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Coal Ash Spill Investigation Begins

February 5, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.

9 Missing After Gold Mine Fire

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

A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.                                         

Senator Seeks Federal Aid For Idled Miners

February 4, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to help coal miners displaced by the idling of Elk Creek Mine, which was shut down Dec. 2 after a mine fire.


MN Silica Sand Standards On Hold

February 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has delayed for at least a month its consideration of model standards for regulating the silica sand mining industry.                         

Coal Ash Spills Into NC River

February 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipe under a coal ash pond broke in northern North Carolina, releasing an unknown amount of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke Energy Corp. said Monday.                              

Major Safety Issues At NV Gold Mine

February 3, 2014 10:35 am | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An assistant U.S. secretary of labor has criticized a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued more than 60 citations and orders involving health and safety violations subject to more than $200,000 in potential penalties.

SD Uranium Mine Moves Forward

January 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota cleared a key regulatory hurdle Thursday when a federal agency issued a favorable environmental assessment of the project.                                         

Platinum Miner Strike Continues

January 30, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of South Africa's biggest mine unions says its members in the platinum industry have rejected an offer of a 9 percent pay increase and will continue striking.                                           


Mine Hearings Turn To Water Contamination Concerns

January 29, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine's potential impact on water was a popular subject at Tuesday night's third and final public hearing on the state's draft environmental review.                             

MN Mine Expanding Without Red Tape

January 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the state's largest taconite mines does not need a new environmental study in order to expand and operate for another 16 years, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.                            

2 Die In Coal Mine Explosion

January 22, 2014 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian officials say a methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine on Wednesday night, killing two miners.                                         

Coal Heritage Site Closing

January 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Windber Coal Heritage Center in southwestern Pennsylvania is closing for lack of visitors, but the mining company that owns the building in question is donating it to a local hospital.                          

New NV Gold Mine Breaks Ground

January 20, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Midway Gold Corp. has broken ground on a new gold mine in White Pine County. The Pan Mine, located at the northern end of the Pancake Mountains about 50 miles west of Ely, will be the Denver-based company's first mine in Nevada.


Hundreds Turn Up For MN Mine Forum

January 17, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Advocates wanting to bring back jobs to the Iron Range squared off against environmentalists concerned about polluting a pristine corner of the state at a public hearing Thursday on a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

Indonesia Bans Unprocessed Ore Export

January 13, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indonesian law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took effect Sunday, with the government aiming to boost local operations and create more jobs and mining companies warning of losses and layoffs.

Temporary Rebound Expected For Coal Mining In 2014

January 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. coal mining industry will see a modest and short-lived rebound in 2014, driven by more production in Western states after two successive years of declines, according to a government forecast released Tuesday.                     

42 Miners Dead On The Job In 2013

January 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration released the preliminary data on Monday. It said while the first three quarters of 2013 saw mining deaths occurring at a record-low rate, the fourth quarter saw a significant spike.

Miners Granted Extended Unemployment In KY

January 2, 2014 11:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pike County's judge-executive is calling on elected officials from Kentucky to extend federal unemployment benefits to help out-of-work miners.

Union Carbide Asbestos Lawsuit Continues

December 30, 2013 10:15 am | by JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press | News | Comments

Union Carbide Corporation has until Jan. 27 to file a motion asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to review an unfavorable ruling in an asbestos case.                                            

Chicago 'Petcoke' Piles Must Be Removed

December 20, 2013 10:53 am | by SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago's mayor and the Illinois attorney general announced an agreement with an Indiana company that will require it to remove huge piles of petroleum coke from the city's southeast side and accept no other shipments for the time being.

Louisville Residents Sue Over Coal Plant Ash

December 18, 2013 11:16 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have sued the plant.                                                                        

UT Mine Collapse Investigation Complete

December 17, 2013 10:35 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration released an investigation into the coal mine collapse that killed Elam Jones in Carbon County about 10 miles west of Huntington. Federal regulators determined that the mine hadn't done enough to support the ceiling of a tunnel that collapsed on the machine operator.

Trading Wetlands For Mines

December 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company hoping to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota says it will add wetlands elsewhere to offset the loss of more than 900 acres the project would cause.                                   

Still No Fracking Decision In NY

December 17, 2013 10:22 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would decide whether New York should allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by Election Day next year — maybe.                                                        

Stage Is Set For Clean Energy In 2014

December 16, 2013 10:57 am | by Natural Resources Defense Council | News | Comments

In a key year for the American people’s health and the environment, the nation has expanded clean energy and efficiency and acted against climate change, but further steps are needed to protect our communities and public health in 2014, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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