July 30, 2002 |
Gov. Mark Schweiker said a special state commission will examine mine safety and recommend changes to prevent accidents like the one that trapped nine men in a flooded coal mine for more than three days. Meanwhile, five of the rescued miners held a news conference and thanked the public for supporting them throughout their ordeal. Some said they were disappointed they hadn't been contacted by the mining company that sent them underground. "I haven't heard from them," said Blaine Mayhugh, 31.
March 3, 2006 |
Mexican miners and steelworkers began calling off strikes across the country Thursday, a day after staging walkouts in support of a union boss faced with a leadership challenge. The 250,000-member National Mining and Metal Workers Union said it sent a memorandum to all 130 union chapters saying that workers should do what was in their best interest.
February 8, 2005 |
W.R. Grace and Co. and seven high-ranking employees knew a Montana mine was releasing cancer-causing asbestos into the air and tried to hide the danger to workers and townspeople, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. More than 1,200 people became ill, and some of them died, prosecutors said. The asbestos was naturally present in a vermiculite mine operated by Grace in the town of Libby for nearly 30 years.
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June 23, 2004 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to approve the terms of a federal consent decree allowing a 56.1-million ton gravel and sand mine near Santa Clarita. The proposed mine, to be built by Mexican concrete giant Cemex Inc., has generated intense opposition from residents concerned about air quality and other environmental issues.
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December 2, 1997
City voters will go to the polls today for a special election on Measure M, a tax that would fund a study of the mining industry's environmental impact on Irwindale. If approved by a two-thirds majority of voters, the 9.74-cent-per-ton mining tax would only be imposed on mining-related entities, and revenues would be funneled into a "mining impact fund."
December 23, 2004 |
A U.S. mining company has admitted that it released tons of mercury into the air and water over a period of years at one of its Indonesian gold mines but denied that the releases had any health effects for people. Indonesian police have accused Newmont Mining Corp.'s local subsidiary, Newmont Minahasa Raya, of dumping heavy metals into Buyat Bay, causing residents to develop skin diseases and tumors.
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July 8, 2003 |
A Merced County farming family is facing opposition from other local farmers over a proposal to expand a gravel mining operation on its land. Owners of the Bettencourt Ranch say the land is private property and they should be able to do whatever they want. "We want a permit, but more than that we believe somebody has to take a stand for private property rights," said Pat Ferrigno, one of the ranch owners.
August 6, 2005 |
Villagers in southern China clashed with a force of 800 police who raided the area to stop illegal mining that was polluting a river, a news report said. Police arrested 47 people Thursday in several villages along the He River in the southern region of Guangxi, the Guangxi Newsnet said on its website. The report said villagers responded by "beating, smashing and looting." No injuries or deaths were mentioned.
December 14, 1995 |
The House passed and sent to the Senate Wednesday a $12.2-billion natural resources bill that retains a one-year moratorium on mining leases on federal lands and permits logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. The Interior Department's funds are used to manage the national parks, arts agencies and museums, and federal lands. The bill cuts the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities by nearly 40% from last year.
October 18, 2008 |
The Interior Department is poised to issue a final rule that would make it easier for mountaintop mining companies to dump waste near rivers and streams, the agency announced. The environmental impact statement overhauls a 1983 regulation protecting water quality that has been regularly flouted by mining companies. It marks the next-to-last step in a 4 1/2 -year battle over how companies should dispose of the rubble and slurry created when they blow the tops off mountains to get to the coal.