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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It's the perfect setting: millions of tons of dirt, plenty of space and an atmosphere that stays at a constant 58 degrees.
A new underground bicycle park with miles of dirt trails, jumps and stunt courses is being built inside an abandoned limestone mine in Louisville that has been recycled into a popular tourist attraction. The owners of the 320,000-square foot park say it will be the largest indoor course in the nation.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Experts monitoring sanctions against Congo are reporting widespread smuggling of gold, minerals and ivory out of the country by elements of the Congolese army and rebel groups among others.
In a report to the U.N. Security Council, the panel of experts also cited violations of the arms embargo and the continuing recruitment and use of child soldiers by rebel group including the FDLR which was formed by extremist Rwandan Hutus who fled across the border after taking part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and are now the target of a Congolese army-led offensive.
A law intended to keep U.S. companies from involvement with so-called “conflict minerals” has had the unintended consequence of throwing African miners out of work, forcing many to join militias to support their families, The Washington Post reports.
Continuing concerns about a supply glut and worries about turbulence in China’s stock market were pressuring U.S. oil prices Tuesday, on top of the sharp drop a day earlier. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery lost 20 cents to settle at $52.33 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent gained 31 cents to $56.85, Dow Jones reports.
The crew of Shell's icebreaker MSV Fennica, on its way to the Chukchi Sea carrying a critical piece of equipment, found a leak Friday in the ship's ballast tank and it has turned back for repairs, FuelFix reports.
Analysts with the Carbon Tracker Initiative say the push to keep cutting carbon emissions increases the long-term risk of wasted capital expenditure on natural gas projects that end up being surplus to requirements, E&E reports.
In a move that appears to target rebel rancher Cliven Bundy and others who might follow his example, House Democrats hope to amend the Interior Department/EPA spending bill to block anyone from being granted a grazing permit if they haven't paid the fees they already owe the federal government, National Journal reports.
Officials in the handful of water districts that reported a surge in May water use despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s order to cut consumption by a quarter are struggling to come up with explanations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
With its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan - now claimed to be the zero emission car with the longest range – Toyota will start offering a direct challenge to Tesla’s plug-in Model S in the U.S., Business Insider reports.
Tesla hopes to start selling batteries in Australia early next year, in a market Morgan Stanley says may be worth $18 billion and where half of all homes are projected to be using solar power by 2040, Bloomberg reports.