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The Risks Of Retreat Mining

May 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.                             

238 Dead In Coal Mine Explosion

May 14, 2014 9:31 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The last worker rescued alive emerged from the mine around dawn, a government official said on condition of anonymity because she didn't have prior authorization to speak publicly to journalists about the issue. As of 3:30 p.m., it had been about 10 hours since anyone had been brought out alive.

3 Miners Killed During Strike

May 13, 2014 11:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tension is rising in South Africa's platinum mine sector, where police are struggling to keep order after three miners working in defiance of a strike were killed in separate incidents.                      

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2 Deaths In WV Coal Mine Collapse

May 13, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal officials say two workers died when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations.                                     

Coal Ash On The Road

May 7, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Divided Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and asphalt, approving legislation that would reclassify certain hazardous wastes for "beneficial use."                      

Mining Resurgence In The Iron Range

May 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining companies have clawed iron out of northern Minnesota since the 1880s. First it was high grade ore, then lower grade taconite. After years of tinkering, one company figured out an innovative way to economically process the still-lower grade ore left behind.

Death Toll Climbs To 12 In Mine Accident

May 5, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More bodies have been pulled from a collapsed gold mine in southwestern Colombia, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to 12.                                    

Miners Seek Review Of Coal Dust Rule

May 5, 2014 10:18 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mining industry is seeking a court review of the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                               

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3 Dead, 15 Missing In Mine Collapse

May 2, 2014 10:45 am | by LIBARDO CARDONA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers were searching for at least 15 people missing after a gold mine collapsed. Authorities said three dead bodies had been recovered.                                 

Coal Operator Sues Obama Administration Over Dust

May 2, 2014 10:33 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the Obama administration, claiming that new federal regulations to cut the amount of coal dust in coal mines are overly burdensome and costly to industry.                        

152 Citations Handed Out During MSHA Mine Inspections

May 1, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six citations and five failure orders were issued at Peabody Midwest Mining LLC's Francisco underground mine in Gibson County, Indiana.                                       

Authorities Seize 75K Tons Of Iron Ore In Mexico

May 1, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Mexican federal official says authorities have seized a ship loaded with more than 75,000 tons of iron ore in the Pacific port of Manzanillo and are investigating if the mineral was stolen by a drug cartel.           

15 Dead In Coal Mine Collapse

April 30, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The governor of Samangan province, Hirullah Anush, said two other miners were missing in the collapse Wednesday morning in the remote district of Dara Seuf. He said the bodies of the 15 workers were recovered from the rubble.              

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Gold Mine Death Investigation Begins

April 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety regulators are investigating the death of a worker at an underground gold mine in Elko County.                                           

Public Concerned About Navajo Coal Mine Deal

April 28, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Members of the Navajo Nation told energy officials on Friday that there has not been enough transparency surrounding the purchase of a coal mine in northwestern New Mexico.                         

$5.6M For Laid Off Miners

April 25, 2014 10:53 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia will receive an additional $5.6 million in federal grants to help coal workers affected by mine closures and layoffs.                                    

Arch Coal Writes Off Coal-To-Liquid Project

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

SD Tribe Invokes Treaties Against New Uranium Mine

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.            

Labor Talks Sink Platinum & Palladium

April 21, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Platinum and palladium prices dropped sharply Monday on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike.                          

Time Runs Out For Illegal Gold Miners

April 21, 2014 11:13 am | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Stillwater Mining Production Up, VP Resigns

April 18, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.                                

ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.                           

NC Governor Proposes New Coal Ash Plan

April 17, 2014 10:09 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

WV Miner Charged With Bomb Threat

April 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn't find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.              

Sen. Manchin Urges Mines To Push Back On Emission Standards

April 16, 2014 10:38 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon.

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