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Imperial Metals Suspends Operations at Its Huckleberry Mine, Canada

January 11, 2016

Imperial Metals Corporation subsidiary Huckleberry Mines Ltd. (HML) has suspended pit operations at the Huckleberry mine, affecting approximately 100 of its 260 employees. HML will retain the balance of its work force to continue milling stockpiled ore. While HML has

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Foresight Energy to Reduce Workforce by 100 at All of Its Operations, Illinois

January 11, 2016

Foresight Energy LP subsidiary Hillsboro Energy LLC is continuing its efforts to extinguish the March 2015 combustion event within the longwall district at Hillsboro’s Deer Run Mine, near Hillsboro, Illinois. To date, their efforts have not been successful, and they

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Nearly $2 Million Awarded to Help Virginia Workers Affected by Coal Mining Industry Layoffs

January 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $1,965,730 to the Virginia Community College System to help provide reemployment services required by coal industry workers to prepare for positions in emerging and growing

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U.S. Mining Deaths Dropped to New Lows in 2015

January 11, 2016

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate that 28 miners died in 2015 in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines, down from 45 in 2014. The figure represents the lowest number of

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17 Workers Rescued from Cargill Underground Salt Mine After Being Trapped for Hours, New York

January 8, 2016

Emergency crews in upstate New York on Thursday morning freed all 17 workers who had been trapped in an elevator at a salt mine about 800 feet below ground. “Extremely relieved and happy to say that they’re out,” Cargill mine

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Jesse Creek Mining to Close Down Its Coal Mine in Alabama

January 8, 2016

Jesse Creek Mining, LLC, which has offices in Alabaster, announced it has ceased production at its mine facility, and approximately 170 employees will be affected by the closure. The mine facility ceased production on Jan. 5 due to an “increasingly

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Rosebud Idling Most Pennsylvania Coal Mines, Leading to Furlough of 429 Miners

January 8, 2016

Rosebud Mining Co. is idling most of its Pennsylvania coal mines, putting 429 miners temporarily out of work. Jim Barker, vice president of the Kittanning-based company told the Indiana Gazette he hopes the workers will be called back in February.

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2015 Mining Deaths in U.S. the Lowest on Record

January 8, 2016

The number of mining deaths in the nation in 2015 was the lowest on record, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced this week. The agency said 28 people died in work-related accidents at mines. That was down from

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17 Miners Trapped in Elevator in Cargill Salt Mine, New York

January 8, 2016

Seventeen miners are stuck in an elevator 775 feet underground at a central New York salt mine near Ithaca and emergency crews are working on a rescue. Emergency management officials say rescue equipment is on the scene and the miners

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Coal Industry Seeks Stay of New Rule Aimed at Reducing Miners’ Exposure to Dust

January 8, 2016

The coal industry is seeking to forestall new standards aimed at cutting miners’ exposure to breathable dust that can cause deadly black lung disease. Feb. 1 is the start date for the second phase of the rule. It would require

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