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  • US zinc mine explosion kills one

    03 October 2018

    A gas explosion killed a miner working 3,800 feet (1,158 metres) underground at an Empire State Mines zinc mine in upstate New York on October 2, according to a statement issued by state police.  The mine, owned by Vancouver-based Titan Mining Corp, is in the town of Gouverneur, near the Canadian border 95 miles (152 kilometres) north of Syracuse....

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  • South Africa scraps new nuclear plans in favour of renewables

    29 August 2018

    South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the country’s energy mix in 2030 would see only 4% provided by nuclear, meaning no new build programme is being considered in the next decade. The previous government of President Jacob Zuma had planned an expansion of nuclear from the existing 1,860 megawatts (MW) to more than 9,600 MW in 2030....

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  • Industrial gas leaks sicken 250 in central Chile

    28 August 2018

    Some 250 people have been affected by industrial gas leaks in the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví, 100 km northwest of the Chilean capital, Santiago, and local authorities confirmed that 19 have been hospitalised. On August 23, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a ‘Yellow Alert’ in the two towns and has increased monitoring activities to discover the source of the leaks....

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  • UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017

    20 August 2018

    The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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  • At least seven killed in Pakistan coal mine explosion

    13 August 2018

    A gas explosion trapped 14 labourers in a coal mine in Balochistan, western Pakistan, on August 12. The bodies of seven were brought to the surface on August 13, and local media said the Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority was attempting to retrieve the remaining seven miners from the mine in Sanjadi. There was no news about their chances of survival....

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Quarry explosion in India kills 11 workers 06 August 2018

At least 11 workers were killed and four others injured after a stock of dynamite caught fire and exploded at a granite quarry in southern India, officials said on August 4. Around 30 people were inside the quarry when the blast occurred at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state. All the deceased are thought to be migrant labourers from Odisha....

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Mine safety becomes major political issue in South Africa after latest fatal incidents 20 July 2018

South Africa will tighten its mine safety regulations to hold mine operators accountable for deaths in the industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on July 16. Safety is a huge issue in South Africa’s mining sector and recent incidents have brought the matter to the top of the government’s list of concerns. ...

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Explosion in Georgia coal mine kills four, injures six 17 July 2018

An explosion in the Mindeli coal mine at Tkibuli in west-central Georgia left four miners dead and six severely injured, according to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The Ministry statement said a methane explosion caused a ceiling collapse in a mine tunnel....

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Vale and BHP sign deal with Brazil authorities over 2015 Samarco dam disaster 02 July 2018

Samarco and parent companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd have signed a deal with Brazilian authorities that settles a 20 billion reais ($5.30 billion) lawsuit related to the fatal 2015 dam burst, Vale and BHP said on June 25. The agreement was signed by prosecutors from the federal government and the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo....

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US government says support for nuclear and coal plants a matter of national security 29 June 2018

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on June 25 that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants was as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost should not be an issue. Perry said the security of the electricity grid was as important as having the right number of ships, aircraft and military personnel....

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