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3 Dead, 15 Missing In Mine Collapse

May 2, 2014 10:45 am | by LIBARDO CARDONA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers were searching for at least 15 people missing after a gold mine collapsed. Authorities said three dead bodies had been recovered.                                 

Coal Operator Sues Obama Administration Over Dust

May 2, 2014 10:33 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the Obama administration, claiming that new federal regulations to cut the amount of coal dust in coal mines are overly burdensome and costly to industry.                        

152 Citations Handed Out During MSHA Mine Inspections

May 1, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six citations and five failure orders were issued at Peabody Midwest Mining LLC's Francisco underground mine in Gibson County, Indiana.                                       

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Authorities Seize 75K Tons Of Iron Ore In Mexico

May 1, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Mexican federal official says authorities have seized a ship loaded with more than 75,000 tons of iron ore in the Pacific port of Manzanillo and are investigating if the mineral was stolen by a drug cartel.           

15 Dead In Coal Mine Collapse

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

The governor of Samangan province, Hirullah Anush, said two other miners were missing in the collapse Wednesday morning in the remote district of Dara Seuf. He said the bodies of the 15 workers were recovered from the rubble.              

Gold Mine Death Investigation Begins

April 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety regulators are investigating the death of a worker at an underground gold mine in Elko County.                                           

Public Concerned About Navajo Coal Mine Deal

April 28, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Members of the Navajo Nation told energy officials on Friday that there has not been enough transparency surrounding the purchase of a coal mine in northwestern New Mexico.                         

$5.6M For Laid Off Miners

April 25, 2014 10:53 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia will receive an additional $5.6 million in federal grants to help coal workers affected by mine closures and layoffs.                                    

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Arch Coal Writes Off Coal-To-Liquid Project

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

SD Tribe Invokes Treaties Against New Uranium Mine

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.            

Labor Talks Sink Platinum & Palladium

April 21, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Platinum and palladium prices dropped sharply Monday on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike.                          

Time Runs Out For Illegal Gold Miners

April 21, 2014 11:13 am | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Stillwater Mining Production Up, VP Resigns

April 18, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.                                

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ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.                           

NC Governor Proposes New Coal Ash Plan

April 17, 2014 10:09 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

WV Miner Charged With Bomb Threat

April 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn't find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.              

Sen. Manchin Urges Mines To Push Back On Emission Standards

April 16, 2014 10:38 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon.

Court Overturns Conflict Minerals Provision

April 15, 2014 10:15 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

Arizona Cuts Electricity & Natural Gas Taxes For Manufacturers

April 14, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

Glencore Xstrata Sells Peruvian Mine For $5.58B

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Chinese state-owned companies is buying a Peruvian copper mine from Glencore Xstrata Plc for $5.85 billion, adding to a wave of Chinese resource acquisitions abroad.                     

Mining Deaths Up In 2013, Injuries Down

April 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                                      

WV Mine Board Approves Proximity Detector Rule

April 10, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close.                           

Judge Gives James River Coal OK To Continue

April 10, 2014 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

James River Coal Co. is being allowed to continue its business operations while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.                                     

PA Coke Plant To Pay $300K Fine

April 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pittsburgh-area coke plant has agreed to upgrade its pollution control equipment and pay a $300,000 fine.                                       

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.

Regulators Side With Duke Energy In Appeal

April 9, 2014 11:11 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                          

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