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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.                          

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.                                           

The Coal Industry Must Act Now

May 29, 2014 10:26 am | by Center for Regulatory Effectiveness | News | Comments

EPA's proposed rule for new coal plants has been called a "war on coal". The "war on coal" occurs because the standard in the proposed rule can only be achieved by the installation of a costly technology called CCS, carbon capture and sequestration, which virtually no utility can neither afford nor implement and will result in a ban on the construction of new coal plants.

Governor Wants Wyoming Coal Sent To Asia

May 29, 2014 10:23 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead heads to Washington state next week to push for access to ocean ports to allow export of Wyoming coal to Asia even as many politicians and residents in the Northwest voice increasing concern about the effects of burning coal on global warming.

Jury Awards $5M In Coal Contract Dispute

May 27, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southwest Virginia jury has awarded $5 million to a defunct coal company and its owner in their long-running legal battle with Massey Energy over a coal supply contract.                             

Upper Peninsula Residents Wonder If Mine Is Worth It

May 23, 2014 10:17 am | by KEITH MATHENY, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

The few residents in one Upper Peninsula community are at a crossroads. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering the largest sale of state-managed forestland in its history to Graymont, a British Columbia-based limestone mining company to create a sprawling, 13,000-acre, open-pit and underground mining operation.

Turkish Mine Disaster Won't Go Unpunished

May 20, 2014 10:55 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's prime minister pledged not to allow anyone responsible for the country's worst mine disaster to go unpunished, and promised improved supervision of Turkish mines.                        

3 Charged With Negligence In Turkish Mine Disaster

May 19, 2014 10:59 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey's worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday.                                    

High Gas Levels Ignored At Turkish Mine

May 19, 2014 10:57 am | by BERZA SIMSEK, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the disaster that killed 301 workers in Turkey but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday.                           

2 Mine Workers Kidnapped

May 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Chinese workers at a copper mine in Myanmar were freed Monday after being held more than 30 hours by activists who were demanding the closure of the mine.                             

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