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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.                             

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Conjures Up Controversy

May 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Nancy Grunberg and Jon Sohn, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP | News | Comments

The SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule has been controversial throughout its short history due to questions of business materiality and the costly due diligence requirements of the rule itself. The rule requires public companies to investigate the origin of specific minerals that the companies use in their manufacturing process.

Turkey Denies Negligence

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday and senior Turkish officials denied allegations of lax government oversight four days after at least 284 people died in a coal mine explosion and fire.                

Layoff Notice Preceded Fatal WV Mine Accident

May 15, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.                     

Some Of History's Worst Mine Disasters

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending news cycle of mine disasters, let's take a look back at some of the worst in history.                                                 

Turkish Miner Death Toll Rises To 282

May 15, 2014 10:05 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue teams recovered another eight victims, raising the death toll to 282, with some 142 people still unaccounted for, according to government figures. The disaster Tuesday has set off protests around Turkey and thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, one of Erdogan's aides was accused of kicking a protester on the ground.

Obama's Climate Rules Won't Wait

May 14, 2014 4:23 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after the elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office in 2017, making it easier for his successor to stop them.

WY Governor Blasts EPA's Coal Proposal

May 14, 2014 4:15 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producing state, is calling on the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposal to require new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon-capture technology.                 

Arguments Fly Over Proposed SD Uranium Mine

May 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday.                      

5 Facts About The Wharton Mine Accident

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two coal miners were killed Monday night while working at the Brody Mine No. 1 in West Virginia. Here are five things to know about the mine and what happened...                             

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