of up to 120 million tonnes of lithium in a volcanic crater called the McDermitt caldera along the border of Nevada and Oregon. Studies show that the lithium inventory found is likely greater than that of the Bolivian salt flat, which was once considered the largest lithium deposit in the world. This is huge news for the sustainable energy industry amidst concerns of a global lithium shortage.

Chevron Buys Into World’s Biggest Hydrogen-Storage Plant in Utah

By Kevin Crowley and David R Baker, Bloomberg, September 12, 2023

In a string of commitments from oil & gas producers to commit to real-world projects to lower their carbon emissions, Chevron New Energies has purchased a 78% stake in the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Utah. The project is a first of its kind clean hydrogen and energy storage facility that will combine 220 megawatts of alkaline electrolysis with two massive 4.5 million barrel salt caverns to store clean hydrogen.

A rendering of the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project salt caverns. Source: Mitsubishi Power


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