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Ur-Energy proposes to expand Wyoming uranium mine

Posted on September 20, 2015

The mine, already one of the biggest in the state, would double in size as company bets on rebound in prices.

Wall collapses at Philippine coal pit, killing 5 workers and leaving 4 missing, governor says

Posted on July 19, 2015

A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday.

Police defend handling of London diamond-district heist caught on camera

Posted on April 11, 2015

The gang members, dressed in fluorescent vests and hard hats, calmly carried bags and wheeled garbage bins into a high-security storage facility in London's diamond district.

US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Posted on December 21, 2014

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

10 miners killed in China mine explosion

Posted on December 15, 2014

Ten Chinese miners were found dead Sunday hours after they were trapped underground in an explosion at a mine in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, state media said.

Deep in coal country, many pondering a future without it

Posted on December 7, 2014

The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. The sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn’t quite make it over.

Mining group appeals ban on new Grand Canyon mines

Posted on November 30, 2014

Two mining industry groups have appealed a federal judge's ruling upholding an Obama administration ban on new hard-rock mining claims on more than one million acres near the Grand Canyon.

Curacao police arrest 7 in $11.5 million gold bar heist

Posted on December 29, 2012

Police in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao arrested seven suspects in connection with the recent heist of 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million.

Stream of molten gold signals return of large-scale underground mining to California

Posted on December 18, 2012

With the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce (28 grams), the California Mother Lode's first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life.

Zimbabwe: Civic groups refuse diamond money offer

Posted on November 24, 2012

Civic activists say they will not accept the Zimbabwe mining minister’s offer of funds because it would hamper their efforts to make government accountable for its diamond revenues.

Panelists to review Pebble Mine science

Posted on September 24, 2012

The heated battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight.

Nevada's panel OKs plan gold and silver trucks on highway

Posted on July 22, 2012

Despite opposition by residents, a Storey County panel has recommended plans by a mining company to haul truckloads of ore on a winding state highway frequented by tourists.

Closed Idaho silver mine to start rehiring in July

Posted on May 25, 2012

A northern Idaho silver mine that was shut down after a series of accidents last year, including the deaths of two miners, will start rehiring in July and should have a full workforce by the end of the year, Hecla Mining Co. Chief Executive Officer Phil Baker said Thursday.

New legal challenge filed against UP nickel mine

Posted on May 8, 2012

A private club in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has filed a federal lawsuit to halt construction of a nickel and copper mine, saying Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. did not obtain necessary federal permits.

Newmont chief says Conga gold mine could be abandoned

Posted on April 28, 2012

The president of Newmont Mining Corp. said Friday that the U.S. company could halt investment in a major gold mining project in Peru's north if modifications sought by the government significantly affect its profitability.

Peru reinforces embattled mining region

Posted on March 15, 2012

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government says it's sending 1,000 police reinforcements to an Amazon basin capital where three people were killed during rioting by illegal gold miners.

Gunmen kill Indonesian police officer near Freeport-McMoRan’s gold, copper mine

Posted on February 7, 2012

Unidentified gunmen have killed a police officer near the U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia.

Shareholders sue Hecla Mining Co. after Lucky Friday Mine shut down

Posted on February 4, 2012

Some shareholders have sued Hecla Mining Co. for stock losses they endured after the federal government shut down the Lucky Friday Mine for safety violations.

Main says violations at US coal mines down in 2011

Posted on February 2, 2012

Coal operators across the country are changing the way they work, and mines are becoming safer, but the head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Thursday there are still too many who "don't get it."

Ex-Minn. diamond seller admits dealing in pot

Posted on February 2, 2012

A former diamond seller in southeastern Minnesota has admitted to dealing millions of dollars of high-grade marijuana and stolen gems.

Canadian company shutting down gold operation in Paraguay over security concerns

Posted on February 1, 2012

Canadian-based mining company Latin American Minerals Paraguay SA (TSX:LAT) is shutting down a gold operation in Paraguay over security concerns.

Feds renew operating permit for Arizona coal mine

Posted on January 11, 2012

The federal Office of Surface Mining has renewed an operating permit for a northern Arizona coal mine.

Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

Posted on January 5, 2012

A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble.

Company seeks permit to expand Montana gold and silver mine

Posted on January 2, 2012

Canada-based RX Exploration has applied for an operating permit to expand a gold and silver mine northwest of Helena after regulatory officials became concerned the company was pushing the limits of its existing permit.

Famous writers petition against Mexico silver mine

Posted on December 1, 2011

More than 150 internationally known writers and artists are urging Mexican President Felipe Calderon to cancel mining concessions in an area of northern Mexico considered sacred ground by the Huichol Indians.