June 21, 2011 |
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to place a 20-year ban on mining 1 million acres of land bordering the Grand Canyon, an area where uranium mining claims have spiked 2,000% in the last seven years. The ban would strengthen a moratorium on new mining claims and activity, which the administration placed on Grand Canyon border lands two years ago in response to the jump in uranium stakes. Interior Department officials said the agency initially would extend the current moratorium another six months, until December, in order to complete the steps necessary to establish the 20-year ban. Mines currently in operation would not be affected.
June 2, 2011 |
Wang Wenlin and his family have eked out a living for decades farming and herding sheep and cattle on the vast, unforgiving Inner Mongolian steppes. But the opening three years ago of a nearby colliery and railway line to transport coal across his grazing land has squeezed Wang's livelihood. "My animals only have so much land to graze," said Wang, who earns about $9,000 a year. "In the winter, I'm cut off from the closest city. When it's windy, we get covered in coal dust because it's an open mine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2001 |
This isolated and rocky section of desert in the Imperial Valley is suddenly center stage in a national political fight over the Bush administration's effort to make it easier for mining companies to operate on federal land. In rules published Tuesday in the Federal Register, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said she is rolling back environmental restrictions placed on mining by the Clinton administration. Environmental groups are threatening to sue.
July 13, 1987 |
Major labor unrest was feared Sunday in South Africa after union officials said that 80,000 metalworkers had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike. Walkouts by coal and gold miners were also possible. A strike by the 200,000 mine workers would be by far the most serious for South Africa's economy. These miners work in 27 gold pits and 18 collieries and make up nearly half the miners in South Africa, and the mines provide more than half of the country's export earnings.
May 9, 2002 |
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to stop permitting coal companies to put tons of dirt and rock from their mountaintop mining operations into streams and valleys, a practice that has permanently changed the topography of Appalachia. The ruling, which prohibits the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing new permits for piling leftover dirt and rock into streams, could greatly reduce mountaintop removal mining.
January 11, 2012
Nothing spoils a good hike through the wilderness like radioactive streams. That's one of the reasons all Americans, but particularly Arizonans who benefit from the tourism magnet that is the Grand Canyon, should be thankful to the Obama administration for its decision Monday to withdraw about 1 million acres in the vicinity of the national park from new mining claims for the next 20 years. Congressional Republicans, led by politicians such as Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake who are heavily backed by the mining industry, turned the Grand Canyon decision into an important plank of a broad anti-environmental campaign last year, throwing up numerous bills and amendments to prevent the Interior Department from withdrawing these lands from new claims.
December 18, 1990 |
Welfare saps initiative, right? Generation after generation, it creates a culture of dependence. Sure. Doubters need only look to the minerals mining industry, a business so addicted to government handouts that it apparently can barely lift a shovel without taxpayer help. California is having a second great gold rush. It's a leader in boron and gypsum too, producing $3 billion a year in non-fuel minerals overall and ranking second only to Arizona.
October 26, 1992 |
The largest mass demonstration in years tied up central London on Sunday as an estimated 150,000 people turned out in support of threatened British miners. In driving rain, a well-behaved crowd formed behind colliery brass bands parading through the capital in a march that protested not only the government's announced closure of 31 mines but also the faltering economy.
November 18, 1995 |
Drawing little attention amid the broader federal budget debate, members of the House and Senate, backed by key figures in the mining industry, have carved out a far-reaching agreement that reverses policies and payment practices that have governed mining on public land for more than a century. Under the new provision, the federal government would for the first time collect royalties on gold, silver, lead, platinum and other hard-rock minerals extracted from federal property.