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.
October 23, 1990 |
Spurred by protests from Western states, the Senate late Monday rejected a proposed one-year ban on selling federal land containing gold, silver and other hard-rock minerals to mining companies for as little as $2.50 an acre. The proposed temporary moratorium on issuing cheap titles to federal mining land was sponsored by Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.), who called the practice a flagrant giveaway of public land and "the biggest scam still going on in America." Western senators led by Sen.
August 9, 2003 |
Seeking refuge from a shaky bond market and troubled dollar, investors are piling back into the gold sector, driving shares in pure-gold-play mining stocks Friday to their highest levels in more than six years. The American Stock Exchange "gold bugs" index -- comprising mining companies that sell gold only as it is mined, instead of preselling to lock in future prices with forwards and options -- surged 5% to its highest level since March 1997. Fourteen of the index's 15 stocks rose.
October 25, 2001 |
The Department of the Interior will issue new mining regulations today that will reverse some Clinton-era provisions but keep a requirement that mining operators post bonds to guarantee they will clean up after themselves, senior department officials said.
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."
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October 9, 1999 |
U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon said he will introduce a bill next week in Washington that would kill plans for a proposed gravel-mining facility in Soledad Canyon. Much as he did in 1996 when he blocked the Elsmere Canyon landfill project in Angeles National Forest, McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) has written a bill that would prohibit the Transit Mixed Concrete company from mining gravel on a 500-acre site at Soledad Canyon Road and the Antelope Valley Freeway.
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.