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  • Ukraine coal producer idles key coal mines in rebel-held east

    09 March 2017

    Ukrainian coal producer DTEK Energy said on March 9 it had idled its largest mines in territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to a blockade on rail traffic on the Ukrainian side of the eastern front line. The blockade by a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans has held up industrial shipments from rebel-held areas since early 2017....

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  • Fatal opencast coal mine cave-in highlights India's poor mining safety record

    06 March 2017

    Some 23 miners and dozens of vehicles were buried when about 250 metres of stripped overburden collapsed on December 29, 2016, at the Lalmatia opencast mine in Jharkhand, north-eastern India. In an investigation, Indian Express noted that this disaster ended an exceptionally dangerous year for mining in India, with a fatality every three days during the first six months....

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  • Coal mine explosion in Ukraine kills eight

    03 March 2017

    On March 1, a methane explosion killed at least eight coal miners and injured six others some 550 metres underground in western Ukraine's Lviv region. Ukrainian emergency officials said about 34 miners were working in the area of the blast in Stepnaya mine in Lviv's Sokal district. Authorities rescued 20 trapped miners several hours later....

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  • China coal mine blast fatality numbers rise after official accused of cover-up

    21 February 2017

    Xinhua reports that the death toll in the methane explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan City, Hunan Province, has risen to 10 after a miner originally listed as injured was found to be dead. The news agency said police had arrested a mine official on suspicion of covering up the death. Three local government officials including two deputy mayors are also under investigation....

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  • Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine

    10 February 2017

    After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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Australian government supports public funding for new "clean coal" power stations 07 February 2017

Australia's resources minister Matthew Canavan said the government is considering providing some of the A$5 billion ($3.84 billion) Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to help build new high-efficiency "clean coal" power stations in the country's north, Australian media reported on February 4....

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US Republicans move quickly to dismantle Obama energy and environment rules 07 February 2017

On February 3, the Republican-dominated US Senate voted to remove emissions limits on drilling operations, and repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies. These had already been voted on by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be signed into law as soon as next week by President Trump....

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One killed in Bangladesh protest against Chinese-backed power plant 07 February 2017

Supporters and opponents of a planned 1,320-MW Chinese-backed coal-fired power station on the coast of Bangladesh were involved in running clashes that resulted in one death and 12 injuries according to local and international media. The plant is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019 if the construction timetable proceeds as planned....

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China's largest coal province to cut 20 million tonnes of capacity in 2017 - Xinhua 16 January 2017

China's top coal-producing province Shanxi will cut 20 million tonnes of output capacity this year, state news agency Xinhua reported. Tackling excess coal production capacity will remain the provincial government's priority in 2017, Xinhua quoted Shanxi Governor Lou Yangsheng as saying on January 14....

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Congress Republicans seek to curb US regulators 09 January 2017

On January 5, Republican lawmakers pressed ahead with plans to limit the ability of US regulatory agencies to introduce new regulations. The Republican dominated House of Representatives voted 237 to 187 to pass the REINS Act, which will require Congressional approval for major new regulations on the environment, industry, education and a number of other sectors....

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