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Ex-Miner Asks Congress For Help For Black Lung Sufferers

July 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Health Committee's employment and workplace safety subcommittee held the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners. The yearlong investigation, which won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity, examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

Arch Coal Idles Kentucky Mine

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

Arch Coal says it is idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex in Wise County, Virginia,...

Canadian Firm Buys PBS Coals Inc.

July 22, 2014 10:05 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A Canadian company is buying PBS Coals Inc. and plans to merge it with another subsidiary the...

Kentucky Coal Plant Plans Carbon Dioxide Project

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky elected officials and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will visit a...

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Duke Done Dredging Coal Ash

July 17, 2014 4:20 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant.                                        

On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

Mine Fire Lawsuit Settled

July 16, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents.                   

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Gold Mine Expands Onto Federal Land

July 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc., which is owned by Kinross, has submitted the request to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to expand the open-pit gold mine onto federal land.                     

Global Energy, Mining & Utilities Trend Report

July 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by Mergermarket | News | Comments

Q2 2014's global M&A targetting the Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU) sector recovered from a subdued Q1. Deal value increased 68.8% to US$ 143.8bn with 400 deals, up from 345 deals at US$ 85.2bn Q1 2014 and marking the hitest valued quarter in over a year (Q4 2012 valued at US$ 190.4bn).

North Carolina Must Compromise On Coal Ash

July 11, 2014 10:03 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise.  

Coal Company Sues Competitor After Breached Deal

July 9, 2014 2:42 pm | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans.

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.                                        

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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.               

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.                                          

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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.

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.                                      

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.

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