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.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.
London-based mining company Rio Tinto announced plans to give its $16 million worth of shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. to the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corp. Education Foundation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Friends and families of victims of a West Virginia mine explosion have met to remember lost loved ones and seek justice.
Wednesday's gathering outside the Charleston federal courthouse commemorated the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. Saturday is the four-year anniversary of the explosion that killed 29.
Massey Energy owned the mine and was later sold. Former CEO Don Blankenship released a documentary this week disputing his company was at fault. Victims' families say the film was like pouring salt in a wound.
BHP Billiton isn't commenting on a report that it may sell off about $19 billion in assets, but the mining and commodities giant acknowledged Tuesday that it is looking at simplifying its portfolio as commodities prices slump, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Obama administration on Friday invoked rarely-used powers under federal water pollution law to prevent a massive copper and gold surface mine from being developed in southwest Alaska's salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed.
"It's just an extraordinary set of circumstances in Bristol Bay that really deserve this special type of consideration," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.
The federal agency will ask the state and those behind the proposed Pebble Mine to make their case for the project.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tear apart an electric car's rechargeable battery and you'll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils.
And experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades.
The Interior Department rule governing drilling on federal lands should contain “the strongest possible safeguards,” according to a letter sent to the Office of Management and Budget by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and 11 of his Democratic colleagues, FuelFix reports.
Agreements reached between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Indian leader’s visit to the White House include a strategic partnership to improve energy security, clean energy and climate change resilience, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the weekly stockpile report issued Wednesday, oil was trading slightly higher the day after a big plunge. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 43 cents to $91.59 in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent climbed 19 cents to $94.86, Bloomberg reports.
Shares in oilfield equipment maker National Oilwell Varco have dropped some 2.6 percent since the company announced it would buy back $3 billion worth from investors, the repurchase a sign that the firm may be running out of acquisition targets, FuelFix reports.
Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.
The retirement of coal plants over the next six years – pushed by tougher federal emissions regulations – should cause an increase of up to 5 billion cubic feet a day in demand for natural gas, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Direct, Platts reports.
Claiming in a report that African-Americans bear a greater brunt of the health impacts from the use of coal as an energy source, the NAACP is calling for a more just energy policy in Utah and across the rest of the country, which would encourage developing alternative energy and clean energy, according to the Deseret News.
As technology advances -- with the availability of cheap sensors and a proliferation of software to help collect and analyze the data they gather -- the drive toward more energy efficiency in buildings is getting a big boost, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A special fund launched in Mexico Tuesday will handle income from the country’s oil and gas sector -– which has been newly opened to private investment –- giving some of it to the federal government and directing some to long-term savings, The Wall Street Journal reports.