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Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining

Nov. 9, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SARPY CREEK, Montana (AP) — When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and make way for mining, investigators concluded the damage on the Crow Indian Reservation broke federal law and would cost $10...

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

Nov. 6, 2019 3:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners. Democrat Joe Manchin and...

Nevada suit seeks to protect rare wildflower from mining

Oct. 31, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are suing the Trump administration to try to block mining exploration in Nevada they say would wipe out the only known population of a desert wildflower. The Center for Biological Diversity filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this...

House OKs bill aimed at thwarting mines near Grand Canyon

Oct. 30, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. House has passed legislation that permanently would ban new mining claims around the Grand Canyon. The vote Wednesday came as the mining industry pushes President Donald Trump to boost demand for domestic supplies of uranium, tax breaks and other financial incentives....

Judge sides with coal company over Wyoming permit rejection

Oct. 30, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming environmental review panel lacked authority to reject a permit for a proposed coal mine, a judge has ruled. Under federal law, only the director of the Department of Environmental Quality can decide whether to issue a permit for Ramaco Carbon's Brook Mine, Laramie County...

US regulators to complete coal merger review by mid-2020

Oct. 30, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. regulators plan to finish reviewing a proposed coal mining joint venture in the first half of 2020. Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. seek to merge operations in Wyoming and Colorado. The St. Louis-based companies operate some of the world's largest coal mines in northeast...

Deal reached in dispute that shuttered large US coal mine

Oct. 25, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials reached a temporary deal on Friday that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen amid a legal dispute with its new owners from the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company shut down the mine Thursday after Montana regulators...

Navajo company shuts coal mine in dispute over sovereignty

Oct. 24, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. was indefinitely shuttered Thursday in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company blamed the state of...

Minnesota Court of Appeals weighs challenges to PolyMet mine

Oct. 22, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on challenges by environmentalists and the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The groups want to overturn decisions by the Department of Natural Resources to grant the project a...

Audit: State gave gravel industry influence in faulty study

Oct. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in a state-funded study that found looming shortages in materials used to build highways, potentially undermining the report's credibility and wasting taxpayers' money, auditors said Friday. An...