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.
July 22, 2007 |
A 16-year-old U.S. tourist fell 1,000 feet to his death at an abandoned mine in central Mexico, and rescue workers were trying to recover his body. Witnesses told police that Taylor Crane of Pennsylvania tried to jump over the 10-foot-wide shaft of the Cinco Senores mine in San Luis de la Paz in Guanajuato state and fell in.
August 1, 2002 |
UKRAINE * An explosion ripped through a coal mine in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 19 miners in the nation's third such tragedy in less than a month. The fate of two others in the mine was unknown, but 19 bodies were recovered, an official with the local Committee for Labor said. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. On July 7, 35 miners died in a fire, and a July 21 blast killed six.
November 24, 2005 |
Five men used picks and shovels in freezing temperatures to free a dog that had been trapped for several days in a 12-inch-wide pipe at an abandoned mine near Premier. The Plott hound, named Charlie, appeared to be healthy, said Cathy Patton, a spokeswoman for the McDowell County Commission. "He's so frisky. I sat down to take a picture of him, and he just walked over and kissed me," Patton said.
February 8, 2006 |
Coal mine operators will soon have to store extra oxygen supplies underground and let federal officials know about accidents more quickly, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday. The agency expects to publish a new emergency rule for mines within the next two weeks, agency spokesman Dirk Fillpot said. The agency issues emergency rules only rarely. They go into effect immediately, which is a departure from the typical, lengthy federal rulemaking process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2002 |
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has called for an investigation of the Interior Department's decision to approve a company's claims to mine gold in Imperial County near Quechan Indian cultural and religious sites. Boxer asked the department's inspector general to examine potential conflicts of interest on the part of Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Deputy Secretary Stephen Griles and others who played a role in advancing a proposal by Glamis Gold Ltd. of Reno, Nev.