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Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed PolyMet...

Colorado county suspends new mining permit applications

Nov. 19, 2019 11:38 AM EST

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — County officials in Colorado have imposed a moratorium on new or amended mining and gravel projects for the next six months to allow time to create a 2030 comprehensive plan and adjust the land-use code. The Post Independent reported Monday that the moratorium imposed in...

15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

Nov. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion inside a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said Tuesday. The blast occurred Monday afternoon at a mine operated by the local Feng Yan Group in Shanxi province’s Pingyao county. Rescue work was halted early...

Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

A Texas company devalues sand mines in Wisconsin

Nov. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Texas industrial sand mining company’s announcement that it has devalued two of its mines marks the bleak conditions facing Wisconsin’s frac sand industry. Hi-Crush Inc. said last week that its August and Whitehall mines have been devalued by $109.7 million and $105.7...

Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America

Nov. 17, 2019 5:19 PM EST

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from...

Nearly 200 layoffs coming at Indiana coal mine

Nov. 16, 2019 12:49 PM EST

OWENSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A coal mine in southern Indiana is laying off 184 employees. The Evansville Courier & Press says Gibson County Coal filed a notice Friday. The layoffs are effective Jan. 15. The coal company’s parent, Alliance Resource Partners, says there’s too much coal on the...

Navajo company confident about Wyoming, Montana coal bonding

Nov. 13, 2019 7:14 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Navajo tribal energy company officials expressed confidence Wednesday they will be able to secure necessary bonding for recently purchased coal mines in Wyoming and Montana without financial backing from the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has adequate potential...

Chinese buyer of British Steel looks to grow abroad

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jingye Group's purchase of British Steel Ltd. gives the privately owned Chinese steelmaker a chance to grow outside a home market dominated by giant state-owned mills. The deal adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that want to speed their growth in industries from...

Proposed copper mine construction likely delayed until 2023

Nov. 13, 2019 12:18 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An official for the company proposing to build an open-pit copper mine southeast of Tucson says construction likely will be delayed at least until 2023 due to a federal court ruling. David Bryson, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Hudbay Minerals Inc., told...