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Support For PolyMet Mine On The Decline

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

A new poll shows support for a proposed copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has declined.                                               

Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 10:11 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator said he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West...

Montana Coal Railroad To Turn Over Documents

September 11, 2014 10:04 am | by MATHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open...

Management Found At Fault In Miner's Death

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators blamed mine management...

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WV Miners Warned About Layoffs

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs.                                    

In North Carolina, Coal Ash Regulation Is About To Become Law

September 10, 2014 10:40 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he won't sign a new law regulating Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits because he has problems with it, but he will allow the legislation to become law without his signature.                      

Judge Hears Arguments On Mining Near The Grand Canyon

September 10, 2014 10:36 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining industry groups say a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon is irresponsible public policy, but the federal government and conservationists say it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination.

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Bodies Of 5 Buried Miners Recovered

September 8, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Families and friends have buried five Bosnian miners whose bodies were recovered from a coal mine pit that collapsed last week when a 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica.                      

29 Rescued, 5 Still Buried After Mine Collapse

September 5, 2014 10:03 am | by SABINA NIKSIC, AMER COHADZIC, Associated Press | News | Comments

One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine Friday after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Five men remained buried deep underground as officials halted rescue efforts.                          

Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

Search Called Off For Missing Miners

September 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nicaragua's government said it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.                         

Australian Company Buys $16M in Tintina Shares

September 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana.                              

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                                   

Judge Approves Sale Of 3 James River Coal Mines

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of three James River Coal Co. mining complexes to a subsidiary of Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining LLC.                                     

2 Former Mining Towns Try To Change Their Fortunes

August 26, 2014 3:39 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

Court Declares More Than A Decade Of Coal Allocations Illegal

August 25, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Supreme Court said Monday that all government allocations of coal reserves to private companies from 1993 to 2010 were conducted illegally, and it will hold a hearing to decide whether to cancel them.                         

Vectren Division Sale Costs 120 Mining Jobs

August 25, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Evansville-based Vectren Corp. says 120 southwestern Indiana coal miners will lose their jobs by month's end as the natural-gas utility completes the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary.                          

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Thousands Of Coal Protesters Form Human Chain

August 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.                             

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build are part of a controversial energy revolution they hope will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming.

Mexican Firm Complains About Spill Probe

August 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.                      

Testimony Ends In WV Surface Coal Mine Hearing

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Surface Mine Board is deciding whether to revoke a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest.                                  

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Coal Ash Measure

August 20, 2014 3:25 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State House and Senate leaders say that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.                             

Billionaire Pays $1.5 Mine Fines

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.                             

2 Die In Mine Explosion, 25 Still Trapped

August 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.                        

Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

New Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

August 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.                           

BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

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