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Montana Resources uses high tech to solve bird problem

Since the mid-1990s, the company has run a waterfowl observation and hazing program at its 182-hectare Berkeley Pit but in late 2016, several thousand snow geese died at the toxic pit.

Brazil dismantles illegal mines in the Amazon

The unregulated operations were installed in Jamanxim and Río Novo National Parks.

Scientists weigh call for much deeper cuts to coal pollution

Coal currently feeds about 27% of the world’s energy demand.

Mining dust could be affecting Chilean glaciers: activists

Environmentalists say that glaciers close to mining sites could melt more rapidly.

Peabody’s mine site in Australia rehabilitated two years early

The company's own workforce is in charge of re-profiling the terrain using seven massive bulldozers.

Old, large soil stockpiles and mine site restoration

Can soil from an old, large stockpile still retain viable organics for successful site reclamation?

New lawsuit against EPA for Gold King Mine spill

A federal court in Albuquerque received a lawsuit filed by 295 Navajo farmers and ranchers against the federal agency.

More northeast China cities cancel alumina projects amid public backlash

China alumina, aluminium output set for repeat curbs this winter.

The wait continues for victims of Gold King mine spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is still reviewing about 380 claims for lost income, fallen property values and other losses.

Environmentalists worried about prospecting in New Zealand’s South Island

The government lifted a moratorium for prospecting permits on 7,828 square kilometres on the northern part of the South Island.

Paris asks insurers to ditch coal

Paris City Council passed a motion last night where its members ask the CEOs of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies to stop insuring coal projects.

American mining company stops delivering clean water to community near polluted mine site

The firm is now delivering water to a site off a Native American reservation.

Chilean tribunal gives Dominga iron ore-copper project a second chance

Antofagasta’s First Environmental Tribunal decided to reverse a decision that forbade the Dominga copper and iron ore project from going forward.

Avaaz launches campaign against Belo Sun’s massive Brazilian mine

The U.S.-based online activist network launched a campaign to gather signatures to oppose the construction of the Volta Grande project.

Mexican environment officials visit mine following cyanide spill

Some 200 litres of cyanide solution were released into the environment.

British Columbia allows sand mine on Indigenous land

The BURNCO project is expected to create 40 full-time-equivalent positions per year over the two-year construction period.

EPA not happy with Canadian miner’s zinc-gold project in Michigan

The project is being proposed by Toronto-based Aquila Resources.

EPA may be overstating claims from the Gold King mine spill

According to AP, an Albuquerque law firm filed 13 claims totalling $120 million, but a recently released EPA spreadsheet says it was 14 claims totalling $220 million.

One of Australia's largest gold mines halts operations after dam collapse

Newcrest Mining says experts on site have observed no environmental damage.

British Columbia to reform Environmental Assessment Process in the fall

Environmental assessments already underway will continue under the current process.

Galician MP denounces tailings pond breach

Lídia Senra filed a complaint before the European Commission denouncing the breach of a tailings pond in the Touro municipality.

US officials consider robots to prevent mine spills

Their main function would be to move through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels at mine sites to map them and analyze pollutants in groundwater.

Copper miners challenged by water supply

"Water demand will increase because it will be necessary to process more material to obtain the same amount of copper": Wood Mackenzie.

Chile's Andina mine to be modified to protect glaciers

Codelco will invest $250 million to modify the shape of the current pit.

China top copper producer halts output after pollution order

Production should be halted for at least a week.