Sales commissions paid between BHP and its iron ore marketing company in Singapore are at the centre of the multimillion-dollar feud between the mining giant and the State Government.

WA junior Middle Island Resources has got the US$1 ($1.4) million it sought to advance plans to revive the Sandstone gold project in the East Murchison.

ASX-listed lithium miner Galaxy Resources has lifted its estimate of resources at its Mt Cattlin project near Ravensthorpe after drilling pointed to a stronger reserve.

Ramelius Resources Managing Director Mark Zeptner says the company is likely to take a spell from its feverish pace of corporate activity in the coming months to assess its newly acquired Tampia gold project.

BHP Group’s second-quarter iron ore production has fallen 9 per cent and the mining giant has flagged a US$600 million ($840 million) hit due to production disruptions at its copper and iron ore operations.

Premier Mark McGowan has personally urged BHP boss Mike Henry to cut a deal over a royalties rip-off that has short-changed WA by up to $300 million and went undetected for more than a decade.

Racing enthusiasts Ron Sayers and Peter Bartlett enjoyed the winners’ circle on Sunday as Ausdrill unveiled more than $170 million of new contracting work.

Sandfire Resources has approached fellow ASX-listed metals miner MOD Resources about a potential takeover.

The State Government is reportedly looking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in iron ore royalties owed to it by mining giant BHP.

Fortescue Metals Group’s removal of asbestos from about 3400 Chinese rail cars is being done without sufficient safety precautions, according to the union that represents rail maintenance workers.

BHP has refused to be drawn into a growing political stoush over its scrapping of an historic domestic shipping contract as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten extended his attack on the mining giant.