Opponents of the proposed copper mine near Tucson have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater protection permit, which allows the Rosemont Copper Co. to discharge materials using the best available technology to keep pollutants from groundwater.
Patriot Coal Corp. got a bankruptcy judge's go-ahead Tuesday to enter into a new labor agreement with the nation's biggest miners' union, ending a long, acrimonious dispute the company had worried would push into liquidation.
A Canadian company has proposed a land swap to develop a gold mine in Lancaster County. Romarco Minerals Inc., of Toronto, has proposed allowing nearly 3,700 acres in Richland County to become part of a publicly accessible nature preserve.
The overseas market for U.S. coal is growing, and industry experts are gathering in West Virginia to talk about its importance. The West Virginia Coal Forum is Thursday afternoon at West Liberty University's Highland Energy Center.
Operations at the Bailey Preparation Plant in southwestern Pennsylvania had resumed after a "partial structural failure" in a new belt system used to carry coal from the company's Bailey and Enlow Fork mines to a railroad loading area.
Stillwater Mining Co. reported a loss of $5.3 million over the past three months, primarily due to a fight for control of the company that included payouts to executives who left. Stillwater reported earnings Thursday that showed a loss of 4 cents per share.
Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay them each $1.5 million as promised under a settlement with the federal government. But Alpha said Wednesday it has "fully complied" with the deal.
The United Mine Workers of America has joined Sen. Jay Rockefeller in criticizing the administration for its failure to enact regulations that could curb the rise of black lung disease. Union President Cecil Roberts said the disease is preventable and current coal-dust standards put miners at unnecessary risk every day.
A coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an apparent wall collapse in an underground eastern Kentucky mine. State officials said the workers were inside a Harlan County mine operating a continuous miner machine Tuesday and became trapped when a wall apparently collapsed.
According to federal mine safety regulators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 18 miners miners have been killed on the job nationwide so far this year. That number is down slightly from the 19 fatalities documented through the first half of 2012.
President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy are committed to a role for coal in a national energy strategy, and they've backed it up with research spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. But the administration also believes the U.S. must prepare for a low-carbon economy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions reduced by 84 percent at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, but a group meeting over the past few months on the proposal says it can do better.
Some neighbors have expressed opposition to a proposed frack sand mine near Arcadia in western Wisconsin. AllEnergy Silica, the company that owns the mining rights, needs approval from the town and county before beginning mining operations on 800 acres.
A lawyer for environmental groups say a Santa Fe judge has overturned a decision by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration granting a permit for a uranium mine to remain inactive without any cleanup.
The Canadian-based Veris Gold Corp. has announced plans to open a third gold mine at its Jerritt Canyon operations in northeast Nevada. The new Starvation Caynon mine is in the southern part of the Jerritt Canyon property in Elko County about 50 miles north of Elko.
Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the EPA to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming's air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.
A federal judge has imposed a $150,000 fine against an eastern Kentucky coal mine where a worker was killed two years ago in a roof fall. Manalapan Mining Co. has also received three years of probation along with the fine for allowing miners to work in hazardous conditions.
The president of the Iliamna Village Council said Wednesday that she did not review a report submitted on the council's behalf that backed up conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region.
A company looking to dig a large iron mine just south of Lake Superior is set to finish exploratory drilling, setting up a lull that could dampen tensions with protesters, at least for a while. Protesters have gathered in the woods around the site. They confronted mine workers there last month.
A western Pennsylvania coal mine has temporarily suspended production due to underground conditions. Alpha Natural Resources says in a Monday release that production has stopped at its Cumberland mine in Waynesburg. That's about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.
An Albuquerque-based company wants to operate a new gold mine in the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe and northeast of Albuquerque. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Santa Fe Gold Corp. says it would extract minerals without using chemical leaching.
A White House proposal aimed at reining in climate change, with its emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, would put facilities like the 2,100 megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in eastern Montana in regulators' cross hairs.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America's energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming. Moniz dismissed claims that President Barack Obama's climate plan amounted to a war on coal.
Two families are suing a McAlester propane company for more than $2 million over a deadly blast at a Eufaula sandblasting company. The May 7 explosion left one man dead and another badly burned. The McAlester News-Capital reports the families of the two men filed suit in McIntosh County.
Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that it has agreed to sell its Utah operations to Bowie Resources LLC for $435 million in cash. Both companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013. Shares of St. Louis-based Arch Coal jumped 28 cents, or 7.8 percent, to $3.88 in premarket trading on the news.