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  • EPA Pollutes River, Uses Scare Tactics To Take Control Of A Colorado Town

    06/06/2016 5:45:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 06/05/2016 | Ethan Barton
    A decades-long battle between federal environmental officials and a small Colorado town is about to end in the government’s favor, thanks to the agency-caused Gold King Mine spill disaster ... Residents surrendered to federal demands only after an EPA work-crew turned the nearby Animas River bright yellow for nearly a week by releasing a three-million-gallon flood of acidic mine waste under extremely questionable circumstances in August 2015. Suspended in the flood was 880,000 pounds of toxic metals, including lead and arsenic, that poured into the river that supplies drinking water for people living in three states and the Navajo Nation....
  • House panel chairman: Gold King mine was breached on purpose ( EPA )

    03/02/2016 5:57:40 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | March 1, 2016 | Matthew Brown
    The Republican chairman of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine said Tuesday the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team. The assertion by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah contradicts claims by the Obama administration that the cleanup team was doing only preparatory work at the Gold King mine. Once it was breached, wastewater loaded with lead, arsenic and other contaminants fouled downstream rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Bishop cited an email in which an Interior Department official said the spill last August...
  • Coal mine explosion in Russia kills 5 rescuers, no survivors among 26 miners trapped underground

    02/28/2016 11:46:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    .rt.com ^ | 28 Feb, 2016 16:20
    A new explosion has rocked a coalmine in Vorkuta, northern Russia, killing five rescuers and one miner. The blast occurred during efforts to rescue workers trapped underground after the first blast at the mine earlier this week. ... The Emergencies Ministry has officially confirmed that none of the 26 miners whom the rescuers were trying to save from the first blast had survived. That brings the total death toll from the two explosions to 36 people. The first blast happened on Thursday. Four people were killed immediately and the rescue operation for those trapped started. Coalmine rescuers were operating at...
  • Bowie shuts down coal mine ( Jobs & Energy : Colorado )

    02/27/2016 7:55:01 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 26, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    The North Fork Valley is now down to one operating coal mine after Friday’s announcement that the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia is being idled. Kentucky-based Bowie Resource Partners said in a news release that the action is occurring “as a result of continued market deterioration.” “The mine will remain idle while the market for Bowie No. 2 coal is evaluated,” the company said. The mine employs 108 full-time employees and one contractor. Bowie said it expects that 68 positions will be eliminated ... Just a few years ago, Bowie No. 2 employed more than 300 miners ... Another...
  • 4 Chinese miners rescued after 36 days underground

    01/29/2016 1:58:29 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 Jan 2016
    Rescuers on Friday pulled out four miners who had spent 36 days trapped underground in a collapsed mine in eastern China. The mine collapsed on Christmas Day, killing one and leaving 17 missing, including the four survivors. According to CCTV, one of men at the time could be heard saying, "I feel relieved and secure now. We will remember you (rescue team) forever."
  • Teflon Tony Rodham, the Clintons’ Shady Id

    05/28/2015 6:14:10 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | May 28, 2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Sitting in a courtroom three years ago, after skipping out on a sizable legal bill, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s youngest brother struck a reassuring tone: Don’t worry, the money is coming. “I deal through the Clinton Foundation,” Tony Rodham said, according to court transcripts uncovered by the New York Times. He gave his word that Hillary and Bill were setting him up with Haitian-government permits to build a $22 million housing development in the earthquake-stricken country. “I hound my brother-in-law, because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from,” Rodham explained, promising a $1 million check once the...
  • Littoral Combat Ships’ Mine-Hunting Drones Can’t Find Mines, Pentagon Finds

    12/12/2015 5:18:54 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 12/12/15 | bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them often fails to work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • Government takes family's land near Area 51 [ Nevada ]

    10/20/2015 7:12:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    KLAS-TV 8 News Now ^ | 10/19 2015 | Glen Meek
    LAS VEGAS - Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force. Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust. The I-Team broke the story of the family's fight with the government. The Sheahan family, which until now owned the mine, knew they faced an uphill fight. They also expected the government would probably take the land through eminent domain even though the Sheahan's owned it since Abe...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mine’s coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Another Colorado coal mine to undergo federal environmental review

    09/12/2015 7:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Cathy Proctor
    A second northwestern Colorado coal mine will undergo a review of the mine's environmental impact following an agreement reached by the federal government, the mine's owners and WildEarth Guardians.. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The agreement gives the federal government until the end of April to complete a new review of the mine’s operations. ... Our miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal that’s needed to supply the grid...
  • Mine’s owner says he tried to keep out EPA but was threatened with fines

    08/20/2015 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from gaining access to his property, but that he relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused. Mine owner Todd Hennis said that he had little choice four years ago but to allow in an EPA-led crew, which triggered the Aug. 5 blowout that sent 3 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater down the Animas River. “When you are a small guy and you’re having a $35,000 a day fine accrue against you, you have...
  • N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry

    08/09/2015 6:58:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/10
    N. Korea behind recent mine explosion in DMZ: Defense Ministry 2015/08/10 10:30 SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to have masterminded the bloody explosion of land mines in the demilitarized zone last week, the Defense Ministry said Monday, in the latest military provocation by the North, happening just weeks before a scheduled joint military exercise between South Korea and the U.S. The mine blasts took place on the morning of Aug. 4 on the southern side of the DMZ near the city of Paju, Gyeonggi Province, while eight South Korean Army troops carried out a regular scouting...
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Alaska votes to restrict large mine

    11/05/2014 9:37:30 PM PST · by balch3 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/05/2014 | Timothy Cama
    Alaska voters approved a ballot measure aimed at adding a hurdle to the potential development of a major copper and gold mine. The measure requires the state’s legislature to approve any proposed mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed. It targets the Pebble Mine, a planned copper and gold mine that would be the largest of its kind in the world. Environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some Alaska native tribes want to stop the mine due to its potential impact on wildlife in Bristol Bay and the watershed, including a massive salmon population. Sixty-five percent of voters approved...
  • Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

    10/30/2014 10:29:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    KVNF ^ | October 30, 2014
    Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia. ... Last year the shutdown of another mine in the region caused nearly 300 people to lose their jobs. That coal mine is in Somerset. In the release, Bowie says it will provide the 150 laid off workers with 60 days of wages and benefits.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review

    05/01/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Agency officials coached tribes on how to oppose Alaska’s Pebble Mine. Obama has repeatedly urged that science guide environmental decisions, regulators inside the Environmental Protection Agency secretly worked with tribal and environmental activists to preempt a full review of an Alaskan mine and veto the project before the owners’ permits could be considered, internal memos show. Charged with being neutral arbiters, EPA officials instead began advocating for a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine project in western Alaska as early as 2008, long before any scientific studies were conducted or the permit applications for the project were even filed, ......
  • The Best State in America Is…?

    01/23/2014 2:29:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    What’s the best state in America? I’m not sure I can answer that broad question, but I can address the more narrow issue of which state has the most economic freedom. Last month, for instance, I shared some data from the Canada-based Fraser Institute which showed that South Dakota was America’s most laissez-faire state, followed by Tennessee, Delaware, Texas, and Virginia (though all of them trailed the Canadian province of Alberta). And one year ago, I posted about a fascinating Mercatus study that ranked states based on total freedom (including, interestingly, a “bachelor party” variable). That research put North Dakota...
  • Miner being called a hero: Man died trying to save co-worker from carbon monoxide poisoning (CO)

    11/19/2013 7:54:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | , November 18, 2013 | Charles Ashby
    Rick Williams is a hero for trying to save the life of fellow Revenue-Virginius Mine worker Nicholas Cappanno in a mine accident Sunday that took both their lives, Cappanno’s brother, Eric Keep, said Monday. Cappanno, a 34-year-old Montrose resident, was new to the hard-rock mine industry, having worked at the Ouray County mine only a few weeks, Keep said. He died alongside Williams, his immediate supervisor in the newly reopened silver and gold mine just southwest of Ouray, in an accident that also injured 19 others early Sunday. “He worked in the gas patch for years, but that would take...
  • Breaking News: Two Dead, 20 Hospitalized in Accident at Ouray County Mine (Colorado)

    11/17/2013 4:00:30 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Watch Newspapers ^ | Nov. 17, 2013 | William Woody, Samantha Wright and Gus Jarvis
    OURAY – A mining accident early Sunday morning at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in Ouray County has killed two miners and sent 20 to the region's hospitals. According to Ouray County authorities at approximately 3:20 p.m. Sunday, the rescue initiated for two miners who remained underground resulted in confirmation of two fatalities at the site by the County Coroner's office; the two men's identities have not been released. Twenty victims were taken to various hospitals in the region, with one victim reportedly in critical condition at Montrose Memorial Hospital. ... The historic Revenue-Virginius Silver Mine is located 6.9 miles south of...
  • Obama refers to 'my military' at Medal of Honor ceremony (Video)(3rd time)

    10/16/2013 8:52:53 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 17 replies
    Examiner.Com ^ | October 16, 2013
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor -- the nation's highest military honor -- to Army Captain William D. Swenson. But for the third time, Obama referred to "my military" during the ceremony, according to a transcript at the official website of the U.S. Army. "So, Will Swenson was there for his brothers. He was there for their families. As a nation, we thank God that patriots like him are there for us all. So, Will, God bless you and all the men you've fought alongside, and for everything you've done for us. God bless all of our...
  • The Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine comes to Google Street View

    09/10/2013 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Dysart · 7 replies
    PopsSci ^ | 9-9-13
    In medieval times, when salt was precious, the mine brought great wealth to Poland. Over the centuries, the men who mined it filled it with religious and historical sculptures and underground chapels alongside their workshops. Older miners taught younger ones how to carve in salt. In modern times, mine officials invited artists to create other sculptures in the mine's passageways.Chapel of St. Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland Screenshot from Google Street View
  • What mining companies face

    07/11/2013 9:02:34 AM PDT · by SilverMine · 7 replies
    WQOW ^ | 11 July, 2013 | Silverminer
    If you would really like to see what mining companies are faced with, take a few minutes to read and watch the report at www.wqow.com/story/22811032/video-shows-confrontation" There's new video showing how intense the battle has become over mining in northern Wisconsin. The video is of a confrontation in the woods. This week, we've seen the steps a company has taken to protect its proposed mining site along the Iron-Ashland County line. Armed guards from an Arizona security company were hired. Gogebic Taconite has had concerns ever since an incident with protesters last month. For the first time, we're seeing video believed...
  • Ecoterrorist protesters nasty at Wisconsin mine

    07/11/2013 8:28:13 AM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 10 replies
    Right Wisconsin ^ | July 11, 2013 | From the Deer Stand
    The company building the mine in northern Wisconsin has hired armed guards to protect workers after a barrage of ecoterrorist leftists launched the threatening verbal assualt on mine workers. Liberal Democrat State Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar, WI, and Democrat State Rep. Janet Bewely of Ashland, WI were outraged that the mine company hired armed security. Jauch was one of the Democrat senators who fled to Illinois during Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 proposal. Check out the video but be warned that there are a lot of "F" words, none of which were used by the mine workers.Wisconsin mine protesters
  • Armed guards at mine site withdrawn over lack of licensure

    07/11/2013 4:55:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-11-13 | jason stein
    An out-of-state security company providing armed guards for a proposed mining site in northern Wisconsin is standing down at least for now after it was revealed that the firm isn't licensed to provide private security inside Wisconsin. A spokesman for mining firm Gogebic Taconite LLC said that his firm had asked Bulletproof Securities to withdraw its guards from the proposed mine area until it obtains a license to operate in the state. Bob Seitz of Gogebic made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after being contacted by a Journal Sentinel reporter earlier in the day, though Seitz said that Gogebic had first...
  • UPDATE: Gogebic Taconite posts armed guards at iron mine site

    07/10/2013 9:23:32 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 9 replies
    WKOW- Madison ^ | Posted: Jul 09, 2013 11:36 AM CDT | Greg Neumann
    But a company spokesperson says they're simply trying to protect themselves from the types of protesters that vandalized the mine site on June 11th. 15 to 20 protesters raided the mine site in the Town of Anderson early that morning, throwing full soda cans and water jugs towards some workers. One of the protesters, who Iron County Sheriff's Deputies identified as 26 year-old Katie Kloth of Stevens Point, is facing a felony charge of robbery with use of force. A sheriff's report states Kloth forcibly stole a camera away from a Gogebic employee who was videotaping the protesters. The employee...
  • Local miners told mines are being idled (WV)

    10/19/2012 3:59:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    WVVA.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | WVVA.com
    A number of miners in southern West Virginia employed by Mechel-Bluestone have received news this week not to come back to work until further notice, WVVA News has learned. A miner at one of the affected mines -- Double Bonus Mine on Pinnacle Creek Road in Pineville -- tells WVVA News that the miners there were told Thursday the mine was being idled until further notice. The miner says the affected workers were told they could file for low-earning unemployment and that a timetable for return was uncertain. At least four other underground and surface mines in the area were...
  • The concession speech the world has been waiting for:

    10/15/2012 11:26:14 AM PDT · by subterfuge · 21 replies
    Subterfuge Daily ^ | 10/15/12 | subterfuge
    Ladies and gentlemen, as you know I’ve been very proud to be your president these last 4 years. Aaand, you know, while I’ve worked as hard between rounds of golf as I possibly could have during these tumultuous times, there simply wasn’t enough time for me to fix all the horrendous things George Bush did to make me inherit the worst economy the U.S. has EVER faced. Some say, ah, that no one man could have repaired all the damage my predecessor had done in 8 years, let alone 4. The important thing to remember is that none of our...
  • Congressman Morgan Griffith Statement on Closure of Buchanan Mine (in Virginia)

    09/04/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | September 4, 2012 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after learning that CONSOL Energy will temporarily idle, effective today, its Buchanan Mine in Southwest Virginia: “With this Administration’s ongoing war on coal, unfortunately, today’s extremely disappointing news doesn’t come as a surprise. Our economy is struggling. With current policies, the down economy is not going to improve soon. Obviously, this means that construction, including items built with steel, have been put on hold. This Administration has been clear about one thing, it is not serious about using our own energy resources, thus inviting other countries to increase their production of coal....
  • Zambian miners kill Chinese manager in riot

    08/05/2012 7:11:40 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | 05 August 2012
    Zambian coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague in a riot over wages at a mine known for tensions with the Chinese investor in southern Zambia, state media reported. "Wu Shengzai, aged 50, has been killed by protesting workers after being hit by a trolley which was pushed towards him by the rioting miners as he ran away into the underground where he wanted to seek refugee. He died on the spot while his colleague is in hospital," Southern province police commissioner Fred Mutondo told state news agency the Zambia News and Information Services on Sunday....
  • Duluth sets Bechtel parameters for 100 year copper-nickel-pgm mine PFS

    03/23/2012 7:38:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Mineweb ^ | 22 mar 2012
    HONG KONG (Mineweb) - Talking to Duluth Metals Chairman and CEO, Chris Dundas at Mines & Money Hong Kong he remains extremely enthusiastic about his monster mining project in Northern Minnesota, USA which, if and when it comes to fruition, will become one of the world's great underground mining operations with a mine life probably well in excess of 100 years. Top engineering company Bechtel has been retained to undertake the preparation of the NI 43-101 Prefeasibility Study (PFS) on the initial project based primarily on the Nokomis section of this vast resource and the parameters under which Bechtel has...
  • Assembly mining bill gets sudden GOP support in Senate (Wisconsin)

    02/16/2012 5:47:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    jsonline ^ | Milwaukee J-S | Lee Bergquist, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison - In hope of pushing through controversial mining legislation, the Senate's top leader on Wednesday disbanded a special committee on the issue, but the move could instead prevent a bill from passing before the legislative session ends March 15. The decision by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) to support the Assembly version of the measure comes amid a second round of recall elections that could result in Republicans losing their majority in the Senate. The Assembly bill weakens existing mining regulations, but supporters believe it provides adequate environmental protections and would spur development of a massive open pit...
  • Obama: It's My Economy? Fine. Give It To Me.(2009)

    08/08/2011 8:03:13 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies
    TCM ^ | 7-14-2009 | Rachel Slajda
    In a speech at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., today, President Obama veered off his prepared remarks to take this shot at some of the "it's Obama's economy" critics: I love those folks who helped get us in this mess, and suddenly they say, "This is Obama's economy." That's fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.
  • White House: Need to monitor online 'extremism'

    08/04/2011 9:47:02 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 49 replies
    cnet.com ^ | August 3, 2011 | By: Declan McCullagh
    A White House terrorism strategy released today says Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks aid in "advancing violent extremist narratives" and should be monitored by the government. The 12-page strategy (PDF), which outlines ways to respond to violent extremism, promises that: "We will continue to closely monitor the important role the Internet and social-networking sites play in advancing violent extremist narratives." President Obama said in a statement accompanying the report that the federal government will start "helping communities to better understand and protect themselves against violent extremist propaganda, especially online."
  • Archaeologists Return to 'King Solomon's Mines' of Biblical Edom

    05/31/2011 8:53:36 AM PDT · by Palter · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Archaeology ^ | 31 May 2011 | Dan McLerran
    A team of archaeologists and others will return to a site southeast of the Dead Sea in late September, 2011 to continue investigations of what is now considered to be one of the largest copper mines of the ancient Middle East. Among other things, scientists hope to be able to identify the ethnicity or nationality of the people who actually controlled the mining and smelting operation during the 10th century B.C.E., the time period when, based on the Biblical accounts, scholars have traditionally dated the kingdom of Edom, as well as that of David and Solomon of ancient Israel. The...
  • EPA Retroactively Vetoes Spruce No. 1 Mine Permit(1,000 More Jobs Destroyed!)

    01/13/2011 10:33:46 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    WBOY-TV12 ^ | 1-13-11 | WBOY-TV
    After more than a year of review and negotiation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Jan. 13 that it rescinded the permit for Arch Coal Co.’s Spruce Fork No. 1 surface mine in Logan County. The mine would have unacceptable effects on the environment, the agency decided. “EPA is taking this action under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act because the discharges associated with the DA Permit in Pigeonroost Branch, Oldhouse Branch and their tributaries will have unacceptable adverse effects on wildlife,” reads the agency’s final determination. “In addition, the impacts downstream due to the destruction of those streams...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-14-10 (DUmmies DU a Debbie Downer on the Chile mine rescue!)

    10/14/2010 10:13:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 41 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 14, 2010 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    It's the feel-good story of the year! The Chile mine rescue transfixed, united, and gladdened the whole world that was watching. But leave it to the DUmmies of Democratic Underground to use the rescue operation as an occasion to blast two of their favorite EEEvils, namely, capitalism and religion. Now, to be fair, many of the DUmmies did cheer and rejoice--it was hard not to. But there were not a few Debbie Downers who couldn't help but interject their pet hates into the story. You can see that on their several "live threads"--I'll link just THREAD #3, but you...
  • Miners as Metaphor: Hope Rescued from the Mine in Chile, World Invited to Begin Again

    10/13/2010 6:42:48 AM PDT · by tcg · 13 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/13/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Like the rest of the world I awakened with the plight of 33 miners in Chile immediately coming to my mind. I had drifted off to sleep last night praying for the success of the rescue mission which had already begun. Throughout the evening, as time zones allowed, people of every nation watched, almost as sentries. Then, with the fresh light of dawn, I awakened to the colorful collage of safety jacket orange and celebrative flags illuminated by the sundrenched backdrop of the Chilean desert. Hope sprung forth from that dark mine and lit up the whole world. The entire...
  • Chile miners: joy as rescue to begin on Wednesday (drilling team & drill is American)

    10/10/2010 9:23:32 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10-10-2010
    Speaking at the San Jose mine at the end of an emotional day, Laurence Golborne, Chile’s mining minister, said that engineers had decided the first 315 feet (96 metres) of the shaft would need to be cased with steel lining as a protection against falling rocks.
  • Chile mine rescue enters new phase

    10/10/2010 3:58:14 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 23 replies
    IANS ^ | 10/10/10 | IANS
    Copiapo (Chile), Oct 10 (DPA) The rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners entered a precarious new phase Sunday, after a powerful drill broke through to an underground chamber where the men will board the escape capsule. The evacuation of the miners is likely to start Wednesday, according to the country's mining minister Laurence Golborne. Golborne cautioned against early jubilation, warning: 'We still haven't saved anyone yet.' The 33 miners have endured the longest known underground entrapment ever - more than two months - all the while connected to the world through audio and visual links. Now they have to...
  • Giant rats put noses to work on Africa's land mine epidemic

    09/08/2010 4:08:51 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 25 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 09/08/2010 | Eliott C. McLaughlin
    (CNN) -- Niko Mushi hated rats, as did most people in his village near Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro -- until he learned the critters had a nose for land mines. Mushi, 32, has been working with giant African pouched rats for almost seven years. He now enjoys their company -- "They're just like my friend," he says -- but he concedes he was skeptical when the man who conceived the idea for HeroRats first told him they could sniff out live ordnance. "I thought maybe he was making some jokes," Mushi said. "I was amazed that rats could do such a...
  • 33 miners in Chile are alive, but stuck for months

    08/22/2010 11:43:39 PM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | August 22, 2010 | MAURICIO CUERVAS
    COPIAPO, Chile — For 33 men found alive after 17 days trapped deep in a copper and gold mine, the toughest challenge now may be preserving their sanity during the months it may take to carve a tunnel big enough for them to get out. Chileans were euphoric Sunday after a narrow drill broke through 2,257 feet (688 meters) of solid rock to reach an emergency refuge where the miners had gathered. The trapped men quickly tied two notes to the end of a probe that rescuers pulled to the surface, announcing in big red letters: "All 33 of us...
  • Religious, Comments

    08/16/2010 6:38:53 PM PDT · by learner · 287 replies · 3+ views
    Learner | August 16,2010 | Learner
    I am sick and tired of this site being taken over by Catholics ( of which I am one ) stories or proverbs. This is a news site not a religion site. Go do that somewhere else. I am not opposed to your prostilazion(sp), just not here. We lose credibility if any religious group dictates or can be quoted from this site. As a long term member of this site I regret posting this information, but the site has been buried in Catholic stuff recently and it should be shunted to some separate page.
  • Playing Politics with Death

    04/07/2010 12:43:36 PM PDT · by pb929 · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Smoke and Change ^ | 4/7/2010 | Smoke and Change
    There is nothing more despicable than using the misfortune and tragedy of others for your own personal gain, and yet we are subjected to this type of crass spectacle all too often by our very own elected representatives. The latest example is the terrible coal mine accident this week in West Virginia where at least 25 miners were killed and hope is fading for several others who are still trapped. With the nation riveted on the rescue efforts and prayers going out for the families of those lost and the men still trapped, several of our esteemed members of Congress...
  • Playing Politics With Mine Tragedy Already?

    04/07/2010 9:51:54 AM PDT · by JedEckert2000 · 13 replies · 506+ views
    www.jedeckert.com ^ | April 7, 2010 | JedEckert2000
    Apparently, the left will stoop to any level - any at all - in order to make a cheap political point. With the horrible accident ongoing and the fates of some miners still not known, the propagandists have already begun linking the West Virginia mining disaster to Tea Parties, global warming, and capitalism. Oh, and remember when President Bush somehow got blamed for the Sago mine disaster?! Surely, the Chosen One could have done something for these poor down-trodden workers...
  • Report: 6 Dead in W. Va. Coal Mine Blast: 21 Unaccounted For

    04/05/2010 3:17:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 2,008+ views
    Report: 6 dead in W. Va. coal mine blast 21 unaccounted for; emergency crews on the scene BREAKING NEWS msnbc.com staff and news service reports updated less than 1 minute ago CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An explosion at an underground West Virginia coal mine on Monday killed at least six people and left 21 unaccounted for, a state mining official said. The accident happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, about 30 miles south of Charleston. The West Virginia state police confirmed an "incident," but had no further information.
  • China mine survivor hunt goes on

    04/03/2010 10:31:21 PM PDT · by shield · 1 replies · 281+ views
    silobreaker ^ | April 4th, 2010
    Rescuers said they have not given up hope of finding survivors one week after a flood trapped 153 workers in a northern Chinese mine. But no decisions have been made yet on the next step after a dive team entered the mine and called the situation underground "very difficult"..
  • Decades-old mine might have hit S.Korea warship: minister

    03/29/2010 10:49:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 715+ views
    New Straits Times ^ | 3/30/2010 | New Straits Times
    A mysterious blast that tore a South Korean warship in half might have been caused by a mine dating back to the 1950-53 Korean War, Seoul’s defence minister said Monday. Forty-six sailors are missing after the Cheonan, a 1,200-tonne corvette, sank in the Yellow Sea Friday night near the tense disputed border with North Korea, in one of the country’s worst sea disasters. The area was the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999 and 2002, and of a firefight last November. But Seoul officials say there is no evidence so far Pyongyang attacked the Cheonan. Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young...
  • The Mega Crystals of Naica Mine: Big Pics

    02/16/2010 12:47:10 PM PST · by DemforBush · 21 replies · 1,980+ views
    Discovery ^ | 2/15/10 | n/a
    Nestling up to a cauldron of pressurized, molten rock is almost never a good idea. But in Mexico's Naica mine, the payoff is worth the risk. About 900 feet below the surface, there is a chamber filled with gypsum. It's the same stuff that goes in the drywall in your house, only in Naica it spent half a million years parboiling in a chamber filled with magma-heated water. Suddenly miners showed up and started pumping the mineral-rich broth out to get at valuable silver and lead deposits nearby. The result is a cavern filled with crystals 36 feet long and...