Seattle Times

Drilling for copper and gold could start this year near Mount St. Helens

The U.S. Forest Service signed off on exploration for copper, gold and other minerals on 900 federal acres that lie just outside the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Southwest Washington.

Slowing Chinese economy hits U.S. metal industry

As China's economy cools, U.S. exporters are increasingly feeling the chill.

Barges to transport coal between Oregon and China are closer to reality

Covered barges that will transport coal between two Oregon ports for shipment to Asia are closer to reality after the Morrow Pacific coal export project signed letters of intent with two Portland manufacturing firms.

Charges filed in New Zealand 2010 mine explosion

New Zealand's Labour Department filed 25 criminal charges Thursday over safety and health violations at a coal mine where an explosion last year killed 29 miners.