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Peru's military tries to curb illegal gold mining in Amazon

May. 16, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

LA PAMPA, Peru (AP) — By day, Peruvian police and soldiers search for and destroy equipment used by illegal gold miners in a part of the Amazon rainforest where mining has transformed once-dense foliage into a desert pocked with dead trees and toxic pools. As night falls, they play cards and soccer, call...

Australian opposition leader favorite to win election

May. 15, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Bill Shorten, the man most likely to become Australia's prime minister in elections on Saturday, has the solid support of his center-left Labor Party behind him. But the Australian public isn't so sure. Shorten first found the public spotlight as a miners' union boss in 2006 when...

Ore-hauling trucker dead after crash at gold mine in Nevada

May. 14, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

EUREKA, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say an ore-hauling truck driver died after the vehicle he was driving overturned at an open-pit mine in northern Nevada. Eureka County Undersheriff James Clark said Tuesday that 57-year-old Dean V. Pilcher of Eureka, Colorado, was killed when the 50-ton ore hauler he was...

Barrick, Newmont joint venture to be named Nevada Gold Mines

May. 8, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A company official says a joint venture in Nevada between the state's two largest gold producing companies is nearing regulatory approval and will be called Nevada Gold Mines. The Elko Daily Free Press reports that Barrick Gold Corp. chief executive Mark Bristow revealed the name during a...

Correction: Zinke-Gold Mining Job story

Apr. 24, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In an April 16 article on former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke taking a job with U.S. Gold Corp., The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zinke would receive up to $120,000 a year in expenses related to his consulting contract, citing a company filing with the U.S. Securities...

Wyoming gold, copper mining could resume with Zinke's help

Apr. 22, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former gold and copper mining area in Wyoming could get a new lease on life with help from former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who recently joined the board of a minerals exploration and development company. Wyoming is the top coal-mining state but has little conventional...

Montana court blocks drilling north of Yellowstone

Apr. 16, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has blocked an exploratory gold mining project on private land in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the ruling by Park County District Judge Brenda Gilbert invalidated the Montana Department of Environmental...

Mining project on federal lands hires former Interior head

Apr. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for Nevada-based...

Environmental group eyes new uranium mining exploration

Apr. 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A group formed to protect the environment from uranium mining has an eye on a new project proposed for the Black Hills. F3 Gold, a mining exploratory company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, wants to begin drilling in the next two years. The Black Hills Alliance was formed in 1979...

California races to deter disaster as towns face fire risk

Apr. 11, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. A McClatchy analysis reveals more than...