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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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Coal generation to fall more than 70% by 2050 - Report 25 June 2018

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050 while generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to the New Energy Outlook 2018 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)....

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Eleven killed in Northeast China iron ore mine explosion 06 June 2018

Eleven people were killed and nine injured in a blast at an iron ore mine in Northeast China's Liaoning province, local authorities said on June 5. State media initially said 25 were trapped in the mine, which is owned and operated by the Huamei Group in Benxi City, although 23 were later reported to have been rescued....

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Four killed, nine injured in coal mine explosion in SW Pakistan 05 June 2018

At least four miners were killed and nine others injured in a coal mine explosion in Pakistan's southwesten Balochistan province on June 3, Dawn News said. According to initial reports, the explosion was caused by the accumulation of gas in the mine. Shafts partially caved in following the explosion, trapping the workers under the debris. ...

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South African mining companies agree $400m compensation for silicosis 04 May 2018

Mining companies have agreed a 5bn rand ($400m) compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground. The miners contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust from gold-bearing rocks. ...

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