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Carbon tax squeaks through Australia’s lower house

Australia Labor Party pushed the carbon tax through the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday in a close vote of 74 to 72. Protestors in the public gallery shouted and tried to disrupt the proceedings. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of the centre-right Liberal Party of Australia accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of lying to the Australian people during last year's election, an election which Gillard narrowly won.

China slaps heavy new tax on coking coal, rare earths

Reuters reports China will extend a resource tax – calculated on value rather than volume of production – on domestic sales of crude oil and natural gas from some regions to the whole country and expand the list of taxable resources to coking coal and rare earths from November 1. The move, billed as a way of conserving resources and limiting environmental damage, is part of a long-awaited tax reform that would enrich the coffers of local governments but slash the earnings of resource companies, such as PetroChina Co, China National Petroleum Corp and Baotou Steel Rare Earths by billions of dollars each year. The tax on rare-earth ores will be levied according to a wide range of between yuan 0.4 – 60 per ton and between yuan 8 – 20 a tonne on coking coal.

More fuel on Australia’s carbon tax fire

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Australia's Gillard government has opened the week of the crucial vote on carbon tax by revealing that big fuel users such as airlines want to sign on to the scheme, while the coal industry counterattacked with a report estimating that the tax risks the jobs of 21,000 miners. The government's bid to boost the carbon tax comes as a new coal industry-commissioned report says the tax would force the premature closure of 17 per cent of existing black-coal mines in Australia, including 15 in NSW. Today the Australian Coal Association will release the results of an ACIL Tasman consultants study that concludes an estimated 27 per cent of employment in coalmining projects would be under threat with a carbon tax.

Mongolia re-opens bidding for world’s biggest coking coal deposit

The Wall Street Journal reports Mongolia is relaunching talks with international miners on developing the western block of Tavan Tolgoi in the South Gobi desert, the world’s largest deposit of high-quality coking coal used in steelmaking. Mongolia's National Security Council rejected a deal struck with US giant Peabody Energy, China's Shenhua and a Russian-Mongolian consortium mid-September, just two months after they were announced as winners. At the time losing bidders from Brazil, India and South Korea raised serious concerns and Japan went so far as to call the bidding process 'extremely regrettable'. Mongolia still hopes to privatize its Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi coal-mining company which controls the remainder of the 6 billion tonne resource for upwards of $3 billion next year.

Big Coal scores win against Obama Admin

The US coal industry scored a victory in court Thursday after a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration did not have authority to tighten oversight of permits used by coal mining companies that do "mountaintop mining." The ruling by the U.S. District Court says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "exceeded its authority under the Clean Water Act when it issued tougher environmental guidelines related to fill material dumped into streams after the tops of mountains are blasted off to extract underlying coal seams," reported The Wall Street Journal. The National Mining Association sued the EPA last year over the issue.

Cline Mining sells its Lossan met-coal deposit to Xstrata Coal for Cdn$40 million

Cline Mining Corporation ("Cline Mining" or the "Company") (TSX:CMK) is pleased to announce that Xstrata Coal has agreed to acquire 100% of the Company's metallurgical coal deposit within Cline Mining's Lossan property ("Lossan") for CDN$40 million, subject to customary conditions. Closing is expected to occur on or about October 12, 2011. Lossan is located in the Peace River Coalfield of north eastern British Columbia, Canada and has an NI 43-101 compliant resource of 240 million tonnes. Lossan covers an area of approximately 3,800 hectares.