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Obama’s Budget Proposal Includes Life Line for Appalachia Coal States

February 4, 2015

Eastern Kentucky and other areas of Appalachia hit hard by a sharp drop in coal jobs could get a $1 billion lifeline under the budget proposal put forth Monday by President Barack Obama, though the budget faces difficult prospects in

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Patriot Coal Receives Reclamation Award for Its Paint Creek Complex, West Virginia

February 3, 2015

Patriot Coal Corporation’s Samples surface mine in the Paint Creek complex was presented the Valley Fill Construction – Southern Region award for exemplary construction of a valley fill while protecting the environment through innovative engineering and reclamation techniques that minimized

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The Doe Run Company Research Shows Mining Jobs Drive Southeast Missouri’s Economy

February 3, 2015

Jobs and the economy are two major issues facing Missouri residents, according to new research from The Doe Run Company. The two 2014 studies, conducted in southeastern Missouri communities, identified residents’ top concerns, and explored the economic impact of Doe

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New Board Game Pay Dirt Focuses on Modern-day Gold Mining in Alaska

February 3, 2015

The board game Pay Dirt is about the gritty and competitive world of modern-day gold mining in frigid Alaska. In this worker-placement-style game, players take the roles of enterprising mining companies looking to refine the most efficient process for gold

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Demand Increases for Illinois Basin Coal

February 3, 2015

The U.S. coal market has always been a boom or bust industry. During the past 100 years good times and hard times have gone hand-in-hand in coal towns across West Virginia, but the present hard times appear different for some

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Maine Begins Review of Stringent Mining Regulations Next Week

February 3, 2015

An Aroostook County mountain laced with gold, silver and other metals potentially worth billions of dollars will again be the center of attention when the contentious debate over Maine’s stringent mining regulations begins anew in Augusta next week. Aroostook’s Bald

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Kentucky-based Mine Shield Files for Bankruptcy

February 3, 2015

The owner of a company that drew lots of attention when it brought its unique manufacturing operation to Garrard County says a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing isn’t halting its plans or its production of mining refuge shelters. “People are working

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B.C. Government Takes Action on Independent Panel Recommendations on Mount Polley Tailings Breach

February 2, 2015

The B.C. government will act immediately on key recommendations of the independent panel that investigated the Mount Polley tailings storage facility (TSF) failure and launch a code review to consider the other recommendations. The Chief Inspector of Mines will require

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Review Panel Completes Report of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Tailings Breach, Canada

February 2, 2015

The Mount Polley independent expert engineering investigation and review panel released its report on the cause of the August 4, 2014 tailings storage facility (TSF) breach at the Mount Polley mine. The panel’s determination of the cause of the breach

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Alpha Natural Resources Expected to Idle and Reduce Workforce at Several West Virginia Mines

February 2, 2015

Two operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. have notified their employees that certain West Virginia coal mines are being idled due to sustained weak market conditions and federal government regulations that have challenged the entire Central Appalachian mining industry.

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