The Vermont attorney general's office says the state has filed a settlement agreement with the former owner of a defunct asbestos mine over cleanup of the site in Eden and Lowell. The state will recover some past expenses from mitigation work done at the site.
Federal land managers have proposed limiting the number of parcels to be leased for oil and natural gas development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The Bureau of Land Management released its environmental assessment for the lease sale and called for cutting the number of available parcels from 38 to just four.
Gold and silver prices rose as President Barack Obama gained support for a U.S.-led strike on Syria. Crude oil prices also rose as the simmering tensions over Syria prompted investors to buy safe-haven assets. Gold for August December delivery rose $15.90 to $1,412 an ounce. Silver rose 91.9 cents to $24.382 an ounce. Industrial metals were mixed.
The Dallas County Medical Society filed a petition Wednesday asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants by strengthening rules and requiring equipment upgrades in older facilities.
A state water quality commission will soon vote on a proposed copper mining rule that some experts say violates state law, could upend New Mexico's long efforts to protect groundwater and would give other industries in the state a loophole to pollute aquifers.
More than two dozen states had been denied a portion of their Mineral Leasing Act payments for 2013, under automatic spending cuts put in place after Congress failed to agree on a deficit reduction plan. But officials say a legal review of the underlying Act prompted them to change course.
Despite Luminant's cash crunch and crushing debt, the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees mining permits, has allowed the company to expand its operations. Even with bankruptcy looming, Texas has granted the company a new permit to self-bond as it expands a mine in the Tatum area.
A labor lawyer asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit against coal company Drummond Co. Inc., over the killing of three union leaders in Colombia more than a decade ago. In a trial five years ago, jurors rejected labor claims that the company hired hit men to kill the workers.
For the first time, nobody has bid on a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming after the company that initially sought to mine the location determined that it couldn't do so profitably. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management held a coal lease sale in Cheyenne on Wednesday but received no bids.
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.