Washington State company trying to revive shuttered coal mine

A Washington State company is trying to resist the wave of U.S. coal mine and coal plant closures by re-opening the John Henry Mine in King County. According to The Seattle Times, Pacific Coast Coal Co. wants to mine 85,000 to 90,000 tons a year over six years from the privately owned, 480-acre site. If the plan is successful, it[…]

Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Indonesia’s military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to “destroy” mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their struggle for independence. Police say an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1,000 people in five[…]

Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

Armed separatists have occupied five villages in Indonesia’s Papua province, threatening to disrupt Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine, which has already been hit this year by labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights. A state of emergency has been declared and around 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the mining area[…]

Awaiting Trump's coal comeback, miners reject retraining

When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing. He settled instead on something familiar: a coal mining course. ”I think there is a coal comeback,” said the 33-year-old son of a miner. Despite[…]

Rick Perry suggests proposal to force utilities to pay more for non-renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a controversial plan to slow the closure of coal-powered fire plants, under the guise of stabilizing the power grid. The background of the yet-to-be-passed policy dates back to April, when Perry instructed his second-in-command to develop a 60-day review that looks at how regulatory burdens, subsidies, and[…]

UNEP urges mining companies to better manage tailings facilities

The United Nations Environmental Programme released a report titled “Mine tailings storage: safety is no accident,” where the organization urges mining companies to put safety first and avoid erecting dams using methods that are known to be high risk. “The United Nations Environment Rapid Response Assessment on mine tailings looks at why existing engineering and[…]

China bought tonnes of North Korean coal

North Korea’s biggest trading partner imported 1.64 million tonnes of coal in August, despite a supposed embargo imposed by Beijing to comply with the UN sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. According to CNN, even though China announced in February that it would halt all coal shipments from its smaller neighbour through the end[…]