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  • New Zealand experts reopen mine eight years after fatal blast

    21 May 2019

    On May 21, mining experts re-entered a coal mine closed for more than eight years after one of New Zealand’s worst industrial disasters killed 29 men, the government said, looking to investigate the cause and retrieve the remains of victims. Safety concerns prompted the previous government to rule out re-entry....

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  • At least seven killed in Afghanistan coal mine explosion

    23 April 2019

    An Afghan official said on April 21 that an explosion at a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan had killed at least seven miners. Hashim Bayan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said two other miners were injured in the blast in the remote Dar-i-Suf district....

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  • Eight miners suffocated in unofficial gold mine in Peru

    01 April 2019

    Eight miners died and one survived after an incident in an unofficial gold mine on Cerro El Toro near the Andean city of Huamachuco in northern Peru on March 30, according to RPP News. Initial reports said the eight had been asphyxiated by gases from a blast in a nearby mine....

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  • China to carry out exceptional safety inspections following fatal chemical plant explosion

    28 March 2019

    China's Ministry of Emergency Management will carry out a month-long special inspection in the fields of hazardous chemicals, mines and fire safety, according to the Xinhua state news agency. In a statement, the Ministry said lessons should be learned from recent accidents, and the country must thoroughly analyse its production safety systems. This follows the deadly chemical plant blast in east China's Jiangsu province on March 21 that killed 78....

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  • US judge sets precedent by blocking new drilling on public land in Wyoming due to climate change

    21 March 2019

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked new drilling on 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) of land in Wyoming after ruling that the US Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when allowing oil and gas companies to lease federal land in the state. This a shot across the bows of the Trump administration, which wants to encourage fossil fuel extraction and disputes climate change....

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First new UK deep coal mine in decades to be sunk in Cumbria 19 March 2019

Britain’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years on the coast near Whitehaven, has been given the go-ahead by Cumbria county council. The £165m Woodhouse colliery, to be developed by West Cumbria Mining, will process 2.5m tonnes of coking coal a year for the UK and European steel industry, replacing imports from the US, Canada, Russia and Columbia....

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Deaths from coal mine incidents in China fall to new low of 333 in 2018 19 March 2019

The number of coal mine deaths in China declined by 13.1% last year to stand at 333. It was the first time that China had recorded fewer than 0.1 deaths per million tons of coal produced, officials at a national coal mine safety conference in Beijing reported. The total number of incidents fell by just 0.9% to 224. ...

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US mining fatalities in 2018 were second lowest on record 18 March 2019

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018 - the second lowest number ever recorded. Eighteen fatalities occurred at surface operations; nine occurred in underground mines. Approximately 250,000 miners work across 12,000 US metal/nonmetal mines, and 83,000 miners work in the nation’s 1,200 coal mines....

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Solomon Islands face ecological disaster after oil spill from grounded cargo vessel 04 March 2019

Three weeks after a cargo ship ran aground in a storm off the Solomon Islands in the West Pacific, urgent efforts are being made to mitigate the effects of a large oil leak from the vessel on the world's largest raised coral atoll. An estimated 75 tonnes of oil have escaped from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader, out of 600 tonnes on board. ...

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Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator 01 March 2019

On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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