JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.
The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.
In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.
The group says the U.S. Department of Interior approved mining plans without enough public involvement, and gave little heed to the pollution caused by digging, shipping and burning coal. The group asked the courts to stop mining until the plans are re-done.
BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen coal miners have died after being trapped by a weekend gas explosion in northwestern China, an official news agency reported Monday.
The miners were trapped Saturday by the explosion at a mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said Monday they had died and the cause of the incident was under investigation.
China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has improved as regulators strengthen enforcement of safety rules.
While not committing to a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, a Murray Energy Corp. spokesman said the mining company is prepared to fight the agency's proposed limits on carbon emissions at existing power plants, The Hill reports.
Palladium settled at its highest price in more than a decade as a mining strike in South Africa continues to pinch production of the metal.
Palladium for September delivery rose $5.60 to settle at $860.15 on Wednesday. That's the highest settlement price since February 2001, according to FactSet data.
Negotiations to end the nearly five-month strike ended earlier this week without an agreement. The strike started Jan. 23 and has squeezed supplies of the industrial metal, which is used to make catalytic converters that filter car exhaust.
WHITE PINE, Mich. (AP) — A way of life dating back more than a century appeared over in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when the last copper mine closed in 1995, idling more than 1,000 employees and turning this once-thriving company town into a forlorn outpost.
Now a Canadian company is planning a new mine at the site a few miles from Lake Superior, where screeching gulls hover over empty buildings and parking lots are littered with broken glass. If Highland Copper Co.'s plans go forward, the area will be astir once more as underground ores are blasted, hauled to the surface and crushed at a mill to extract valuable minerals.
White Pine's impending rebirth is almost miraculous to local residents who have borne the brunt of its demise, but it's part of something even bigger: a surprising resurgence of a mining industry that once was an economic pillar in three Upper Midwestern states but has been in serious decline.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's president has fired his chief of staff over his negotiating of a mining agreement and granting another company the right to log unlimited amounts of timber.
The statement from President Ernest Bai Koroma's office late Monday said Richard Conteh's negotiation of the mining agreement exposed the government to "potential loss of revenue." Conteh also allegedly issued an order allowing one company to export unlimited amounts of timber instead of the 30 containers stipulated by the president.
As chief of staff, Conteh, who was previously finance minister, was charged with overseeing projects initiated by the president and monitoring the performance of the other ministries.
In the latest developments in a dispute over copper exports, Indonesia has slammed Newmont Mining for declaring force majeure – which allows it to back out of contracts without penalty – and says the company isn’t moving quickly enough to comply with local regulations, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of investors that includes former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is seeking $10 million from a mining company in exchange for access to a huge copper and silver reserve — a move the company's chief executive said Wednesday was "extortion" and included a threat to stir up negative publicity for the project.
Schweitzer, who has hinted at a 2016 presidential run, rejected the accusation and said he had been making a good-faith effort to resolve the dispute with a cash and stock settlement.
The biofuels industry needs to evolve beyond the traditional ethanol model, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by new technology, exports and the market offered by the military as well as aviation, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told FuelFix in an interview.
When FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply decided to shut two power plants and cancel its contract to buy coal from Tunnel Ridge, it blamed government regulation beyond its control, an assertion the mining company is challenging in court, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Land reclamation hasn’t finished around half of the more than 47,000 inactive wells in Colorado, according to The Denver Post, which notes that although the state requires the cleanup, it does not put a time frame on it.
The flow of oil has been shut to a Hilcorp Alaska pipeline that leaked over the weekend and authorities have recovered nearly 4,000 gallons of crude and fluids, although blizzard conditions provided an extra challenge to clean up crews, KTUU reports.
There will be an appeal of a U.S. District judge’s decision not to grant class action status to a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over bad gasoline the company distributed in Louisiana last year, The Advocate reports.
Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. says it plans to upgrade New Jersey’s gas infrastructure – including gas mains and service lines – at a cost of $1.6 billion over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A measure to ban oil drilling -- which is going before the voters in Hermosa Beach, California Tuesday -- is the latest twist in a long history of yes-but-no attitudes toward drilling in the beachside community, The New York Times reports.
A $1.55 billion project to generate electricity from tidal force is being proposed for Swansea in Wales, with Tidal Lagoon Power envisioning a tidal lagoon that can power 155,000 homes, BBC News reports.