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Union rejects deal; strike continues at Elkview coal mine in BC

Over half of the employees at Teck's Elkview mine in British Columbia have voted to reject a five-year collective agreement. Accepting the agreement would have ended the strike, which is now going into its eighth week. BIV Business Today reports: Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B) announced today that 57% of the employees at its Elkview operation in southeastern B.C. voted to reject a five-year collective agreement.

Coal explorer Carabella raises $29m

Coal explorer Carabella Resources says it has raised $29 million via a significantly oversubscribed placement to institutional and sophisticated investors, AAP reported: The company placed 16.08 million shares at a price of $1.80 per share to investors from Australia, Asia, Europe and United States.

Rio Tinto faces key week for Riversdale bid

Riversdale Mining Ltd., after a slow take-up of acceptances since the offer was first made in December, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal: The bid was recently sweetened to almost four billion Australian dollars (US$3.99 billion) and the deadline extended a third time after few additional Riversdale shareholders committed themselves to selling to Rio Tinto.

Alberta government to tax mining companies for cleanup

The Alberta government will collect three times more revenue than previously under its revamped mine security program, which pledges to collect money for mine reclamation, The Edmonton Journal is reporting. But existing companies will also get about a 10-year break in payments under the new system, which is geared to collecting more money in the later stages of a mine's life than in the early stages.

U.S. coal shares up on nuclear power uncertainty

Coal mining shares rose on Thursday amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear power as Japan races to avert a meltdown at a power plant crippled by last week's earthquake and tsunami, Reuters reported: In afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Consol Energy (CNX.N) was up 4.9 percent at $54.96 and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR.N) rose 4.3 percent to $55.17. Peabody Energy (BTU.N) was 3.6 percent higher at $70.05, Massey Energy (MEE.N) was up 3.9 percent at $63.18 and Arch Coal (ACI.N) was 2.2 percent higher at $34.91.