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Ohio man killed in accident at West Virginia coal mine

Aug. 18, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner died in an accident at a northern West Virginia underground mine, officials said. William A. Richards, 38, of Cadiz, Ohio, was killed in the accident Wednesday at the Tunnel Ridge Mine in Triadelphia, the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health,...

Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from US lands

Aug. 12, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, in an order that marked a major setback to the already struggling coal industry....

Drummond ordered to clean old mine site, pay $3.65 million

Aug. 12, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Drummond Co. Inc. must clean up an abandoned site and pay $3.65 million under an agreement approved by a federal judge in a lawsuit over environmental pollution in north Alabama. The settlement, announced in a statement released Thursday by environmental...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

Aug. 12, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely...

Initial dives in collapsed Mexican mine unsuccessful

Aug. 11, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescue divers' first attempts to reach 10 miners trapped inside a flooded coal mine since last week were stopped by debris-filled shafts and poor visibility, Mexican authorities said Thursday. They made four attempts Wednesday and managed to remove more than a...

Mexico to send aquatic drone into shaft with trapped miners

Aug. 08, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will attempt to send an aquatic drone into a collapsed coal mine where 10 miners have been trapped since last week. Laura Velázquez, national Civil Defense coordinator, said Monday that images from the drone could help authorities decide whether to send...

Judge: Agency keeps ignoring environment in coal region plan

Aug. 05, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency has once again failed to consider possible damage to the environment caused by mining coal when setting land management policies governing a major coal-producing region in Wyoming and Montana, a judge ruled this week. The ruling rejected...

Efforts intensify to reach 10 trapped coal miners in Mexico

Aug. 04, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

SABINAS, Mexico (AP) — Efforts to rescue 10 miners trapped in a collapsed and flooded coal mine in northern Mexico intensified Thursday with hundreds of people involved in the operation, authorities said. The collapse occurred after the miners breached a neighboring area filled...

Australia to protect Barrier Reef by banning coal mine

Aug. 04, 2022 05:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government announced on Thursday it plans to prevent development of a coal mine due to the potential impact on the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said she intends to deny approval for the Central...

9 coal miners trapped after collapse in northern Mexico

Aug. 03, 2022 21:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A cave-in at a coal mine in northern Mexico trapped nine miners Wednesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said. The president tweeted that the accident happened in the town of Sabinas in the border state of Coahuila. He said 92 soldiers, specialists and...