James River Coal idles mines in Kentucky


James River Coal Co. idled four coal mines in Kentucky and furloughed workers in an effort to save cash as it struggles with falling coal prices, Reuters reports.

Nevada mine pollution deal brings residents $19.5M

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination.

China opposes release of WTO report on rare earths

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it opposes the release of a WTO report about its export curbs on rare earths — exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products — following news accounts that the document rejects Beijing's policy as a trade violation.

Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Murkowski tailors critical minerals bill to win Dem support

On her second try, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has managed to get the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to join her on legislation to expand U.S. production of rare earths and other minerals critical for high-tech domestic manufacturing.

The question now is whether she can get a vote on the Senate floor -- where seemingly popular energy bills often stall under the weight of controversial unrelated amendments -- and then reach a deal with pro-mining House Republicans.

Coal industry, lawmakers rally against EPA regulations

National Journal

Thousands of miners and coal industry workers joined coal-state lawmakers for a Capitol Hill rally against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas regulations, National Journal reports.

CONSOL to sell 5 mines for at least $850M in cash

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — CONSOL Energy Inc. said Monday it is selling all five of its longwall coal mines in West Virginia to a subsidiary of Ohio-based Murray Energy for a deal that includes $850 million in cash.

Mercury from gold rush could threaten Calif. ecosystems

USA Today

Scientists say that mercury used during California's gold rush continues to leak from mine residuals into ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada range, USA Today reports.

New group launches fresh campaign against Pebble Mine

Anchorage Daily News

Bristol Bay United, a new advocacy group opposing the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, launched a new television campaign  stressing the importance of sockeye salmon populations that the project could harm, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Vitter seeks DOJ probe in EPA's Alaska gold mine raid

The Washington Free Beacon

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., urged the Justice Department to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency's armed raid on an Alaskan gold mine in August, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

Budget debate may include mining royalty proposals


Previous budget proposals suggest lawmakers may include hardrock mining reforms in upcoming budget negotiations as a way to raise new revenue, E&E reports.


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