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The top court ordered the project's environmental permit be withdrawn until the Diaguita indigenous community is consulted about the gold and copper mine.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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Peru's president warned Friday that environmental "extremists" could hurt the golden goose of mining revenue.
During an interview with The Associated Press, President Ollanta Humala said his top priority during the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations this week had been to sound the alarm on climate change. The Andean nation will host U.N.-sponsored climate talks in December.
But in July, Humala enacted a law that weakens environmental protections in his country.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Thursday with Veris Gold USA, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Veris Gold Corp.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.
Mexican officials on Monday issued a binational alert that contaminated water had made its way into the San Pedro River, which runs north to Pinal County in Arizona.
The contamination came from Buenavista del Cobre mine in Cananea, said Carlos Jesus Arias, director of the Sonora state civil protection agency.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a river spill from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.
The agency is urging people to avoid using water from the Sonora River after local municipalities complained of a toxic plume, said Carlos Arias, civil protection director for the border state of Sonora, where the spill occurred.
Many residents and officials in the southern tier area of New York state, which borders Pennsylvania, reacted with shock and despair to the news that the state government has rejected fracking, The New York Times reports.
H.R. 5705, sponsored by Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, which calls for for more training about propane pricing and new data to be used by the Commerce Department in calculating prices, has been signed into law by President Obama, Platts reports.
During the week ending Dec. 13, the Association of American Railroads found that more than 119,000 carloads of coal were shipped in the U.S., an increase of nearly 8 percent on the period a year ago and the most in more than three months, Platts reports, noting that network congestion appears to be easing.
Oil rose in early trading Friday following a steep plunge the day before, but prices were losing momentum by midday in Europe. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery was 68 cents higher to $54.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex ahead of the contract expiring, while in London February Brent was up 1.2 percent to $60, Bloomberg reports.
Even as Halliburton prepares to take over rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes, CEO Dave Lesar, in an email to employees, said “2015 is going to be a tough year,” and warned of “reductions to our structure,” FuelFix reports.
The International Energy Agency – in a review of American energy strategy -- notes that the U.S. is operating many older nuclear power plants, and the government lacks a clear plan for the nuclear sector generally going forward, a problem that extends to carbon capture technology and renewable energy as well, The Hill reports.
Environmental activists marched to the governor’s office in Minnesota Thursday demanding he take action, following the decision by the Public Utilities Commission to stand behind its approval for expansion of Enbridge’s Line 67, commonly known as the Alberta Clipper pipeline, which would bring up to 800,000 barrels a day of oil sands crude across the Canadian border, Forum News Service reports.
In the wake of recent rainstorms, the portion of California under exceptional drought conditions dropped from 55 percent to 32 percent, according to figures made public by the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.