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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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Groups Appeal Westmoreland’s Rosebud Coal Mine Expansion, Montana

January 8, 2016

Environmental groups challenging the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine say state regulators have failed to address its effects on streams and aquifers. The state Department of Environmental Quality approved the 12-million-ton expansion of the Rosebud Mine south of

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EPA Proposes New Requirements for Measuring Methane Emissions from Underground Coal Mines

January 6, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing toughening its requirements for measuring methane emissions from underground coal mines, a move that would result in some added expenses for testing and could bolster calls for regulating the emissions. The agency recently unveiled

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Missouri Southern State University Uses Drone in Mining District Research

January 6, 2016

In the past, someone wanting an aerial view of the Tri-State Mining District would have had to rent an airplane and hire a photographer. Kush Bhakta, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Missouri Southern State University, has come up with

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Strata Worldwide Signs Distribution Agreement With DSI Underground Systems

January 5, 2016

Strata Worldwide, a leading supplier of mine safety technologies, communication solutions and emergency refuge, has recently signed a new distribution and service agreement with DSI Underground Systems Inc. to benefit the North American tunneling industry. Under the terms of the

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Mine Safety Improvements Progress Since Sago Coal Mine Disaster, W. Va

January 5, 2016

One positive thing that came out of the disaster at the Sago Mine is an increase and focus on mine safety. Over the past decade, newer legislation has made the mines a safer place to work.  This has always been

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Nevada Sunrise Receives Drill Permit for Neptune Lithium Property, Nevada

January 5, 2016

Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation has received a drilling permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to explore for lithium brines on the Neptune property located in the Clayton Valley of Nevada, USA. The BLM has approved 10 exploration drill

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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Makes Seven Fearless Forecast Predictions for 2016

January 5, 2016

Presidential election year politics will disrupt markets, leading to a strong year for physical gold and rare coins in 2016, and a drop in the Dow Jones stock market average, predicts Michael Fuljenz, an award-winning precious metals and numismatic writer

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Duke Energy Reviews State’s Recommendations While Coal Ash Management Work Continues, North Carolina

January 5, 2016

Duke Energy has issued the following statement regarding initial ash basin classifications issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). We appreciate the work that has gone into developing these preliminary recommendations. We’re particularly interested in understanding how

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