BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of investors that includes former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is seeking $10 million from a mining company in exchange for access to a huge copper and silver reserve — a move the company's chief executive said Wednesday was "extortion" and included a threat to stir up negative publicity for the project.
Schweitzer, who has hinted at a 2016 presidential run, rejected the accusation and said he had been making a good-faith effort to resolve the dispute with a cash and stock settlement.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal panel has lifted a temporary hold on the operating license for a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in late April issued the stay on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission license granted to Powertech Uranium Corp. The stay was to ensure historic and cultural sites in the Black Hills aren't damaged by work at Powertech's proposed Dewey-Burdock mine near Edgemont.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group seeking to develop a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for taking steps that could result in development being restricted or prohibited.
The Pebble Limited Partnership alleges in its lawsuit that the EPA exceeded its authority when it initiated the rarely used process under the Clean Water Act after concluding that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risks to salmon. Pebble fears the agency will kill the project before mine plans are finalized or it's evaluated through the permitting process.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday.
Three administrative judges of the federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board listened to telephone arguments on its April decision to put a temporary hold on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating license for Powertech Uranium Corp.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting that eight miners died in mine accidents in the first three months of 2014, three in coal mining accidents and the rest in metal and other mines.
Joseph Main, the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, says they've seen a spike in deaths thus far in the second quarter, primarily in metal and other non-coal mining.
Since October, there have been 19 mining fatalities.
It’s expected that the Pebble Partnership will make a formal response Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to use the Clean Water Act to hold up the permitting process for the copper and gold mine, The Hill reports.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — 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.
Tribal president Bryan Brewer is demanding protection from the federal government from "immediate threat of contamination and irreparable harm."
RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.
DeFazio, D-Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: The Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990s have disappeared, the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs, and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out a so-called "conflict minerals" rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had mandated that companies state whether their goods may have originated in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, E&E reports.
Trying to phase out old DOT-111 tank cars within two years, as proposed in new Department of Transportation regulations, could trigger a shortage and hurt oil and ethanol production, industry officials warned, Platts reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, ahead of four public hearings set for next week on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, says it has already received 300,000 comments on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Texas and Oklahoma -- states that are home to some of the biggest critics of President Obama’s climate policy – would have the most to gain from his administration’s proposed carbon rule because of the boost it would provide the natural gas industry, according to a study being released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, The New York Times reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy has confirmed that it’s in talks to sell some of its assets to Spain’s Repsol, which analysts speculate may include interests in Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the latest measure he’s introduced to speed Energy Department consideration of LNG export permits –- which would require action within 45 days of a preliminary application being filed with the Federal Energy regulatory Commission -– is a good compromise on the issue, The Hill reports.
Carbon capture should begin at the Kemper County Energy Facility in the fall, and operations at the coal-fired plant are on track for a May start date, according to officials of Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power, E&E reports.
The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.
Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.
Staff and former members of the Chemical Safety Board continue to paint a picture of an agency in turmoil even as Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso maintains the CSB is getting its workload under control, National Journal reports.