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January 22, 2006 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
July 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The U.S. mining company Freeport has ordered its 20,000 employees in Indonesia to avoid the only road to the world's largest gold mine in the wake of deadly ambushes by mysterious gunmen. The wave of attacks that began Saturday marked the worst violence to hit Freeport's operations in the restive Papua province since the killings of three teachers, including two Americans, in 2002. At least 12 people have been killed or wounded in the attacks along the 40-mile road from Grasberg to the mountain mining town of Timika.
July 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Uranium is being illegally mined at a site in Congo that provided the radioactive material for the U.S. atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, U.N. experts reported. The Shinkolobwe mine in Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, was ordered closed after U.N. investigators found it unsafe in 2004. But a team of experts monitoring a U.N. arms embargo on Congo said they had found signs of mining by private individuals.
January 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt killed a proposal Wednesday for an open-pit gold mine in Southern California that he said would irreparably damage Indian cultural and religious sites near the Arizona border. Mining advocates expressed outrage at the decision and the company, Glamis Gold Ltd. of Reno, threatened to fight it in court. Babbitt's decision blocked Glamis from starting the 1,571-acre mine on Bureau of Land Management property about 45 miles northeast of El Centro.
May 4, 2004 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge approved plans Monday for a mine that would extract 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel from a canyon near Santa Clarita, despite the objections of environmental groups and local governments. Opponents say the project would adversely affect air quality, traffic and water supplies in north Los Angeles County. The decision was hailed as a victory by Brian Mastin, spokesman for the Mexican concrete company Cemex, which holds the federal mineral rights for the project.
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