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Ukraine’s Grain Challenge: Clearing Mines, Finding Ships and Insurance, Trusting Putin

Jul 22 2022 // Ukraine finally secured a deal aimed at restarting crucial Black Sea grain exports that have been crippled by Russia’s invasion. But getting them going won’t be easy. Government officials from Kyiv and Moscow...

Maine Mining Superfund Site to Receive $21M

Jul 6 2022 // A Maine superfund mining site is receiving $21 million in Environmental Protection Agency funding to expedite contamination cleanup efforts. The Callahan Mine superfund site in Brooksville originally received $9 million...

China Digital Campaign Used Social Media to Target Mining Firms: Report

Jun 30 2022 // A pro-China propaganda campaign used fake social media accounts to try to stir up opposition, including protests, against mining firms that challenge China’s business interests, U.S.-based cyber-security firm...

Probe Into Australia’s Mining Sector Uncovers ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuses

Jun 29 2022 // A landmark inquiry into Australia’s mining sector has uncovered dozens of shocking cases of sexual harassment and abuse of women workers at companies including BHP Group and Rio Tinto Group. The Western Australia...

New Jersey Sues Ford for Damages Over Mining That Contaminated Tribal Land

Jun 21 2022 // New Jersey officials sued Ford Motor Company on Thursday, alleging that the automaker contaminated the ancestral homeland of a Native American tribe by dumping paint sludge and other pollutants into a former mine. The...

Black Sea Mine Removal Needed Before Ukraine Grain Can Be Shipped, Insurers Return

Jun 13 2022 // As the United Nations tries to broker a path for grain from Ukraine and temper worries about a global food crisis, hundreds of mines laid along the Black Sea present a practical nightmare that will take months to resolve...

Removing Russian Sea Mines Near Key Ukraine Ports Could Take Months: U.N.

Jun 9 2022 // Removing sea mines near Ukraine’s key ports could take months, and hundreds of seafarers are still stranded in the region following Russia’s invasion of the country, according to the United Nations agency...

Russia’s Rusal Files Suit Against Miner Rio Tinto Over Access to Alumina Refinery

Jun 6 2022 // SYDNEY – Russian aluminum producer Rusal has filed a lawsuit against global miner Rio Tinto, seeking to win back access to its 20% share of the alumina produced at a jointly owned refiner in Queensland. The lawsuit...

Mexico Prepared to Sue U.S. Mining Firm Vulcan Over ‘Ecological Catastrophe’: President

May 26 2022 // Mexico will go to local and international courts if there is no agreement with U.S. firm Vulcan Materials over its mining activity in the eastern state of Quintana Roo, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on...

Mining Company Glencore to Pay Up to $1.5B to Settle U.S., UK, Brazil Bribery Probes

May 25 2022 // Glencore Plc said on Tuesday it anticipates paying up to $1.5 billion to settle accusations of bribery and market manipulation, as authorities in the United States, Britain and Brazil announced that three of the...

Kentucky Coal Mine Cited for Tree Fall That Killed Worker in January

May 18 2022 // The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited the owners of an eastern Kentucky surface mine where a worker was killed in January by a falling tree, according to a published report. Nally & Hamilton...

SEC Sues Brazilian Miner Vale Over ‘False and Misleading’ Claims About Safety of Dams

Apr 29 2022 // The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday sued Brazilian miner Vale for allegedly making false and misleading disclosures about the safety of its dams ahead of a 2019 disaster that killed 270...

Explosion at Coking Coal Mine in Poland Kills at Least 5 People

Apr 20 2022 // The death toll from methane explosions at Pniowek mine in southern Poland climbed to five after rescue workers recovered a body of another miner trapped in a blast. The accident could have affected as many as 42 people,...

Chilean State Sues Mining Companies, Alleging Environmental Damage

Apr 11 2022 // Chile is suing mines operated by BHP, Antofagasta and Albemarle over alleged environmental damage caused by their operations in the northern Salar de Atacama salt flats, a court said late on Thursday. The State Defense...

WV Governor Signs Bill Creating Mutual Company for Mine Reclamation Costs

Apr 4 2022 // West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law a bill that creates a mutual insurance company dedicated to coal mine reclamation costs. Critics have called it an ill-fated coal industry bailout, but supporters said it...

Groups Sue for Records in Montana Mine Pollution Case

Mar 16 2022 // Conservation groups are suing Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration to obtain records related to its decision to drop legal claims against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. The groups,...

Australian Court Overturns Ruling Requiring Mine Regulator to Weigh Climate Harm to Children

Mar 15 2022 // An Australian court on Tuesday overturned a groundbreaking ruling from last year that required the country’s environment minister to consider harm to children from climate change as part of the approval process for a...

Montana Jury Awards $36.5M to Former Libby Miner With Lung Disease

Feb 25 2022 // A Montana jury has awarded $36.5 million in damages to an Oregon man who suffers from lung disease because of exposure to asbestos while working at a vermiculite mine in Libby, a bellwether case that could affect hundreds...

Brazilian Miners Likely to Miss Legal Deadline for Removal of Tailings Dams

Feb 10 2022 // Vale and other Brazilian mining companies are set to miss a legal deadline in the state of Minas Gerais for the removal of all tailings dams built using a method linked to past collapses, and the industry is seeking to...

States Eligible for $725M a Year to Clean Up Abandoned Coal Mines

Feb 8 2022 // The Biden administration on Monday said $725 million in federal funds would be available to states this year to clean up abandoned coal mines, one of several initiatives aimed at reducing pollution from decades of fossil...