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Death Toll in Ukraine Mine Blast Reaches 33

March 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

This latest unfortunate event is just one of many that have afflicted the mine during its 57-year history.

Mexico Fines Mine $1.5 Million For Spill, Lets it Reopen

March 2, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican authorities have fined a mining company about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper...

North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy...

Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to...

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Obama's Budget Includes Billions For Coal States

February 3, 2015 10:34 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Republican-controlled Congress appeared skeptical of the president's outreach to the heart of the nation's coal country, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing Monday that he would personally oversee the budget of Obama's Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal Mining Simulator Coming to Southern Illinois

January 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system and a control center where coordinators can monitor how the miners cope with disaster-like conditions.

Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine.

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Revett Mining Shutting Down Montana Silver, Copper Mine

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Revett Mining Co. has announced it is closing a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana due to low metals prices and laying off just over 70 employees. Spokane Valley-based Revett announced Monday that it would end development work, continue milling operations through the end of January and then place the mine on "care and maintenance" mode.

Poland's Premier Helps in Stalled Talks With Striking Miners

January 12, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of angry coal miners in southern Poland staged an underground strike Monday to protest a plan to close four mines that the government says are losing money. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz traveled to the area to sit down and talk with the protesting miners. Earlier negotiations broke down Sunday.

Judge Keeps Most of Gag Order in Former W.Va. Coal Exec Case

January 8, 2015 9:43 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger wrote that she needs much of the gag order intact to maintain a fair trial with unbiased prospective jurors in southern West Virginia.

Thousands of Indian Coal Workers End Strike

January 8, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

They ended their protest late Wednesday after Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured them that Coal India, which accounts for 80 percent of India's coal production, would not be privatized and the interests of workers would be protected.

Mohave County Mine Laying Off Hundreds of Workers

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A financially troubled copper mine in Mohave County is laying of hundreds of workers. The Today's News-Herald newspaper reports that the Mineral Park mine near Kingman sent layoff notices to more than 350 workers on Monday. The company has been attempting to tell the mine but a possible sale fell through.

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2 Western Ky. Mines Halt Operations, Affecting 670 Miners

December 29, 2014 4:47 pm | by The Gleaner; Henderson, Ky. | News | Comments

Two large underground coal mines in western Kentucky will be idled, putting about 670 miners out of work. Patriot Coal Corp. is halting operations at its Highland No. 9 mine and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine in Union County. The mines employ about 670 workers and produced about 3.9 million tons of thermal coal last year

Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant in Benwood

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. The project is expected to be completed by late spring.

Myanmar Villagers Remain in Standoff Over Mine

December 23, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of a Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second day Tuesday, with two reported hurt. The confrontation left one woman dead Monday when guards and police fired at the protesting villagers.

US Coal Mines Nearing Record Low in Worker Deaths

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

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Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk as part of the nation's annual defense funding bill. The annual defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Friday includes the trade that will allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior, touted as the largest in North America.

Bodies of Missing Turkish Miners Retrieved

December 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says search teams have recovered the bodies of the last five miners who were among 18 who died when they were trapped deep inside a flooded coal mine. The five bodies were retrieved on Thursday, 37 days after they were trapped inside the Has Sekerler mine.

Mine Dust Continues To Worry Residents

December 1, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A gap in Indiana regulations says that state officials must personally see dust to take action against the mine. Bear Run provides the region with an economic boost of 625 jobs and more than $8 million in tax payments, while supplying a reliable source of cheap energy.

U.S. Steel To Build New HQ In Pittsburgh

November 25, 2014 11:46 am | by Joe Mandak, AP | News | Comments

The new five-story building will house U.S. Steel's 800 headquarters employees for at least 18 years, with an option to extend the lease beyond that. The plan solves several interlocking problems for U.S. Steel, the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and the city.

Coal Residue Vaults Found In Upper Peninsula

November 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ryan Jarvi, The Mining Journal (Marquette) | News | Comments

Two concrete vaults used to store tar residue and other impurities from a manufactured gas plant more than 100 years ago were recently found buried underground just north of the Shiras Steam Plant in south Marquette.      

Miss. Could Be Site For $1.2B Aluminum Mill

November 17, 2014 10:05 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced plans to build the plant Monday.    

29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

November 12, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets, but ended with the confirmation of the 21 deaths. Authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

Owner Won't Retrieve 29 Killed In Mine Explosion

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | by Nick Perry, AP | News | Comments

Solid Energy issued a statement saying the company was unable to come up with a safe re-entry plan. A government investigation found Pike River Coal ignored 21 warnings that methane gas had accumulated to explosive levels in the mine.     

Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations.               

Mine Project Splits Alaskan Industries

November 2, 2014 8:09 pm | by Nicholas Riccardi, AP | News | Comments

The Pebble Mine project that is on Tuesday's ballot embodies the paradoxes of Alaska politics, starting with the unlikely trio of conservatives who put the issue on the map about seven years ago.                                           

Columbia Coal Mine Collapses - Trapping Miners

October 31, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A specialized mine rescue team, as well as other searchers, are working at the scene. Antioquia Gov. Sergio Fajardo says it is likely to take three days to reach the men in a "very complicated" rescue operation.             

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