BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Site investigations and some cleanup work at 10 polluted mining complexes in four states were suspended because of conditions similar to those that led to a massive wastewater blowout from an inactive Colorado gold mine, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said.
The sites include three in California, four in Colorado, two in Montana and one in Missouri, according to details obtained by The Associated Press following repeated requests for the information.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy this week will face down Republican detractors in both chamber of Congress as she prepares to testify on the Aug. 5 spill of three million gallons of mine wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River.
Last month’s incident came as EPA personnel and the contractor Environmental Restoration LLC were investigating water buildup at the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. An excavation attempt went awry, opening a breach that fouled the river.
The head of Murray Energy told the Interior Department's listening session on the Stream Protection Rule that the proposed regulation to protect streams from mining pollution is the biggest threat to coal mining in more than 50 years, The Hill reports.
While the Environmental Protection Agency's accidental spill of mining waste water into Colorado's Animas River drew headlines, environmental advocates and agencies warn that tens of thousands of abandoned mines are more quietly leaking waste into water supplies, E&E reports.
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous from the Oscar-winning movie bearing her name, visited the nation's largest American Indian reservation on Tuesday to see the damage caused by millions of gallons of wastewater that spilled from a Colorado mine.
She met with Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye to hear about what he saw when he visited the mine in August, just days after a crew working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unleashed the waste tainted with heavy metals. The agency says 3 million gallons spilled.
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize.
Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while seeking better pay and safer conditions deep underground.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday.
During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million gallons eventually poured out of the remote Gold King Mine near Silverton, fouling downstream rivers in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
PHOENIX (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn said late Thursday that he has taken an 8.5-percent stake in Freeport-McMoRan, just hours after the mining company announced cost cuts and lower spending in response to declining copper prices and soft economic conditions worldwide.
Shares of the Phoenix company surged 29 percent to $10.19 after it announced the spending reductions, although the stock is still down 72 percent in the past year. On Wednesday it reached its lowest price in 12 years. After Icahn disclosed his stake, the stock gained another 19 percent in extended trading, to $12.15.
SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado town where a toxic mine leak earlier this month unleashed a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine.
The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. It's a reversal for local officials who long feared that designation as a federal Superfund site would harm economic development.
Word that OPEC was producing 31.57 million barrels of oil per day in September—a level not seen since April 2012—sent prices into free-fall Monday. Light, sweet crude for November delivery lost $2.53 to settle at $47.10 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent dropped $2.79 to $49.86, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An analysis by an investment banking firm says spending on exploration for new oil deposits will drop to $25 billion next year, which will result in drastically curtailed production in the future, FuelFix reports.
Trimming its capital spending by almost a fifth in 2016, Phillips 66 says it will still continue to grow some of its midstream operations, including pipeline projects in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, FuelFix reports.
Although some 35,000 energy jobs have been cut in Alberta as oil producers tighten their belts to ride out the price slide, many money-losing oil sands projects are continuing, since their operators have too much invested to give up, The New York Times reports.
DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy are pushing for an end to Michigan’s renewable energy mandates, saying their investment in solar and wind power will continue to rise without state requirements, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.
First at a public hearing, then last week in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission, supporters of the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative say it will move further, faster toward generating more electricity from renewable sources than would the Hawaii Electric Light Co. under NextEra Energy Inc. ownership, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.
ChemRisk, a science consultant often used by companies under fire in environmental cases, has taken a couple of environmental activists to court for their unpaid article—published in The Huffington Post—about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, The New York Times reports.
Philadelphia’s Democratic candidate for mayor, Jim Kenney—who’s looking to build a consensus between business leaders and environmental activists on energy issues—is cautious when prodded for a position on developing the region as an energy hub, The Inquirer reports.
With the market driving down prices for renewables and natural gas, utilities like Dominion Resources and Dynegy are embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan as reinforcement for the plans they were already making for the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.