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ERP Compliant Fuels Idles Federal No. 2 Coal Mine, 260 Layoffs, W. Va.

December 7, 2017

A union official says a coal mine in northern West Virginia has been idled, with 260 workers losing their jobs, apparently because of adverse geological conditions and market issues. Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, says

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Federal Court Upholds Decision to Block Taseko’s Prosperity Mine in B.C., Canada

December 7, 2017

A Federal Court judge has ruled against a contentious mine proposal in central British Columbia, upholding Ottawa’s decision to reject the project over concerns it would adversely affect the environment. A pair of decisions, released this week, mark the latest

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Energy Companies Lobby Congress to Pass Coal Tax Credit

December 7, 2017

Two of the country’s largest and most financially indebted energy companies are lobbying Congress to enact a massive, decade-long, tax credit for struggling coal producers, according to a report Monday from Axios. Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, both of whom

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Senator Manchin Hears About Impact of Senate Tax Reform Bill Affecting the Coal Industry

December 7, 2017

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the coal industry could take a hard hit if some provisions in the Senate tax reform bill passed last week stay in place. During an appearance Tuesday on MetroNews “Talkline,” Manchin said the bill keeps

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Wolfden Resources Unveils Plan for Mining Exploration at Pickett Mountain, Maine

December 7, 2017

A Canadian mineral exploration company unveiled its initial plans Tuesday evening for analyzing a 6,871 acre parcel of land just north of Patten in the hopes of one day establishing a mine in the area. “In our opinion, we think

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PolyMet Land Exchange Bill Passes U.S. House, Advances to Senate

December 6, 2017

PolyMet Mining Corp., said that House Resolution 3115, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan 309 to 99 vote and advances to the Senate. The Forest Service authorized an

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MSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Safety Grants

December 6, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and illnesses by supporting safety and health courses, and other programs. The awards were made to 47 states,

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University of Kentucky Receive $2.1 Million Award to Advance Autonomous Underground Mining Systems

December 6, 2017

Underground coal mines are tight spaces characterized by limited mobility and visibility. These are factors that cause difficulty for equipment operators and introduce serious risks for workers around haulage vehicles, such as the shuttle car. Shuttle car operators are subject

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MSHA Releases Its Annual Winter Alert Campaign

December 6, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) releases its annual Winter Alert campaign, reminding miners and mine operators of the increased hazards that colder weather creates at both surface and underground coal mines. The Winter Alert

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International Millennium Expands Its Nivloc Silver Project, Nevada

December 6, 2017

International Millennium Mining Corp. has expanded its Silver Peak Project lands by staking of fourteen more claims and purchasing a 100 percent interest in an additional twenty-five claims, strategically located adjacent to the company’s 100 percent owned Nivloc Ag-Au Property

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