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Plea Hearings Set In Coal Kickback Case

July 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has set plea hearings for 10 men accused of participating in a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in West Virginia.                                        

Hope Runs Out For 8 Trapped Gold Miners

July 7, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are making a last ditch effort to rescue eight men trapped in a small gold mine.                                                

Lawsuits Try To Halt Mine Work In 3 States

July 7, 2014 10:05 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.               

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17 Dead In Coal Mine Blast

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventeen coal miners have died after being trapped by a weekend gas explosion in northwestern China, an official news agency reported Monday.                                         

Vectren Sells Coal-Mining Subsidiary

July 2, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.                   

Gold Mine Is A Go In Alaska

July 1, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corp. have agreed to terms on land-use rights for a proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver of Bethel.                                          

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Group Threatens To Sue Duke Energy

July 1, 2014 4:00 pm | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                      

Judge Lets State Intervene In Pebble Case

June 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska is now party to a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine.                                      

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Virginia Coal Mine Closing, 120 Jobs Lost

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

More than 120 people are being laid off at an Alpha Natural Resources mine in southwest Virginia amid declining production and demand.                                  

Mining Firm Optimistic About Nebraska Niobium

June 26, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian firm hoping to build a mine to collect a valuable and rare heat-resistant element from beneath southeast Nebraska says the first samples collected this year are encouraging.                      

West Virginia Mine Idled

June 26, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. plans to temporarily idle its Pinnacle underground mine in southern West Virginia.                                        

8 Arrested At Coal Company Headquarters

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight people protesting mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested outside Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.                                    

North Carolina Attorney General Demands Coal Ash Cleanup

June 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's attorney general says Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but consumers should not foot the bill.                          

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Coal Ash Bill Advances In North Carolina Senate

June 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised by the company that it won't be able to meet the mandated closure deadlines.

Court Sides With Minnesota Frack Sand Mine

June 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has turned back a challenge to Winona County newest frack sand mine. Twelve residents challenged the county board's approval for a condition use permit for the 19-acre sand mine in Saratoga Township.                      

Foundation Sells Off Mining Company Shares

June 17, 2014 1:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bristol Bay Native Corp. Education Foundation has sold the shares it received as a gift in the company that owns the proposed Pebble Mine.                             

Coal Production Begins At New Kentucky Mine

June 13, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials have said they plan to employ about 200 workers by the end of 2015. They aim to produce 800,000 tons of coal during the first full year of operation and expand that to 2 million tons annually as the mine grows.                           

Battle Erupts Over Proposed Copper Mine

June 9, 2014 10:56 am | by LAURA LUNDQUIST, Bozeman Chronicle | News | Comments

Even though the Black Butte mine proposal is now at least a year away, supporters and opponents of the mine have recently launched their respective public-relations campaigns. The social-media blitzes from both sides are unlikely to let up until the mine is approved or rejected, three or four years down the road.

Coal Maintains Its Political Muscle

June 9, 2014 10:49 am | by ADAM BEAM, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.

22 Killed In Mine Accident

June 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine accident killed 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, the city's news office said in an online statement Wednesday.                                     

States Fire Back Against Obama's Carbon Emissions Plan

June 3, 2014 11:05 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Now that the EPA has handed down the carbon emission reduction requirements, the states are reacting - loudly - to the potential economic repercussions of hitting each of their emission goals.                               

Fatal Accident At Idaho Silver Mine

June 3, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunshine Silver Mines says a person was killed in an accident Monday afternoon at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg, in northern Idaho.                                  

Wyoming Mines Hit Hard By Low Uranium Prices

May 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some uranium producers in Wyoming say they're being affected by weak demand that has caused prices for the nuclear fuel to slip to their lowest level in eight years.                                 

Get The Scoop On Obama's Emission Rules

May 29, 2014 4:54 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.

MSHA To Conduct Safety Talks At U.S. Mines

May 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of 20 U.S. mining fatalities since October, federal regulators are stepping up safety discussions with the nation's mines.                                           

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