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US coal company facing $102,000 fine after causing risk of “catastrophic explosion” 05 September 2022

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Francisco, Indiana coal mine violated mandatory safety standards when it continued to operate an energised drill during a methane inundation, creating the risk of a catastrophic explosion....

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Closure of UK coal plant to be delayed to prevent blackouts 30 August 2022

The closure of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire, UK is set to be delayed as part of the government’s efforts to prevent electricity blackouts this winter. The National Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) is nearing an agreement with operator Uniper to keep operations at the site online....

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Mining company fined £3.6 million after electricians sustain burns in UK 09 August 2022

A mining company has been fined after two electricians suffered severe burns in separate incidents. The owners of Boulby Mine in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland were fined £3.6 million and ordered to pay costs of £185,000 after an investigation by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)....

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Record clean energy spending is set to help global energy investment grow by 8% in 2022 04 July 2022

Global energy investment is set to increase by 8% in 2022 to reach $2.4 trillion (£1.98tn), with the anticipated rise coming mainly in clean energy, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Although encouraging, the growth investment is still far from enough to tackle the multiple dimensions of today’s energy crisis and pave the way towards a cleaner and more secure energy future, the IEA says....

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Coal mine explosion kills 12 people in Colombia, three remain missing 07 June 2022

An explosion at a coal mine in northeastern Colombia killed 12 people on May 30. One miner died in hospital shortly after the blast while 14 others became trapped underground. An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted in the days following the incident which led to the discovery of 12 bodies. As of June 7, three people remain missing....

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Two separate coal mine explosions in a week kill 11 people in Poland, 11 more remain missing 25 April 2022

Two methane explosions in the span of a week have killed a total of 11 people at two mines in southern Poland. The first incident killed five people, injured 21 and left seven people trapped underground. A second incident at a separate mine then occurred on April 23, killing six people and leaving several missing. Rescue efforts at both mines, which are owned by mining company JSW, are continuing....

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UK regulator withdraws requirement to decommission remaining shale gas wells 05 April 2022

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced on March 31 that it has withdrawn a notice that required Cuadrilla Resources, the only company licensed to carry out fracking in the UK, to decommission its shale gas wells by June 2022. Cuadrilla now has until the end of June 2023 to evaluate options for two sites, but if no credible re-use plans are in place by then, it is expected that the decommissioning requirements will be re-imposed....

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Coal mine collapse kills eight, injures 18 in Serbia 05 April 2022

Eight miners died and 18 others were injured on April 1 after a coal mine collapsed near the southern Serbian town of Aleksinac. The incident occurred at the Soko mine, around 155 miles (250km) south of Belgrade, where a collapse in an excavation chamber led to “a sudden penetration” of methane gas....

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Coal mine explosion kills 11, injures four in Colombia 28 February 2022

A coal mine blast killed 11 workers and injured four others in Colombia’s Boyacá province on February 26. The country’s mining agency, Agencia Nacional de Mineria (ANM), said that the incident occurred at La Chapa mine in the town of Tasco in central Colombia....

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No charges to be laid in relation to 2020 Australian mine explosion 22 February 2022

Queensland’s Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor (OWHSP) announced on February 22 that no charges would be laid in relation to the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Moranbah which critically injured five people. The decision has drawn criticism from the industry, including the Mining and Energy Union which said workers had been left angry....

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