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May 14, 2013

Kearney mine gets the go-ahead to reopen

Toronto Star /
May 14, 2013 - Electric car and fears of capped exports by Chinese mines have brought new life into the "biggest little town" of Kearney, Ontario. On Monday, Ontario Graphite Inc. announced it has final approval to re-commission the Kearney graphite mine, on the western edge of Algonquin Park, which could be up and running by November.

"Everyone's excited about the growth of the battery industry and specifically, electric vehicles," said Simon Moores, graphite industry expert and manager at Industrial Minerals Data. "That's what's driving the renewed interest in the last two years."

Roughly 80 jobs --- 60 to 65 of which the company says will be sourced locally --- will process one million tonnes of ore into 20,000 tonnes of high-grade, large flake graphite.