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Liberty Mutual Weighing Options, Delays Australian Coal Mine Project

Apr 30 2021 // MELBOURNE — U.S. insurer Liberty Mutual will not be filing an environmental impact assessment for a coal project in Australia, it said on Friday, missing a deadline as it weighs alternatives for the proposed...

Study of Area Where South Dakota Mine Collapsed to Begin in May

Apr 13 2021 // Experts from Montana Technological University will soon begin to analyze what lies underground in Black Hawk, S.D., neighborhood where homes have been evacuated because ground over an abandoned mine collapsed. A law firm...

Sustainable Investment Group Questions Liberty Mutual over Australia Coal Mine Plan

Apr 8 2021 // MELBOURNE – UNPRI, a United Nations-backed network that promotes sustainable investment, is reviewing the status of Liberty Mutual as a signatory after receiving a complaint that the U.S. insurer is backing a coal...

Environmental Officials Investigate Mine Discharge into W. Virginia Waterways

Mar 9 2021 // West Virginia environmental authorities said Friday that they are investigating the cause of highly acidic water flowing from a former mine complex to waterways in northern Preston County. Sediment and discharge 10 times...

Coal Company Blackjewel Ordered to Clean Up Kentucky Mine Site

Mar 8 2021 // Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel was ordered by a federal judge last month to clean up a Kentucky mine site. In a bankruptcy court ruling, Judge Benjamin Kahn said the Bell County site presented a potential threat and...

Upstream Mine Tailings Dams Pose Higher Risks of Instability: Study

Mar 5 2021 // The most widespread type of dam used to store mine waste is nearly twice as unstable as the average tailings facility, a global study showed on Friday, highlighting the risk of so-called “upstream” construction...

Family of West Virginia Gov to Pay $270K in Suit Over Mine Discharges

Feb 26 2021 // A coal company controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice must pay $270,000 to a nonprofit land protection group and comply with selenium discharge limits under a settlement approved by a federal...

Lloyd’s Insurer Brit to Stop Insuring Australia’s Adani Coal Mine

Feb 23 2021 // Major Lloyd’s of London insurer Brit will not insure Adani Enterprises’ Carmichael thermal coal mine, it said on Tuesday, adding to a growing list of Lloyd’s insurers who have made similar...

Viewpoint: Biometric Information Privacy Statutes Could Be a Minefield for Insurers

Feb 19 2021 // In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in private entity use of biometric-dependent technology to assist with employee timekeeping, financial transactions and security. In turn, privacy concerns regarding...

Construction of Controversial UK Coal Mine Now Under Review After Climate Backlash

Feb 10 2021 // Construction of a coal mine that threatened UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim to be a world leader in the fight against climate change is under review after growing opposition. The Woodhouse Colliery would be...

Russian Mining Giant Nornickel Fined $2 Billion for Huge Arctic Fuel Spill

Feb 5 2021 // MOSCOW – Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel was fined $2 billion on Friday for the damage caused by a huge fuel spill last year in the country’s worst environmental disaster in the Arctic. The leakage in May of...

Vale Agrees to Pay Settlement of $7 Billion for Brazilian Mine Disaster in 2019

Feb 4 2021 // Vale SA reached a settlement agreement with Brazilian authorities for a dam collapse that killed 270 people and led to production cutbacks that stripped the company of the title of world’s biggest iron ore...

Cargill Closing Louisiana Salt Mine Where 2 Died in Roof Collapse

Feb 1 2021 // Cargill is permanently halting operations at a Louisiana salt mine where a roof collapse in mid-December killed two workers, the company announced, and will close the site by 2024. According to a statement issued by the...

Companies to Face Tougher Mining Regulations, Costs in Wisconsin

Jan 28 2021 // Companies looking to mine copper, gold and silver in Wisconsin will face dramatically higher costs and have to work around an extensive list of off-limit areas under new rules the state Department of Natural Resources...

Former Kentucky Mine Safety Director Pleads Guilty to Dust Monitor Tampering

Jan 25 2021 // A safety director at a Kentucky coal mine has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of rigging dust monitoring in underground mines. Steve DeMoss pleaded guilty earlier this month in federal court in Owensboro. He was one of...

Brazil Miner Vale, State Authorities Narrow Differences in Disaster Settlement: Reuters

Jan 25 2021 // Brazilian miner Vale SA and state authorities narrowed their gap in a potential settlement deal over the Brumadinho mining disaster to 11 billion reais ($2 billion) before talks fell apart, a person close to the...

Navajo Nation Reaches Settlements with Mining Companies

Jan 25 2021 // The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced in mid-January it settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three states being fouled with a plume of...

Navajo Nation Reaches Settlements with Mining Companies

Jan 15 2021 // The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a...

As Production Declines, Coal Miner Fatalities at Historic Low

Jan 15 2021 // Five miners died in U.S. coal mines in 2020, an all-time low mark for an industry in a year that saw continuing declines in production as electric providers move away from burning coal. The federal Mine Safety and Health...

Investors Sue Parent Company Behind Alaska Gold Mine

Jan 6 2021 // The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska faces lawsuits from investors claiming it misled shareholders who have seen an 85% drop in stock value since the summer. Two lawsuits filed in U.S. District...