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Kennecott proposing expansion of Utah copper mine

Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. is proposing an expansion of its Bingham Canyon mine that would extend its life to 2034.

Crews to start search for mine disaster survivors

Rescue crews planned to start the hourslong five-mile trek into a West Virginia coal mine Thursday to find signs of possible survivors of the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation.

Jindal proposing $65M for Nucor project

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's proposing the state set aside $65 million in its annual construction budget for a possible $2 billion pig iron plant in southeast Louisiana by steelmaker Nucor Corp.

AK Steel coke plant receives safety award

AK Steel's coke plant in Ashland, Ky. has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute.

Inmet arranges $500-million equity financing; proceeds to be used for Panama copper project

Inmet Mining Corp. has arranged a $500-million equity financing through Ellington Investments Pte.

Arch Coal sues EPA over veto of W.Va. mine permit

A subsidiary of mining giant Arch Coal Inc. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the planned veto of a water quality permit for West Virginia's largest surface mine.

Australia prime minister worries about Rio Tinto verdict

Australia's prime minister said March 30 that secrecy surrounding China's trial of four Rio Tinto workers for commercial spying leaves room for doubt about the convictions and a major Australian commerce group said the result could harm business confidence.

Steelmakers fight back

SHANGHAI: Steelmakers are fighting back over attempts by the US$200 billion iron ore mining industry to raise the cost of their main raw material, calling for regulators to investigate an "oligopoly" that inflates prices.

EPA may veto mountaintop removal

If the veto is finalized, it would invalidate a permit first issued in 2007 for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Spruce No.

Rio Tinto Terminates Employment Of Convicted Staff

Rio Tinto said Monday that in accordance with its company policies, it will terminate the employment of the four Shanghai-based employees convicted of bribery and spying charges, saying in a statement the evidence it had reviewed in relation to the bribery charges pointed to "deplorable" conduct that was "at odds" with its ethical culture.

Robots, space technology run Australia's mining miracle

The heavy clank of machinery rings out across a seemingly deserted Outback mine site as an invisible satellite signal fires Rio Tinto's production line into motion.

Kennecott says no federal permit needed for mine

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Kennecott Minerals Co. says it no longer needs federal authorization to build and operate a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, so construction can begin soon.

Chinese steel demand to double by 2020

A reclaimer working in the Yandicoogina stockyard and loading a conveyor with high grade iron ore in Western Australia's Pilbara region / File Source: AFP CHINA'S steel demand is expected to double by 2020 as its urbanisation and industrialisation continues, Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Sam Walsh says.

Kirkland Lake Gold widens Q3 loss, main mine now back in action after collapse

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. - Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. reported Monday a third-quarter net loss of $8.3 million, widened from a year-earlier $4.7 million but said its main mine is "back to normal" after a borehole collapse in June of 2009.

Barrick halts big Tanzania gold mine after accident

African Barrick Gold suspended production at its Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania on Tuesday while it worked to rescue miners trapped by a fall of ground, the company said.

Rio Tinto says India will match China's demand for key commodities soon

Australian News.Net Tuesday 16th March, 2010 Global miner Rio Tinto has predicted that while China's demand for iron ore, copper, coal and aluminium will grow during the next 15 years, India will soon take the lead for further demand.

Fallon plant closure affects scores of workers

Commercial Metals Co. is closing its Fallon plant, and scores of employees will lose their jobs.

Tentative date for lawsuit over Aracoma mine fire

A Logan County Circuit judge has tentatively scheduled an Oct. 12 trial for a lawsuit filed by nine miners who survived a deadly fire at a Massey Energy mine in southern West Virginia.

Defendants Claim "Moral Imperative" In Massey Suit

Five anti-mining activists are asserting a "moral imperative" to protect the environment in their defense of a lawsuit brought by a Massey Energy subsidiary over a nine-day tree-sitting protest at a West Virginia coal mine.

Canadian mines unscathed in Chile

Canadian mines unscathed in Chile Workers are seen at Yamana's Minera Florida mine in Chile.

Restraining Order Extended Against Mine Protesters

Environmental protesters will have to stay off Massey Energy property for a little while longer.

Ont. gova t says it will help Timmins use smelter after Xstrata closure

Premier Dalton McGuinty is promising to give Timmins the funds needed to figure out what to do with the existing smelter when Xstrata closes its doors in May.

Coal Rally Gaining Steam as China Fuel Shortage Sparks $59 a Ton Estimates

A rally that has boosted coal prices 21 percent from their lows last year may have further to go as the coldest U.S. winter in nine years and Chinaa s record imports increase demand and drain stockpiles.

Federal court refuses to dismiss Massey lawsuit

A federal judge has declined a request to dismiss Massey Energy's lawsuit targeting anti-mining activists.

Activists defy court order, enter Massey office

Climate Ground Zero says three activists are protesting at a Massey Energy office in southern West Virginia as they continue their battle to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.