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Gas leak prompts hotel evacuation, sends 16 to hospital

Jul. 13, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A gas leak prompted the evacuation of a central Montana hotel and sent 16 people to the hospital for treatment. Butte Silver-Bow fire officials said emergency personnel responded to the Quality Inn in Butte at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday after guests reported they smelled a...

Mining company rejects EPA order for Superfund cleanup work

Jul. 10, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A mining company says it won't carry out cleanup work ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of a Superfund project in southwest Colorado. The Durango Herald reported Wednesday that Sunnyside Gold Corp. sent the EPA a letter saying the company isn't responsible...

Patron tackles Australian robber with bar stool, pot plant

Jul. 6, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A patron at a hotel on Australia's Gold Coast has foiled a holdup by attacking the robber with a bar stool and a pot plant. A video release by the Queensland police shows a hooded man enter the Mermaid Beach Hotel in the early hours of Friday morning and threaten a female...

Natural causes, not mining fatality, caused death in Nevada

Jul. 2, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

EUREKA, Nev. (AP) — Federal safety regulators say a death reported as a mining fatality in Nevada earlier this year was the result of natural causes. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration rescinded its findings last week in the May 13 death of 57-year-old Dean Pilcher of Eureka, Colorado. The...

Possible billions in gold sparks SC mine expansion

Jun. 28, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

KERSHAW, S.C. (AP) — Potentially rich deposits of gold in South Carolina are fueling a proposed expansion of a huge mine that has some excited about the prospect of 250 new jobs in a tiny community halfway between Columbia and Charlotte. OceanaGold's expansion plan says the Australia-based company would...

Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

Jun. 21, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery. A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders...

As lake levels rise, so do mercury levels in Wisconsin fish

Jun. 9, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It is mid-March, and two researchers trudge on snowshoes through feet of snow on a wooded trail, dragging a small plastic sled full of equipment. Scientist Carl Watras' snowshoes are rigged with rubber from bicycle tires to bind the webbed contraptions to his feet. His research...

Mining company denies Nez Perce Tribe pollution allegations

Jun. 6, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A mining company facing a potential lawsuit by the Nez Perce Tribe over pollution at a historic mining area in central Idaho is not to blame for the pollution because it has never mined there, the company said Thursday. Midas Gold Corp. in a statement said more than a century of mining...

Argentina Supreme court upholds glacier protection law

Jun. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Supreme Court upheld the country's glacier protection law Tuesday, rejecting an effort by mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. to have it declared unconstitutional. The decision was praised by environmentalists and marked a setback for one of the world's biggest gold...

Corps corrects end date for Pebble project comment period

May. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has corrected the closing date for the extended comment period for a draft environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The corps earlier this month said it was extending the comment period from 90 days to 120...