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W. Va. Governor Tomblin Signs New Coal Jobs and Safety Act Bill

March 16, 2015

Lawmakers in West Virginia passed a bill that will revise several mining laws within the state but is drawing criticism from safety advocates. The Coal Jobs and Safety Act, which passed by a 73-25 vote in the state’s House of

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U. S. Steel to Temporarily Idle Keetac Plant in Keewatin, Minnesota

March 16, 2015

United States Steel Corporation will temporarily idle its Minnesota Ore Operations — Keetac plant in Keewatin, Minn., effective May 13.  The temporary idling is due to the company’s current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking operations throughout North

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Allied Nevada Files for Chapter 11 Restructuring

March 16, 2015

Allied Nevada Gold Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 restructuring. The company made an agreement with certain holders of its 8.75 percent senior unsecured notes due 2019 and its secured bank lenders to effect a reduction in the company’s funded

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Merjent Opens Canadian Office in Vancouver for Mining Sectors

March 16, 2015

Merjent, Inc. has opened a Canadian Office for mining sectors in Vancouver, British Columbia. After more than a decade of serving clients from its Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters, Merjent has incorporated in Canada to support existing clients and to answer increasing

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New Power Substation Connected to Grid and Operational at Sierra Metals’ Bolivar Mine, Mexico

March 16, 2015

The Agua Caliente power substation connected to the new 115kw line at Sierra Metals’ Bolivar Mine in Mexico. The Piedras Verdes ore processing plant now runs off of the 33kw line from the substation. The Bolivar Mine was in commercial

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U.S. Files New Indictment Against Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship

March 13, 2015

The United States Attorney’s office has filed a superseding indictment against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, providing a small alteration to the November 2014 indictment in Blankenship’s criminal trial associated with his role in the Upper Big Branch mine

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Mosaic to Invest $1.7 Billion to Expand Its K3 Potash Mine Near Esterhazy, Saskatchewan

March 13, 2015

Mosaic Co. has announced it will spend $1.7 billion to expand its K3 potash mine near Esterhazy, Sask. The company says it plans to accelerate the production ramp-up of the mine over the next eight years. During that time, an

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Mississippi Power Performs First Power at Kemper Coal-to-Gas Plant, Completion Expected 2016

March 12, 2015

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility reached one of its most significant milestones to date when it successfully performed the “first fire” and associated activities of the project’s gasifiers last week. The gasifiers – the centerpiece of the project –

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Federal Environmental Mandates Force Elimination of Coal at Alabama Power’s Gadsden Plant

March 12, 2015

Federal environmental mandates are forcing Alabama Power to stop using coal at the Gadsden Plant. The facility is expected to cease burning coal on March 11 and from that point on will use only natural gas. By restricting the plant

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NRC Renews Operating License for Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Plant, Missouri

March 12, 2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license of the Callaway nuclear power plant in Fulton, Mo., for an additional 20 years, through October 18, 2044. The Callaway plant is a single pressurized water reactor and the Union Electric

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