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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    On February 3, the Republican-dominated US Senate voted to remove emissions limits on drilling operations, and repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies.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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China coal mine explosion kills 12 06 January 2017

At least twelve people were killed after a gas explosion and roof collapse at a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province. The explosion took place on January 4 at Xingyu Colliery in Xuzhuang Township in the city of Dengfeng. After gas density in the colliery was lowered to safe levels, rescuers entered the shaft and found first five and then another seven bodies, according to Xinhua....

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Coalition of 24 US states calls for Trump to scrap key Obama climate change and anti-coal law 20 December 2016

Senior officials in 24 states have urged US President-elect Donald Trump to kill the central element of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants. The coalition has asked the incoming Republican government to scrap the Clean Power Plan enacted by the current Democratic administration. ...

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Third China mine explosion in a week brings death toll to 60 07 December 2016

Seven coal miners are confirmed dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a mine in the central province of Hubei, Chinese authorities said on December 7. Rescuers were still trying to reach the missing miners and are pumping air into the mine shaft to aid the rescue effort. Five miners were able to escape immediately after the blast....

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News Extra: China coal mine closure plan too successful 01 December 2016

China has been seeking to curb overcapacity in its coal sector by closing smaller, less efficient mines. According to state news agency Xinhua, as recently as a few months ago Chinese policymakers were cricitising certain local authorities for not doing enough to implement the closure programme. Now, however, restricted supplies and a surge in demand have led to an unexpected increase in coal prices....

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