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Gold mine fire kills 27 in Peru 09 May 2023

A fire in a gold mine killed 27 workers on 6 May in southern Peru. The incident at a mine in the remote Arequipa region is the country’s worst mining accident for decades....

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US agency announces findings of inspections at mines with previous health & safety violations 04 April 2023

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the findings of monthly impact inspections at 25 US mines in January and February 2023. MSHA conducts impact inspections at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to factors that include poor compliance history; previous accidents, injuries, and illnesses; and other compliance concerns....

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Coal mine explosion kills 21 in Colombia 17 March 2023

The death toll from a coal mine explosion in Colombia has risen to 21 after 10 missing miners were found dead. The blast happened at a mine in the rural area of Sutatausa in central Colombia on March 14....

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Coal mine gas leak kills six in Pakistan 15 March 2023

A gas leak in a coal mine killed six people in Pakistan’s Balochistan region on March 3. Five people were also injured and required hospitalisation after attempting to rescue trapped workers....

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US mining company facing $350,000 in penalties to resolve more than 530 violations 13 March 2023

A federal administrative law judge has ordered the operator of mining complexes in south west Virginia and eastern Kentucky to pay civil penalties totalling $349,444 (£287k) to resolve 533 citations for mine safety and health violations that US Department of Labor inspectors identified at 14 mines....

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US metal plant explosion kills one, injures 13 21 February 2023

One person was killed and 13 others were injured after an explosion at a metals plant near Cleveland, Ohio in the US on February 20. The blast sent debris, including molten metal, flying onto neighbouring buildings....

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International Energy Agency says “there is no excuse” methane emissions remain high in 2022 21 February 2023

The International Energy Agency has published the latest update of its Global Methane Tracker which has shown that a combination of high energy prices, security of supply concerns and economic uncertainty were not enough to drive down methane emissions in 2022 despite data showing the oil and gas sector could slash emissions of potent greenhouse gas using only a fraction of its bumper income from the energy crisis....

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UK government to offer steel firms £600m to go green 23 January 2023

The UK government is set to provide British Steel and Tata Steel with £600 million in funding to help the two steelmakers switch from coal-fired blast furnaces and to help with their energy costs. The BBC reports that the funding is set to be announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt this week in a move which will protect thousands of jobs....

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UK approves first new deep coal mine in 30 years 08 December 2022

The UK approved its first new coal mine in decades on December 7 to the disdain of critics who say it will hinder efforts to meet climate targets. The mine, known as Woodhouse Colliery, will be located underground on a brownfield site to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria, northwest England. The project is being developed by West Cumbria Mining at a cost of £165m and will extract coking coal for the steel industry....

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ArcelorMittal mine explosion kills five, injures four 04 November 2022

A methane gas explosion killed five people at an ArcelorMittal coal mine in Kazakhstan on November 3. The steel manufacturer said that four people were also hospitalised by the blast which happened at a mine in the Qaraghandy region in central Kazakhstan....

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