Tribal advocacy group Nunamta Aulukestai is running an ad across Alaska for a week, targeting the state’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her support of the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, The Hill reports.
Even though debate about barring the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska has gone all the way to the White House, the official recommendation to Environmental Protection Agency water officials about the project's future will come from EPA's Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran, E&E reports.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration on Monday released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents. The report shows eight coal miners died in the first half of the year. While that number is about on par with recent years, the number of workers killed in other types of mining, 14, prompted safety officials to launch a new training and enforcement effort in May.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing, "American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical minerals supply and demand chain." Expert witnesses.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.
The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — 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.
In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.
The group says the U.S. Department of Interior approved mining plans without enough public involvement, and gave little heed to the pollution caused by digging, shipping and burning coal. The group asked the courts to stop mining until the plans are re-done.
BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen coal miners have died after being trapped by a weekend gas explosion in northwestern China, an official news agency reported Monday.
The miners were trapped Saturday by the explosion at a mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said Monday they had died and the cause of the incident was under investigation.
China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has improved as regulators strengthen enforcement of safety rules.
While not committing to a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, a Murray Energy Corp. spokesman said the mining company is prepared to fight the agency's proposed limits on carbon emissions at existing power plants, The Hill reports.
Palladium settled at its highest price in more than a decade as a mining strike in South Africa continues to pinch production of the metal.
Palladium for September delivery rose $5.60 to settle at $860.15 on Wednesday. That's the highest settlement price since February 2001, according to FactSet data.
Negotiations to end the nearly five-month strike ended earlier this week without an agreement. The strike started Jan. 23 and has squeezed supplies of the industrial metal, which is used to make catalytic converters that filter car exhaust.
Rhea Suh -- an Interior assistant secretary who became the target of Republican anger during spring confirmation hearings – is leaving the government to become the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental group that some in the GOP charge is the driving force behind the administration’s carbon rule, The Washington Post reports.
Adviser John Podesta says President Obama will back initiatives that help countries build their resilience in the face of risks from climate change when he attends the U.N.’s climate summit in New York next week, National Journal reports.
The sanctions package up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday is aimed at companies -- like Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell -- that finance unconventional oil projects in Russia, including drilling in the Arctic, in deep water and in shale, Platts reports.
A report from the Energy Information Administration showing a spike in U.S. inventories last week pressured oil prices Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 46 cents to settle at $94.42 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dipped 8 cents to $98.97, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron came up empty after investing money and scientists’ time in the search for commercially viable ways to get fuel from feedstocks, CEO John Watson told the Economic Club of Minnesota Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Environmentalists are encouraged by a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Colorado last week, which scrapped Obama administration moves to expand coal leasing on federal lands and also said regulators had to explain why they weren’t using a calculation on the social cost of carbon in making their decisions, E&E reports.
Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.
By 2050 the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials could end up as islands in a flooded Potomac River, under a scenario envisioned in a report issued by the Climate Central research group, according to The New York Times.