November 24, 2005 |
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated streamlined permitting for mountaintop-removal coal mines in West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin last year revoked 11 permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Nationwide Permit 21 process, which is intended for activities that cause no more than minimal environmental damage. A three-judge panel of the U.S.
January 4, 1989 |
British Petroleum Co. began 1989 with two major deals Tuesday, saying it agreed to sell its huge mineral interests to the international mining group RTZ Corp. and would buy back a large chunk of its own shares from Kuwait. BP, the world's third-largest oil company and Britain's biggest, said it would sell the mining operations, minus BP Canada Inc., to RTZ for $4.4 billion or 2.4 billion pounds.
January 27, 2006 |
Gov. Joe Manchin signed new mine safety rules into law, saying that the requirements for better communications, underground oxygen supplies and faster emergency responses would help prevent tragedies like the two that killed 14 miners this month. "We want to be the benchmark everyone looks to when they mine," Manchin said during the signing ceremony in Charleston, attended by some of the dead miners' relatives. "The sacrifice you all have made will change mining in this country."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2001 |
After an outpouring of opposition from residents and city officials, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a proposal to mine 56 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon. Citing the project's size and its effect on the environment, the board voted 4 to 0 with Supervisor Gloria Molina absent to deny the project proposed by Transit Mixed Concrete Co., upholding a 1999 decision by the county Regional Planning Commission.
June 25, 2001 |
Canadian mining company Falconbridge Ltd., which is seeking to develop new nickel mines in New Caledonia and Indonesia, said on Sunday that demand for nickel remains weak. Falconbridge has signed a tentative agreement with Australia's BHP Ltd. for a 37.5% interest in the undeveloped Gag Island deposit in Indonesia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000 |
City leaders plan to fire another volley Wednesday in opposition to the proposed Transit Mixed Concrete Co. mining pit in Soledad Canyon by hosting a community rally. Officials from nearby Agua Dulce and Acton, along with residents from the three communities, are expected to attend, city officials said. The 460-acre Transit Mixed site lies southeast of the Antelope Valley Freeway about two miles outside the Santa Clarita city limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2003 |
A battle over a massive quarry expansion sought near Santa Clarita took a new turn Tuesday when Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon announced he will ask Congress to cap the mine's activity at roughly its current level. The Santa Clarita Republican said a bill he plans to introduce next week is a compromise version of at least two legislative attempts by him since 1999 that sought to ban mining in Soledad Canyon because of widespread opposition to truck traffic and air pollution.
September 28, 2001 |
The nation's top mine regulator said an investigation into explosions that killed 13 in a deep coal mine will include reviews of safety violations and complaints that the company ignored miners' concerns. David Lauriski, head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, said the agency would try to determine what caused the deadly blasts at Jim Walter Resources' Blue Creek No. 5 mine on Sunday. The company is flooding the mine with water to extinguish fires.
January 22, 2006 |
As two coal miners were found dead two days after fire swept through a mine shaft in Melville, W.Va., the Bush administration was signaling a new sensitivity to the industry's dangers. The deaths came about three weeks after 12 miners died following an explosion at the Sago Mine in Tallmansville, W.Va. One trapped miner survived and remained hospitalized Saturday.
March 1, 2006 |
Demanding greater safety, about 4,000 Mexican workers Tuesday struck at copper mines owned by the operator of a coal mine where 65 men died in an explosion last week. The workers voted to strike at the country's two largest copper mines, La Caridad and Cananea, owned by Grupo Mexico. An additional 1,500 walked out of the company's zinc mine and a processing facility in central Mexico after negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract, union officials said.