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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The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced on March 31 that it has withdrawn a notice that required Cuadrilla Resources, the only company licensed to carry out fracking in the UK, to decommission its shale gas wells by June 2022.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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Spanish explosives company fined £4.4 million for Ghana truck blast that killed 13 14 February 2022

A Spanish explosives company has been fined $6 million (£4.4 million) by Ghana's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources after one of the company’s trucks was involved in an explosion on January 21 which killed 13 people and injured at least 100 others....

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Coal mine explosion leaves four dead in Pakistan 08 February 2022

An explosion in a coal mine near Quetta, southwestern Pakistan killed four workers on February 5. The blast caused a partial collapse of a mine shaft which meant three more workers had to be rescued following a search and rescue operation....

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Coal mine blast leaves one dead, eight injured in Georgia 01 February 2022

One miner was killed and eight others were injured by an explosion at a coal mine in the town of Tkibuli in western Georgia on January 30. The injured workers were all rushed to hospital in the country’s capital Tbilisi where three of them were reported to be in critical conditions....

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No injuries at Baltimore coal mine in US 03 January 2022

An explosion occurred at a coal facility in Baltimore, Maryland on December 30. No one was injured by the blast which was heard across the city. The incident happened at the CSX Curtis Bay Coal Terminal....

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Methane data falsified at coal mine where deadly blast killed 51, Putin says 03 December 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the country’s mining industry that those who fail to comply with safety regulations would be punished according to the law, harshly. Putin made the comments during a televised meeting with officials on December 2 following the Listvyazhnaya coal mine explosion in Russia’s Kemerovo Region that killed 51 people on November 25....

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New Zealand police discover bodies 11 years after Pike River mine disaster 17 November 2021

On November 17, New Zealand police announced that at least two bodies had been found deep inside the Pike River Mine, 11 years after a series of methane explosions killed 29 men there. No bodies have ever been recovered. Using boreholes and specialist cameras, police said that images had been captured of two bodies, plus a possible third....

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