SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday.
Three administrative judges of the federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board listened to telephone arguments on its April decision to put a temporary hold on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating license for Powertech Uranium Corp.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting that eight miners died in mine accidents in the first three months of 2014, three in coal mining accidents and the rest in metal and other mines.
Joseph Main, the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, says they've seen a spike in deaths thus far in the second quarter, primarily in metal and other non-coal mining.
Since October, there have been 19 mining fatalities.
It’s expected that the Pebble Partnership will make a formal response Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to use the Clean Water Act to hold up the permitting process for the copper and gold mine, The Hill reports.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.
Tribal president Bryan Brewer is demanding protection from the federal government from "immediate threat of contamination and irreparable harm."
RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.
DeFazio, D-Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: The Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990s have disappeared, the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs, and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out a so-called "conflict minerals" rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had mandated that companies state whether their goods may have originated in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, E&E reports.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.
The preliminary numbers were released Thursday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. It reports that the 20 coal mining deaths last year were unchanged from 2012, but deaths at other mining operations were up by six, to 22.
The 2013 deaths were driven by 15 mining fatalities in the fourth quarter of the year. The overall injury rate dipped to a historic low.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday defended her review that could potentially restrict or ban surface mining near Alaska's sensitive Bristol Bay, despite complaints that it has put a cloud over the proposed Pebble Mine.
McCarthy's decision to consider a ban on mining in the area came under strong questioning from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on EPA's budget. Murkowski argued that EPA was moving ahead with the review before any formal permit application by Pebble developers.
A senior official with the American Council for Capital Formation, which is funding “Unlock Crude Exports,” a new push to repeal the ban on shipping U.S. crude overseas, says doing so would allow the country to take full advantage of its energy boom, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit air pollution from refineries could have the opposite effect because it would force installation of new flaring systems instead of continuing the trend of reducing flaring, according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Oil was sliding again early Thursday after the Federal Reserve wound up its asset-purchase program and the Energy Information Administration reported the highest level of U.S. production since the 1980s. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 81 cents to $81.39 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 86 cents to $86.26, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., made a pointed reference to her influence as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while Republican candidate Rob Maness emphasized his support for increased oil and gas drilling, during the final debate of the campaign before the state’s Nov. 4 “jungle primary,” The Times-Picayune reports.
Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown visited the Seabrook nuclear plant Wednesday, and later in a statement accused incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., of failing to support nuclear power, but she responded by saying nuclear energy is an important part of the fight against climate change, The Associated Press reports.
Osaka Gas Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., which have contracted to buy gas from the proposed Freeport LNG terminal, will also supply $1.2 billion toward construction of the first unit, while $3.85 billion will come from Japanese banks, FuelFix reports.
Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas filed a motion in court this week demanding that the company make public documents about the maintenance and repair of the Pegasus pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for the European Commission says a marathon negotiating session Wednesday failed to generate an agreement in the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, and talks are continuing Thursday, Reuters reports.
Iran may still be wrestling with finding a way to cut a deal with the West over its nuclear program, to ease biting sanctions, but falling oil prices have added even more pressure to the situation, The New York Times reports.