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Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

Search Called Off For Missing Miners

September 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nicaragua's government said it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.                         

Australian Company Buys $16M in Tintina Shares

September 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana.                              

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                                   

Judge Approves Sale Of 3 James River Coal Mines

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of three James River Coal Co. mining complexes to a subsidiary of Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining LLC.                                     

2 Former Mining Towns Try To Change Their Fortunes

August 26, 2014 3:39 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

Court Declares More Than A Decade Of Coal Allocations Illegal

August 25, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Supreme Court said Monday that all government allocations of coal reserves to private companies from 1993 to 2010 were conducted illegally, and it will hold a hearing to decide whether to cancel them.                         

Vectren Division Sale Costs 120 Mining Jobs

August 25, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Evansville-based Vectren Corp. says 120 southwestern Indiana coal miners will lose their jobs by month's end as the natural-gas utility completes the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary.                          

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Thousands Of Coal Protesters Form Human Chain

August 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.                             

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build are part of a controversial energy revolution they hope will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming.

Mexican Firm Complains About Spill Probe

August 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.                      

Testimony Ends In WV Surface Coal Mine Hearing

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Surface Mine Board is deciding whether to revoke a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest.                                  

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Coal Ash Measure

August 20, 2014 3:25 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State House and Senate leaders say that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.                             

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Billionaire Pays $1.5 Mine Fines

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.                             

2 Die In Mine Explosion, 25 Still Trapped

August 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.                        

Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

New Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

August 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.                           

BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

23 Trapped In Flooded Mine

August 14, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The official Xinhua News Agency says 23 workers are trapped after a coal mine was flooded in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.                                    

6 Injured in Mine Accident

August 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas.                          

Hundreds Turn Out For Pebble Mine Hearing

August 13, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.                      

Arkansas Lawmakers Oppose Emissions Rule

August 13, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Arkansas legislative committees approved a non-binding resolution opposing a proposed federal rule to lessen carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.                                 

Appeals Court Approves Permits For Upper Peninsula Mine

August 13, 2014 1:47 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula backwoods, the latest development in a 12-year legal and political struggle.      

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