BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have confirmed the deaths of 21 missing miners who were trapped in an August mine collapse in eastern China, bringing the death toll to 27, state media reported Wednesday.
The official Xinhua News Agency said an explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan on Aug. 19. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets but ended with the confirmation of the 21 deaths. Six bodies had already been found, while 12 miners escaped, Xinhua reported.
PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report that metals companies will have to establish new plans for growth as they have limited room to cut costs as metals prices decline, The Wall Street Journal reports.
CSIS forum, "The Trade and Development Nexus, Science and Technology, and Governance in the Extractive Industries." Speakers include USAID official Virginia Brown, State Department Bureau of Energy Resources Deputy Director Marti Flacks.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Supreme court on Tuesday suspended the development of El Morro mine owned by Canada's Goldcorp after siding with indigenous groups that oppose it on environmental grounds.
The top court ordered the project's environmental permit be withdrawn until the Diaguita indigenous community is consulted about the gold and copper mine. In doing so, it overturned a lower court decision dismissing an appeal the Diaguita filed in April.
PHOENIX (AP) — Freeport-McMoRan Inc. is selling 80 percent of its stake in a copper and gold mine in Chile for at least $1.8 billion.
The mining company announced the sale agreement Monday for the Candelaria-Ojos del Salado mine with Lundin Mining Corp. of Canada. In addition to $1.8 billion in cash, Freeport-McMoRan also said it will receive 5 percent of copper revenues in any year over the next five years if the average price exceeds $4 a pound. It's currently trading at just over $3 a pound. That could total as much as $200 million, the company said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years, according to government figures released Thursday.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number has dropped in response to reforms the agency has taken to rein in bad actors. The National Mining Association counters that the industry's own safety program deserves the credit.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did not abuse his discretion or violate any laws in prohibiting new hard-rock mining claims on one million acres near the Grand Canyon, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Salazar announced the 20-year ban in 2012 for an area rich in high-grade uranium reserves outside Grand Canyon National Park. Mining industry groups and a Chino Valley resident quickly sued, saying the ban was irresponsible public policy and violated federal laws.
Because Environmental Protection Agency actions regarding the Pebble Mine haven’t been finalized yet, federal courts don’t have jurisdiction to hear complaints about the matter, Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Friday, tossing out a lawsuit filed by Northern Dynasty Ltd., The Hill reports.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.