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Coal under attack: Our history, our future, is threatened

These are not friendly times for the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

China' next round of ore talks in jeopardy

China's next iron ore pricing negotiation is now in jeopardy after Rio Tinto suspended this year's talks with Chinese steel mills without agreement just two months before the 2010 round was due to begin.

Wall Street ends up on M&A hopes, strong commodities

U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday on an uptick in corporate deal activity while the weak dollar led to gains in commodities, lifting shares of oil and mining companies.

Consol to resume production at WVa mine

Coal producer Consol Energy plans to resume longwall mining at its Blacksville No.

Company seeking Nevada OK to restart Jerritt mill

Nevada state environmental protection regulators say they're nearing an agreement with Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp.

100 years of steelmaking

John Pandelios, an industrial engineer who worked at Weirton Steel for more than 31 years beginning in 1948 until his retirement in 1980, put together a timeline of the Weirton mill highlighting events from its founding in 1909 as the Weirton plant of the Phillips Sheet and Tin Plate Co., which was founded by E.T. Weir, James Phillips, David M.

Newmont Announces First Production at Boddington; Ramp-up To Full Production Continues

Newmont Mining Corporation is pleased to announce that its Boddington mine in Western Australia successfully produced its first gold and copper concentrate, processing approximately 100,000 tonnes of ore during the first two weeks of August.

2nd worker killed at Freeport mine

A contract security employee at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Grasberg mine in Indonesia was shot and killed Sunday, the second deadly act of violence to occur near the Phoenix-based company's massive foreign complex in two days.

U.S. Steel's Canadian workforce shrunk to 23 per cent

As of May, the workforce at U.S. Steel's Canadian operations had shrunk to only 23 per cent of the number of workers it promised to employ when it took over the former Stelco, according to documents filed with the Federal Court of Canada and obtained by The Canadian Press.

Mongolian parliament sidesteps mining pact with foreigners, asking the government to handle

Mongolia's parliament, unable to agree on a mining deal, has given the government a freehand to renegotiate terms with Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.

Steel Authority workforce to be down 20,000 by 2012

New Delhi, July 17 : The state-run steel manufacturer Steel Authority of India will see its workforce whittled down by around 20,000 by 2012-end, the government said Friday.

Massey foreman fined $1K for skipping drills

A Massey Energy foreman who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of failing to conduct safety drills has been fined $1,000. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver also placed 43-year-old David R. Runyon on probation for a year at a hearing Thursday.

Montana gov blasts GM plan to cancel mine contract

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Friday he wants the Obama administration to force General Motors Corp.

Massey CEO challenges climate scientist to debate

Blankenship issued the challenge Friday to Hansen, director of NASAa TMs Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University.

Group says 14 activists arrested at W.Va. mine

Authorities arrested 14 people Thursday after anti-mining activists staged a protest that briefly halted production at one of southern West Virginia's largest coal mines.

61 miners get pink slips at Somerset mine

The nation's recession and increased use of other electricity-generating fuels hit home for 61 coal miners who were laid off at the West Elk Mine in Somerset on Tuesday and Wednesday.

MSHA blames lack of rules for fatal mining accident

Federal investigators say a lack of policies and procedures for operating underground locomotives contributed to a fatal accident at a Consol Energy operation in West Virginia last October.

Cameco restarts Port Hope conversion plant after December shutdown

After a six-month shutdown, uranium giant Cameco Corporation said Wednesday it has resumed production at its Port Hope, Ont.

Administration's plan might clash w…..

The Obama administration's plan to tighten regulation of mountaintop removal coal mines may be at odds with a West Virginia land-use law aimed at creating economic opportunity from reclaimed surface mines.

Controversial FutureGen Gets Second Chance

FutureGen, a carbon capture and sequestration project that was abandoned by the Bush Administration, is getting a second chance to prove its technology.

Court sides against employer in workers comp case

An employer can't escape paying for services to an injured worker solely because the help he needs is provided by his wife, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Alcoa Howmet to expand Va. operation

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says Alcoa Howmet is expanding its Hampton operations to increase production and capacity.

Union: US Steel to recall 800 workers in Canada

United States Steel Corp. plans to recall about 800 laid-off workers at a plant in Canada this summer, partly to avoid possible severance payments under a provincial law, a union representative said Monday.

Massey slurry pollution trial now set for October

After being delayed by southern West Virginia flooding, a pollution lawsuit against a Massey Energy subsidiary is now set for trial Oct.

Canadian natural resource companies predict near-term surge in commodity prices

Talk of a nascent recovery in the global economy has been embraced by the Canadian natural resources sector, with several companies predicting a near-term surge in commodity prices.