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Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

German villagers want top court to save homes from coal mine

Sep. 9, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Villagers living on the edge of a vast German coal mine said Wednesday they have lodged a case with Germany's top court in a bid to save their homes. The villagers say that a law intended to phase out the country's use of coal over the next 18 years will nevertheless result in the destruction...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, elephants roam in the Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/File)

Zimbabwe government announces mining ban in national parks

Sep. 9, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government says it has banned mining in its national parks, but an environmental group that had taken court action to stop the development of a coal mine in an elephant-rich park said on Wednesday that it will insist on “more than just words.” Reports...

Rescuer workers search for bodies at the site of a marble mine that collapsed in Mohmand, Pakistan, near the Afghan border, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Pakistani officials said rescue crews using heavy machinery have pulled eight more bodies from the mine in the country's northwest. This raises the death toll from Monday's incident to more than 15. (AP Photo/Zubair Khan)

Death toll from collapsed mine in NW Pakistan rises to 22

Sep. 8, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Rescue crews using heavy machinery recovered 14 more bodies from a collapsed marble mine in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, raising the death toll from the incident to 22, officials said. The cause of the cave-in had not been determined. Mining accidents are common in Pakistan,...

Marble mine collapses in Pakistan, killing 8

Sep. 7, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — At least eight Pakistani miners were killed and seven were injured when a marble mine collapsed Monday in the country's northwest, police said. Rescue workers were still trying to pull out several trapped miners, said Tariq Khan, a district police officer in the town of Mohmand on...

Local officials visit the gold and copper mine site, in Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province March 18, 2017. Pakistan is seeking the reversal of a $5.8 billion penalty imposed by an international tribunal for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, saying that paying the fine will hinder its ability to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The Reko Diq district is famed for its mineral wealth, including gold and copper. (AP Photo/Naseem James)

Pakistan seeking relief from $5.8B fine over mining lease

Sep. 7, 2020 1:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is seeking the reversal of a $5.8 billion penalty imposed by an international tribunal for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, saying that paying the fine would hinder its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan’s...

Judge mostly OKs regulators' handling of mine water permit

Sep. 5, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the agency, which mine...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. A Canadian company that is seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the heavily-mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, against the U.S. Forest Service under the citizen enforcement provision of the Clean Water Act. (Riley Bunch//The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

Canadian mining company sues US over Idaho water pollution

Aug. 19, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Canadian company seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government, contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the already heavily mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the...

State to review application for large mining operation

Aug. 15, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

PATTEN,Maine (AP) — The Land Use Planning Commission is moving forward with the first review of a large-scale mining proposal since a law three years ago opened the door to such projects while setting tough standards. Ontario-based Wolfden Resources is seeking to rezone 528 acres outside of Patten to mine...

Montana copper mine posts reclamation bond, gets permit

Aug. 14, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana environmental regulators issued a mining permit to Tintina Montana Inc. for preparation work on a planned underground copper mine in central Montana, the Department of Environmental Quality said Friday. The permit was issued after Tintina posted a $4.6 million bond to cover the...