The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold hearing on legislation a bill aimed to improve critical mineral security. United States Geological Survey Acting Director Suzette Kimball to testify.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The general manager of a Guatemalan mine has been jailed following a 2012 complaint about contamination of a river with mining residue.
General manager Carlos Roberto Morales was jailed on a judge's order Monday, pending further investigation. The San Rafael mine said in a statement that it does not negatively impact the environment and would appeal the judge's decision.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The world's two largest gold-mining companies have agreed to pay nearly $600,000 in combined penalties in a deal with U.S. and Nevada environmental regulators that signals more stringent enforcement of pollution laws in the state that leads the nation in gold production.
Newmont USA is paying $395,000 and Barrick Goldstrike Mines $196,000 as part of an agreement with the state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle allegations they violated hazardous waste laws with mercury releases recorded during inspections at two huge open-pit mines in northeast Nevada dating to 2007.
MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — A rail line has reopened in southern West Virginia where an oil train derailed earlier this month.
A statement from multiple agencies responding to the fiery derailment said crews restored the tracks and reopened the line for commerce Thursday afternoon. Cleanup activities continue at the site in Mount Carbon.
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (AP) — Treasures from Afghanistan's largely forgotten Buddhist past are buried beneath sandy hills surrounding the ancient Silk Road town of Mes Aynak — along with enough copper to make the land glow green in the morning light.
An estimated 5.5 million tons of copper, one of the biggest deposits in the world, could provide a major export for a war-ravaged country desperately in need of jobs and cash. But the hoped-for bonanza also could endanger rare artifacts that survived the rule of the Taliban and offer a window into Afghanistan's rich pre-Islamic history.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan -– the final version of which could be made public as early as Monday -– will give states more time to comply with carbon reduction goals, people familiar with the matter have told The New York Times.
Studies from the Southwest Power Pool and the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy both suggest that states would be better off banding together to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting power plant carbon emissions, Platts reports.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has instructed the state Department of Ecology to be more aggressive about enforcing pollution laws, in an attempt to impose a carbon emissions cap through executive action, The Seattle Times reports.
Data indicating OPEC produced about 3 million barrels per day more than demand in the second quarter helped to drag oil prices lower early Wednesday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 20 cents on the Nymex to $47.78 a barrel, while in London Brent fell 22 cents to $53.08.
Low oil and gas prices hit the balance sheet for Range Resources Corp. in the second quarter, as the Texas-based driller reported a $119 million loss, compared to a profit of $171 million a year earlier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The profit for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the second quarter dropped to $61 million, or 1 cent per share after adjustments, but analysts had been predicting a loss for the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Expect increasing production but no new well drilling from Consol Energy over the next 18 months, the company announced after reporting a loss of $603 million in the second quarter, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brazilian police have arrested Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, who prosecutors allege accepted more than $1.3 million in bribes as head of Electronuclear, a company that runs two power plants, The New York Times reports.