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Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know mining inside and out,” said Dennis, a 41-year-old shift foreman from Wetzel County, adjusting the black Adidas cap on his head. But now, “I just want more doors to be open.”

Source Feed: Mining Weekly | Coal
Categories: energy

Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations.

Source Feed: Mining Weekly | Coal
Categories: coal

Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in the MHSA states that all trackless mobile machinery (TMM) should be fitted with a PDS by June 2019.

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Categories: coal

Although mining companies are moving in the right direction with regard to women’s participation, women are still not participating extensively, meaning that effectively 50% of the population remains excluded, says International Finance Corporation (IFC) mining principal investment officer Robin Weisman. While an increasing number of studies show that more women in leadership roles in business have a positive effect on companies’ operations, companies worldwide are still struggling to promote...

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Categories: women in mining

Mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa are collaborating to assist in raising about $500-million in finance for mining projects worldwide and for Africa based ones in particularly. MX Mining is focused on raising capital and working with investors, and emerging and established mining firms to advance projects. However, MX Mining director Dr Mike Seeger tells Mining Weekly that he realised in 2016 that there was a need to...

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Categories: mining finance

Bad weather in Australia and improved demand in China were the factors driving the higher metallurgical (or coking) coal prices during the second quarter of this year (2Q17), in comparison to the first quarter (1Q17). So stated Brazilian mining group Vale in its report “Vale’s Performance in 2Q17”.

Source Feed: Mining Weekly | Coal
Categories: energy minerals

Indian State-owned consortium International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) is considering a plan to convert the coal it produces at its Benga operation in the Tete province of Mozambique into gas, to make it easier and cheaper to export fuel to India. This has been stated by Indian Steel Minister Chaudhury Birender Singh, speaking to “The Telegraph” newspaper of Kolkata (Calcutta).

Source Feed: Mining Weekly | Coal
Categories: energy minerals

Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has posted headline earnings of R2.79-billion for the six months ended June 30, compared with headline earnings of R1.10-billion in the first half of 2016. Revenue rose 10% year-on-year to R10.74-billion, while group net operating profit increased by 35% to R2.91-billion.

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Categories: coal

Coal mine workers from seven Glencore collieries in Australia returned to work on Thursday after a four-day work stoppage, with many voting to keep up pressure on the company over wages and job security. More than 1,400 workers met in the mining hub of Singleton, New South Wales, about 200 km north of Sydney, this week and voted to continue industrial action that began in June against the Swiss-based company, according to a statement from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

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Categories: coal

Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy for Energy’ initiative, which aims to grow production and avoid the piling up of stock as a result of infrastructure deficiencies at some of its largest operating wholly owned subsidiaries.

Source Feed: Mining Weekly | Coal
Categories: coal

There are several encouraging signs for the mining outlook in Australia. The post Mining in Australia is looking better appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: australia, coal, copper, iron ore

The move comes only five months after President Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing the previous Administration’s Clean Power Plan. The post EPA to scrap Obama-era rule limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, coal, fracking, gas, gold, hydraulic fracturing, shale gas, shale oil, suppliers news, usa

Value added brought by the mining sector grew by more than 21% in the first three months of the year — the largest increase since the fourth quarter of 2014. The post CHARTS: Mining once again one of biggest drivers of US economy appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, coal, copper, gold, oil, shale gas, usa

The problem with the industry is not a regulatory one, a reader writes.

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The two men accused of murdering Bennett Hartfield, the former president and CEO of Patriot Coal, are heading to trial in the next two months. The post Trials set for men charged in killing of former Patriot Coal CEO appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, coal, usa

La Escondida was the last project of its type in the Castilla and León region The post Coal mine shuts down in Spain due to lack of clients appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, coal, europe

The Anglo–Swiss multinational secured the first mining leases for its $7 billion Wandoan coal project in Queensland’s Surat Basin The post Glencore secures leases for Wandoan coal project, environmentalists react appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, australia, coal, europe, glencore

The accident happened in Kashmir The post Kashmir coal mine collapses killing five appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, asia, coal, pakistan

Chalkstone was born out of counter-insurgency tactics used by troops in Afghanistan, but its unique methodology is now being used by miners, which can map-out power structures and counter the potentially crippling risk of strikes and political opposition. The post Mining industry can now predict opposition to projects before it's too late appeared first on MINING.com.

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Donkin coal mine, in Cape Breton, has had at least 10 compliance orders and 29 warnings since it began producing in February, a report claims. The post Warnings for safety violations at newly opened coal mine in Canada pile up — report appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, canada, coal, nova scotia, suppliers news, usa

Former rival bidder Glencore will subscribe to $300 million worth of the rights offer. The post Yancoal seeks $2.5bn from investors to pay for Rio’s Aussie coal mines appeared first on MINING.com.

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Categories: mining news and commentary, asia, australia, china, coal, japan, mitsubishi, mitsubishi corporation, rio tinto, yancoal










The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld an earlier district court decision that Clean Air Act liabilities do not transfer to new owners when a facility is sold, while the Third Circuit has upheld an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to limit sulfur dioxide emissions from a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant on request of New Jersey, a downwind state....

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A divided three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected Oklahoma State's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementation of a regional haze rule to limit emissions from power plants in the state....

Source Feed: COAL POWER magazine :: Environmental

Beware the letter from the Environmental Protection Agency asking seemingly innocuous questions about your plant....

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AES Corp.’s subsidiary Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) plans to retire six coal-fired units representing about 390 MW at its 414-MW Hutchings coal-, gas-, and oil-fired plant in Miamisburg, Ohio, by June 2015 as a result of existing and expected environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The news comes on the heels of Indianapolis Power & Light Co.’s (IPL’s) announcement that it plans to retire 600 MW of coal-fired capacity to comply with environmental...

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In a report released on May 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents data on energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for each state by year, fuel, sector, and other breakouts for the years 2000 through 2010....

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates final regulations curbing greenhouse gas (GHG), mercury, and air toxics emissions from new sources could appear in the Federal Register by the end of April. Also forthcoming are final cooling water intake rules and proposed effluent guidelines. The coal ash rule, which has no target date for a final rule, may not be issued this year, the agency said....

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Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the U.S. declined to their lowest level since 1990, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in early March....

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