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  • Rescuers call off attempts to save man who fell 190ft into abandoned mine shaft

    03/05/2011 10:50:17 AM PST · by rellimpank · 68 replies
    Daily Mail--UK via Drudge ^ | 05 mar 2011 | Wil Longbottom
    Rescuers have called off attempts to save a man who fell into an abandoned mine shaft, despite video footage showing he was still breathing. The 28-year-old man fell 190ft into part of Murphy's Mine Complex in Jersey Valley, Nevada, on Wednesday. But the shaft was so unstable that parts of the walls were crumbling and rocks were hitting rescuers on the head, forcing teams to postpone the operation.
  • China holding rare-earth materials back from export

    02/05/2011 5:32:01 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    European Business Press ^ | February 04, 2011 | Phil Ling
    According to the new report on the world linear and torque motor market by IMS Research, the biggest threat to the market is the continuity of supply of rare-earth magnets, as the latest reports show that the Chinese Government intends to cut export quotas of rare earth material by 35% for the first half of 2011. It is widely accepted that China produces 97% of the world's rare-earth material and so controls the world market for it... It poses several questions; how are direct-drive motor manufacturers going to ensure continuity of supply of rare-earth magnetic components, and what is the...
  • Chairman Issa Slams EPA Decision To Close Mine

    01/13/2011 3:43:17 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 10 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/13/2011 | Sean Higgins
    In a preview of the type of confrontations likely this year as the new Republican-led House gets down to business, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said an action by the Environmental Protection Agency to effectively close down a West Virginia coal mine was part of the “climate of uncertainty” facing businesses that was holding back the economic recovery.
  • 29 miners dead after 2nd blast at New Zealand mine

    11/23/2010 9:18:11 PM PST · by Justaham · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Police say all 29 workers missing in a New Zealand coal mine are dead after a second explosion Wednesday that no one could have survived. Explosive and poisonous gases had prevented rescuers from entering the mine to search for the missing men since an initial explosion on Friday at the Pike River Mine. But even if any had survived, the second blast would have killed them, police superintendent Gary Knowles said. "Unfortunately I have to inform the public of New Zealand at 2:37 p.m. today there was another massive explosion underground and based on that explosion no one would have...
  • New Zealand 'hanging on every hope' for miners missing after gas blast

    11/19/2010 9:02:44 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 6 replies ^ | November 19, 2010 | Staff
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A gas explosion ripped through one of New Zealand's largest coal mines Friday while dozens of workers were underground. Five of them, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface but 27 were missing, officials said. One was blown off his vehicle by the blast, which happened at about 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 p.m. ET Thursday), while working about 5,000 feet into the mine. Television footage showed blackened and singed trees and light smoke billowing from the top of a mountain where a 360-foot ventilation shaft emerges. A nearby hut had been blown down, suggesting...
  • Germany to help Japan obtain vital rare earths

    10/17/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | October 16 2010 | AFP
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Germany will help Japan gain access to vital rare earth minerals which are being withheld by China in a territorial dispute, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Saturday. Bruederle was speaking on his way home from a visit to Tokyo where he had talks with Japanese trade and economy ministers Akihiro Ohata and Banri Kaieda. He said they had raised the possibility of Japan running out of stocks of the commodities vital for the manufacture of electronic goods such as mobile telephones. In turn Bruederle spoke of eventual joint efforts to explore for new resources of the...
  • World Exclusive: First Interview With Mario Sepulveda [Chilean Miner]

    10/17/2010 2:51:27 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 10/17/10 | CAROLINE GRAHAM
    Mario says his first instinct was to seek an escape route. ‘Some of the younger ones were in a bad way – hysterical – but I had to find a way out. The only thought that kept going through my head was that I didn’t want to die before my children had an education. It sounds like a crazy thought but that is so important to me. --- He says: ‘The mine was swelteringly hot [around 92F, 33C]. We stripped down to our underwear. It was so humid you could not move without sweating. ‘The air was so bad our...
  • San Jose rescue a terrific success for Chile and for global mining

    10/15/2010 5:24:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mineweb ^ | 15 oct 2010
    At the San Jose mine near Copiapo in Chile all the miners have emerged, one by one, including those brave men who went underground yesterday to help with the extraction from 642 m below surface. The industry at large should view this as a great triumph. This, more than anything we have ever done over the last decades, has had the general public interested in the mining industry. The incident has certainly shown mining engineers in a very positive, professional light. It also, inadvertently, contrasted the oil and mining industries, following so close after the drawn out BP oil spill...
  • They're all out: 33 miners raised safely in Chile

    10/13/2010 8:45:33 PM PDT · by malkee · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 13 2010 | Michael Warren
    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night — a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been trapped so long and survived. Luis Urzua ascended smoothly through 2,000 feet of rock, completing a 22 1/2-hour rescue operation that unfolded with remarkable speed and flawless execution. Before a jubilant crowd of about 2,000 people, he became the 33rd miner to be rescued. "We have done what the entire world...
  • Russian company may get Utah town and uranium

    10/12/2010 6:07:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 10, 2010 | JUDY FAHYS
    Ticaboo • Syd Auster’s father flew fighter jets to protect American soil, including this dusty company town off a two-lane road to Lake Powell. But soon the same mineral-rich landscape that Auster’s dad safeguarded decades ago will be largely owned by the country he once guarded against. By year’s end, the Russian mining company Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) will have a controlling stake in the Canadian company Uranium One. When that happens, the town itself, the Shootaring Canyon uranium mill a few miles up the highway, more than 10,000 acres of uranium claims in Utah and holdings in South Dakota, Wyoming and...
  • Australia on the verge of biggest mining boom since 1850s

    10/12/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Mining Weekly ^ | 12th October 2010 | Esmarie Swanepoel
    PERTH ( – Australia is about to embark on its biggest mining investment boom since the 1850s Gold Rush, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan told investors in the US this week. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics estimates the current pipeline of resources projects in Australia is nearly A$360-billion. A$110-billion of that is in advanced projects. Swan said in a speech delivered at the NYSE that Australia was picking up the pace of its economic reform to make the country an "even more" attractive investment destination.
  • Here's What You Need To Know About The Politics Behind Rare Earth Metals

    10/03/2010 7:33:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Patrick Chovanec
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate held hearings on a bill to jumpstart domestic production of “rare earth” minerals, in order to break China’s near-monopoly on these little known but essential raw materials... “Rare earth” refers to a collection of 17 elements from the periodic table, with Star Trek-sounding names like holmium, europium, neodymium, and thulium. They tend to be found together, and exhibit similar chemical properties that make them useful — and in many cases vital — for a whole host of high-tech applications, such as superconductors, magnets, and lasers. Rare earths are essential ingredients in many emerging “green”...
  • U.S. House may vote on Rare Earths Act this week

    10/02/2010 6:46:57 AM PDT · by epithermal · 33 replies
    Mineweb ^ | 27 Sep 2010 | Dorothy Kosich
    Rare-earth metals have important defense applications because of their magnetic strength, which allows for miniaturization of components. A professional military journal, Joint Force Quarterly, has recently published a report asserting that "China appears to be holding an unlikely trump card" in its dominance of the REE industry. The Pentagon is expected to release a report on the potential national security risks of rare-earth materials dependence next month. The House Committee on Science and Technology Thursday approved the Rare Earth and Critical Materials Revitalization Act of 2010, which authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a rare earth materials program...
  • Chinese Threat on Rare Earth Minerals Could Revitalize U.S. Mines

    09/27/2010 10:31:19 AM PDT · by epithermal · 20 replies
    Science ^ | 23 September 2010 | Robert F. Service
    Action is heating up in the world of rare earth minerals. China has blocked exports of rare earths to Japan over a fishing dispute between the two countries. -snip- "It is precisely this type of vulnerability in the overall rare earths supply chain [for geopolitical reasons and others] that makes it important for Japan and other countries to diversify their supply chains for rare earths," adds Hatch. That diversification may soon get a jump start. Today, the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee approved legislation to authorize funding by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $70 million...
  • Boeing launches search for crucial rare earth elements

    09/20/2010 9:10:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    msnbc ^ | 20 Sept 2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    Minerals, facing shortage, are key for military hardware, cell phones. Boeing has signed a deal to deploy remote sensing technology to map out U.S. deposits of rare earth elements. The rare earth family of minerals is the real-life version of the precious element "unobtanium" in James Cameron's movie "Avatar." They are used to make everything from military hardware to humble cell phones, but could soon be in short supply as worldwide demand outstrips mining production in China. The aerospace and defense giant announced today that it will confirm rare earth mining claims held by U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. at locations...
  • Gem Diamonds unveils 196ct white diamond

    09/11/2010 3:32:18 PM PDT · by epithermal · 26 replies
    Mining Journal ^ | 7 Sep 2010 | Mining Journal
    An “exceptional” 196ct rough white diamond was recovered from Gem Diamonds Ltd’s majority-owned Letseng mine in Lesotho last month. On announcing its August 24 recovery, the company said: “this remarkable rough diamond is expected to achieve a substantial price per carat as preliminary examinations indicate that it is expected to produce top colour and top clarity polished diamonds”. The Letseng mine has produced three of the world’s 20 largest diamonds since Gem Diamonds acquired the asset in 2006. These include the 603ct Lesotho Promise (in August 2006) worth US$12.4 million, the 493ct Letseng Legacy (in September 2007) worth US$10.4 million,...
  • Greenland amends law to allow uranium mining

    09/11/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT · by epithermal · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Mining Journal ^ | 10 Sep 2010 | Mining Journal
    The government of Greenland has amended a decades-old ban on uranium mining that could open the country to exploration for uranium and rare earth minerals. In its decision, Greenland's government amended the terms of its exploration licensing to allow for the exploration of radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium on a case-by-case basis, said Lars Emil Johansen, a former prime minister of Greenland and chairman of Australian mining company Greenland Minerals & Energy Ltd's local subsidiary. The amendment is a reversal of the zero-tolerance policy that was instituted in the 1980s, although the government is still conducting a full...
  • Backlash over China curb on metal exports (environmental rules give China 97% rare earth mineral)

    09/06/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT · by goldendays · 37 replies ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Backlash over China curb on metal exports China's draconian export curbs on rare earth minerals needed by the rest of the world for frontier technologies is escalating into a serious diplomatic and trade clash with the United States and other leading powers. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor Japan's foreign minister Katsuya Okada issued what amounted to a formal protest at top-level meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing over the weekend, saying the sudden cut-off was "affecting the global production chain". It is the latest sign of rising pressure after angry complaints by companies outside China that rely on this...
  • America's Fast Track to the Third World

    07/21/2010 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2010 | Dan Gorski
    The Department of Defense has sounded an alarm about our access to a strategically vital group of metals called the rare earth elements. A report on the problem prepared by the GAO is not pretty. It concludes the Chinese now control the production, processing and manufacture of final products of these vital metals and now own the patents for many of these processes. The worries of the DoD are well justified; missile guidance systems, smart bombs, night vision gear, unmanned aircraft and much more are dependent on the rare earth elements in some way. Without these metals, our weapons technology...
  • Estimated $1 trillion in the ground, but mining critics are concerned about BWCAW (MN)

    06/21/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 6-21-10 | John Myers
    ALONG THE SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER — Just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilder­ness, deep below the lakes and streams that have defined this area’s value for centuries, lies a fortune to be made. Everyone involved in Minnesota’s copper mining controversy agrees there’s an incredibly rich deposit of nickel, platinum, palladium, copper and other high-demand minerals under this rugged land. “The Duluth Complex is perhaps the world’s largest untapped resource of (copper, nickel and platinum group metals) with multibillion tons of geologic resources estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion,”
  • Lithium – The Future For Afghanistan

    06/14/2010 7:13:36 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 13 replies · 328+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 15 June 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Reports are surfacing that Afghanistan may just have monumentally huge mineral deposits, conservatively valued at around $US1 Trillion. The largest finds are huge deposits of Iron Ore and Copper. Among a list as long as your arm of other minerals are vast deposits of Lithium. Currently the largest deposits of Lithium are in Bolivia, and these deposits in Afghanistan are said to absolutely dwarf that. Lithium is an important metal in the booming electronics field, especially in battery technology. The current cost of Lithium in batteries means that it increases the cost because it is relatively rare. These deposits in...
  • U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

    06/13/2010 7:54:15 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,632+ views
    WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. An internal...
  • Mining attorney asks justices to keep tax question off ballot

    06/08/2010 3:18:26 PM PDT · by epithermal · 5 replies · 32+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Jun. 07, 2010 | Doug McMurdo
    An attorney for the mining industry asked the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday to keep off the November ballot a question that seeks to raise significantly the taxes the industry pays, saying the measure's passage would undermine the Legislature.
  • Weekend Top Story: The bankers are already going cold on Australian mining

    05/10/2010 5:30:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Mineweb ^ | 10 may 10 | Ross Louthean
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd may now be feeling the extent of anger within the Australian mining industry following his plan to introduce a tax of 40% on mining profits High profile columnist and former business editor Robert Gottliebsen in claimed today that about A$100 billion (US$90.41 billion) worth of resource projects that were advancing were now heading for mothballs until the resource tax is either abandoned or severely modified. He reiterated a point made by Mineweb yesterday that BHP Billiton is now in no hurry to expand development of Olympic Dam in South Australia - a project that Labor...
  • King Coal

    05/07/2010 6:34:36 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 7, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    In the century following the Civil War, nothing brought change to Appalachia as much as did the development of coal mining. The western highlands of Southern Appalachia overlay vast fields of bituminous coal and the construction of railroads into the mountains opened up coalfields for commercial exploitation. By the end of the 19th Century, Appalachian coal was powering the industrial revolution in America, providing fuel for power plants, locomotives and other steam engines, and coke for making steel.
  • Peak Phosphorous

    04/23/2010 1:47:42 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 17 replies · 1,014+ views
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 4/20/10 | JAMES ELSER, STUART WHITE
    From Kansas to China's Sichuan province, farmers treat their fields with phosphorus-rich fertilizer to increase the yield of their crops. What happens next, however, receives relatively little attention. Large amounts of this resource are lost from farm fields, through soil erosion and runoff, and down swirling toilets, through our urine and feces. Although seemingly mundane, this process cannot continue indefinitely. Our dwindling supply of phosphorus, a primary component underlying the growth of global agricultural production, threatens to disrupt food security across the planet during the coming century. This is the gravest natural resource shortage you've never heard of.
  • Obama Orders US Flags at Half Staff for Miners

    04/12/2010 11:57:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 61 replies · 2,139+ views
    newsmax ^ | 4/12/10
    President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. flags in West Virginia to be flown at half staff in honor of 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. In a proclamation issued Monday, Obama said all U.S. flags in the state are to be flown at half staff until sunset on Sunday. The proclamation comes as federal and state mine safety officials begin their investigation into the nation's worst coal-related mine accident in 40 years. Crews are still working to recover the last of the victims. Recovery attempts have been hampered by high levels of hazardous gases. State Office...
  • Dr. Benishek responds to Mine Tragedy

    04/10/2010 3:07:19 PM PDT · by jenk · 4 replies · 319+ views ^ | 4/10/10 | Jennerationx
    I had the opportunity to get to know Dr. and Mrs. Benishek after Bart Stupak’s vote on the “healthcare” bill thrust Dr. Dan into the spotlight as Stupak’s replacement. While at the Soo Tea Party yesterday, I mentioned to Dr. Benishek that I saw him on Sean Hannity the night before, and was interested in his response to Hannity on whether he could be bought off like Stupak was. From the Hannity interview: I’ve spent thirty years of my life taking care of sick patients with life-threatening problems every day. And I know you have to stay focused on a...
  • Breaking: West Virginia Officials Close to Conclusion (4 miners' bodies found)

    04/09/2010 9:44:21 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 42 replies · 1,814+ views ^ | 04/10/2010 | AP
    MONTCOAL, W.Va. - Grieving relatives began burying victims of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster Friday as crews neared a refuge chamber deep underground where they had faint hope that survivors might be awaiting rescue. It was their fourth try to find the four miners missing since Monday's explosion killed 25 others in the nation's worst underground disaster since at least 1984. During the previous rescue attempt, searchers were forced to withdraw by dangerous gases and the risk of fire or explosion. Five ambulances had arrived at the mine site early Saturday. Gov. Joe Manchin promised families they should...
  • Hopes for Trapped Miners Survial Fades as Fire Drives Rescue Crews Back

    04/09/2010 4:33:02 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 2 replies · 384+ views
    KDKATC Pittsburgh ^ | 04/09/2010 | NA
    FYI and paraphrasing. Apr 9, 2010 7:01 am US/Eastern Hopes for Trapped Miners Survial Fades as Fire Drives Rescue Crews Back MONTCOAL, W.Va. - Rescue crews have been forced to pull out of the West Virginia mine where 4 miners have been trapped since Mnday. As crews reached one of the last two refuge chambers the trapped miners would have had to be in to survive smoke from a fire deeper in the mine drove them back.The chamber they reached had not been activated. LAter today drilling crews hope to break into the remaining chamber and lower a camera to...
  • Rescue teams forced to pull out of mine for third time

    04/09/2010 5:53:22 AM PDT · by mmanager · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Charleston Gazette ^ | 4/10/2010 | Kathryn Gregory
    MONTCOAL, W.Va. -- Rescue teams had to turn back early today in their third attempt to find four missing miners at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, after they encountered a large amount of smoke from a fire near the mine's longwall section. The teams found one refuge chamber in the mine that had not been used, but could not reach a second chamber. They will not be able to get to the second refuge chamber within 96 hours of Monday's explosion - the amount of time the chambers are supposed to keep people alive. That would be about 3...
  • The Mining Industry Is Terrified By The Rise Of South Africa's Julius Malema

    04/08/2010 10:07:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 8, 2010 | Gregory White |
    Julius Malema ...fresh off of a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has said he will follow his neighbors policy of land seizure... And, most concerning to foreign investors, he has called for the nationalization of South Africa's mines. South Africa's mining industry produced 11% of the world's gold, 80% of the world's platinum, and 40% of the world's palladium in 2007.
  • Will Obama Get Blamed for Mining Disasters (as Bush Was)?

    04/06/2010 6:50:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 822+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 2010-04-06 | Philip Klein
    The death toll in the West Virginia mining accident has now reached 25, with the recovery efforts suspended for now because the area is not safe for rescue workers. At this time, our hearts all go out to the families of the workers who perished in this horrible tragedy. Reading news accounts of the event, it strikes me that during the Bush administration, disasters like this were immediately seized upon to score political points. Specifically, when the Sago mine disaster happened in 2006, it was used as yet another example of Bush rewarding oversight positions to corporate allies who would...
  • 25 killed in West Virginia mine blast

    04/06/2010 3:44:45 AM PDT · by angelcindy · 62 replies · 2,961+ views
    The death toll from the massive explosion at a sprawling coal mine in West Virginia rose to 25 early Tuesday, making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Crews halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for at the Upper Big Branch Mine following the blast Monday afternoon. Concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide inside the mine made it a safety risk for crews to proceed, said Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration at a 2 a.m. briefing to reporters. Officials planned to drill bore holes from the surface 1,200 feet into...
  • Explosion at West Virginia underground coal mine; number of injuries not known

    04/05/2010 2:49:34 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 24 replies · 1,581+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 5,2010
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Massey Energy says an explosion has occurred at one of its underground West Virginia coal mines but did not say if there were injuries or if any miners are trapped. The company says the explosion happened at its Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, about 30 miles south of Charleston. The company did not provide details on the extent of the damage.
  • 'Miracle' in China as 115 miners rescued

    04/05/2010 6:26:32 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 794+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 5, 2010 | Robert Saiget
    More than 100 Chinese miners have been pulled out alive after being trapped for over a week in a flooded coal mine, where some ate sawdust and strapped themselves to the shafts' walls with their belts to avoid drowning while they slept. Miners wrapped in blankets, some with their light-sensitive eyes covered but their feet bare, were hurried to waiting ambulances that sped wailing to nearby hospitals. Rescuers in tears hugged each other at the scene, which was broadcast live on national television. A rescue spokesman said 115 survivors had been pulled out as of 4.30pm local time (1830 AEST)...
  • UMWA prepares to fight for union at new mine (*Union Jackboot Thugs Alert*)

    04/03/2010 12:28:15 PM PDT · by steel_resolve · 10 replies · 606+ views
    CLARKSVILLE - United Mine Workers of America officials on Thursday urged hundreds of local miners to get ready to fight for unionization at a new mine that will open on a hilltop overlooking this small, Greene County mining town....snip... Wearing red bandanas as a "call to arms," UMWA officials called on members to fight Alpha Natural Resources' plans to use non-union miners to extract coal from the Freeport Mine, which is expected to open in 2012 or 2013, or force the company to "leave it in the ground."...snip... He said neither police nor the "jailer" would stop protests against non-union...
  • FACES of Coal says EPA Intent on Destroying Appalachian Economy

    04/02/2010 11:04:09 PM PDT · by crosstimbers · 18 replies · 782+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Yahoo News
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 2 – CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday mandated a totally new and virtually unattainable water quality standard for all coal mining permits across Appalachia in a move that threatens thousands of jobs and the economic future of mining communities. The announcement comes days after the EPA began the veto process for an already approved permit for the Spruce No.1 mine in Logan County, WV. The EPA has only used this veto authority 12 times since 1972, and has never used its authority to veto an existing permit. "Thursday's EPA...
  • EPA May Block Mountaintop Mining Operation

    03/28/2010 6:19:44 PM PDT · by kwill4u · 30 replies · 899+ views
    national journal online ^ | Friday, March 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Amy Harder
    The EPA announced plans today to "significantly restrict or prohibit" one of the largest mountaintop mining operations in central Appalachia by authority of the Clean Water Act
  • Bitter winter could force Mongolia to open up mining sector

    02/22/2010 9:57:16 AM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies · 539+ views
    Reuters--(Mineweb) ^ | 22 feb 10 | David Stanway
    as Mongolia cowers under the brutal thrall of its worst winter in decades, questions are being asked as to whether the country should end its reliance on nomadic herders and dig deeper into its mineral reserves instead. Some 800 years ago, Mongolia's nomadic herdsmen were surging across the steppe under the leadership of Genghis Khan and conquering China, Tibet and much of central Asia. Today, most of their descendents are at the mercy of the hostile Mongolian weather or crammed in the capital, Ulan Bator, where they struggle to make a living even though the country sits on some of...
  • Permits Drag on U.S. Mining Projects

    02/14/2010 7:40:37 AM PST · by bushwon · 25 replies · 673+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/08/10 | Robert Guy Mathews
    Obtaining the permits and approvals needed to build a mine in the U.S. takes an average of seven years, among the longest wait time in the world. So despite having vast underground stores of raw materials, the U.S. is one of the last places miners go to start a project. At the proposed Kennecott Eagle nickel mine in Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula, the wait is at seven years and growing. Global miner Rio Tinto says the project would fill a raw-material gap in the U.S. economy, but the company has yet to produce an ounce of nickel there. Last...
  • Nevada Coalition Wants Tax Hike on Mining Industry

    01/19/2010 5:43:17 PM PST · by redreno · 39 replies · 796+ views
    KTVN ^ | Jan 19, 2010 12:24 PM PST | KTVN
    A coalition of conservationists, educators, social activists and labor leaders wants to raise taxes on the mining industry in Nevada. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada announced plans in Reno Tuesday to file a petition with the secretary of state seeking a voter referendum on the nonprofit group's proposal. PLAN director Bob Fulkerson says the law should be changed so mining companies have to pay state taxes on their gross proceeds before they deduct most of their expenses. He says the current 5 percent tax on net proceeds actually amounts to only about 1 percent because of the deductions.
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • US court blocks huge gold mine project in Nevada

    12/04/2009 3:56:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 1,438+ views
    Fox 11 ^ | 12/03/09
    US court blocks huge gold mine project in Nevada Posted on December 3, 2009 at 6:31 PM RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked construction of a massive gold mine project in northeast Nevada that critics say would harm the environment and ruin a mountain that several tribes consider sacred. In a rare legal setback for the mining industry in the nation's largest gold-producing state, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick Gold Corp. to postpone digging a 2,000-foot deep open pit at the Cortez Hills...
  • Election Law-Violating Astroturf Group Misleads About Pebble Mine... Now There's a Surprise

    11/29/2009 5:52:30 PM PST · by UAConservative · 446+ views
    National Center Blog ^ | November 25, 2009 | Amy Ridenour
    A group calling itself Alaska Wild Salmon Protection, Inc. recently ran full-page advertisements (see above) in Politico against development of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska. The Pebble deposit is one of the largest finds in America, believed to contain 72 billion pounds of copper and 94 million ounces of gold, among other minerals. Alaska Wild Salmon Protection's advertisement was filled with distortions, but more on that later. I wanted to learn more about the group, so I went to check out its website. It didn't have one.* Odd, I thought, for an environmental group leading local opposition to the...
  • Obama Gives Middle Finger to Coal Mining States: Insect More Important Than Jobs (Bloomberg)

    11/13/2009 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies · 1,950+ views
    Bloomberg | November 13, 2009 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Not exactly sure what I can post since it is from Bloomberg but if you go the site one of the lead articles is the EPA threatening coal mining in Applachia over a insect. What the Spotted Owl did to the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest this bug will do to coal mining.
  • Barrick shuts hedge book as world gold supply runs out

    11/11/2009 2:28:22 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,356+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/11/2009 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Global gold production is in terminal decline despite record prices and Herculean efforts by mining companies to discover fresh sources of ore in remote spots, according to the world's top producer Barrick Gold. Aaron Regent, president of the Canadian gold giant, said that global output has been falling by roughly 1m ounces a year since the start of the decade. Total mine supply has dropped by 10pc as ore quality erodes, implying that the roaring bull market of the last eight years may have further to run. "There is a strong case to be made that we are already at...
  • Democrat Representative Giffords Feigns a Public Hearing

    10/29/2009 8:40:18 PM PDT · by · 2 replies · 459+ views ^ | Oct. 25, 2009
    At a time when our economy is struggling to produce jobs, the left is still intent upon keeping Americans from earning a livelihood. On Saturday, Democratic Representative Gabriella Giffords held a public hearing on a proposed copper mine in her district in Southern Arizona. But rather than being a public hearing designed to share information on the project, some felt it was more accurately a public hearing designed to present only one point of view. Not surprisingly, Ms. Giffords, all four panel members and all but one speaker were against the project. In a letter to the editor, one attendee,...
  • California metal mine regains luster (- Mountain Pass Mine in the Mojave Desert.

    10/14/2009 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 1,158+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 14, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
    The pond that fills the bottom of the Mountain Pass rare-earth metal mine reflects the terraces. Digging is expected to resume by the second half of 2011 after the water is pumped out. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)Reporting from Mountain Pass, Calif. - Fear of a shortage of rare-earth metals used in high-tech military and industrial products has spawned global efforts to reopen abandoned mines, including the formidable Mountain Pass Mine in California's Mojave Desert. Discovered in the 1940s by uranium prospectors, Mountain Pass contains an array of rare earths, including cerium and lanthanum, in concentrations almost double those...
  • Raucous pro-coal crowds pack mining hearings

    10/13/2009 6:23:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 946+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 13, 2009 | TIM HUBER and ROGER ALFORD
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Thousands of coal miners fearing the loss of jobs if mountaintop removal mining is curtailed or outlawed shouted down a handful of environmentalists at crowded public hearings Tuesday on the much-debated practice. Many in Kentucky and West Virginia wore hardhats and T-shirts and waved signs proclaiming the merits of coal. Environmentalists who have fought for decades to end the destructive form of mining that blasts away peaks to unearth coal showed up in small numbers.