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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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  • Mine explosion kills six, injures two in Kazakhstan

    08 November 2021

    An explosion at a coal mine in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region killed six people on November 7. The incident happened at the Abai coal mine, operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau....

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  • COP26: 23 countries make new commitments to phasing out coal and ending support for new coal plants

    05 November 2021

    A series of new commitments to phasing out coal were made at COP26 on November 4 as part of the conference’s Energy Day. At least 23 nations made new commitments, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Poland, South Korea, Egypt, Spain, Nepal, Singapore, Chile and Ukraine. In a new ‘Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement’, countries also committed to scaling up clean power and ensuring a just transition away from coal....

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Coal mine explosion kills 12 in Colombia 31 August 2021

A coal mine explosion in the Boyacá region of Colombia killed 12 workers on August 24. Colombia’s National Mining Agency (ANM) said that 13 people were initially trapped by a blast at La Carbonera coal mine, however 12 lost their lives while one was seriously injured....

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Australian inquiry into 2020 mine explosion finds miners faced “unacceptable level of risk” 15 June 2021

An inquiry into the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia has found that production continued despite knowledge that the gas management systems were unable to cope with the rate of production. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report found that methane gas levels in the mine exceeded regulated levels 27 times in the lead up to the explosion which seriously injured five people....

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Australian miners left “fuming” as mining giant restarts coal mine following 2020 explosion 23 April 2021

Workers at mining giant Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia have been left “fuming” as a result of the company’s decision to restart operations following an explosion in May 2020 which seriously injured five people. According to Reuters news agency, a union official has said that Anglo American has not kept workers informed about the plans to restart the mine, a claim disputed by the company....

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Explosion rocks Chilean city after incident at explosives factory 19 April 2021

The city of Calama in the north of Chile was rocked by a large explosion on April 16. The incident happened at a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex, a manufacturer of explosives for the mining industry....

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Two separate coal mine incidents kill 13 people in Pakistan 16 March 2021

An explosion at a coal mine near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border killed six miners on March 11. This was followed by a second incident in the same region on March 15 where five miners and two rescuers died of suffocation following a methane gas fire....

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