mining http://www.kplu.org en Supreme Court upholds stricter mine permitting http://www.kplu.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-stricter-mine-permitting <p></p><p>HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that a mining company must go through a stricter permitting process before it can build a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:37:04 +0000 The Associated Press 6902 at http://www.kplu.org Tentative OK for prospecting near Mount St. Helens http://www.kplu.org/post/tentative-ok-prospecting-near-mount-st-helens <p>VANCOUVER, Wash. &mdash; The Bureau of Land Management says a Canadian company could prospect for copper, gold and silver near Mount St. Helens with no significant impact on the environment.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:53:08 +0000 The Associated Press 5452 at http://www.kplu.org Fines for fatal mining accident less than predicted http://www.kplu.org/post/fines-fatal-mining-accident-less-predicted The federal government is fining a north Idaho mining company $360,000 for unsafe practices that killed a miner last year. That’s about a third of the penalties that were expected.<p>Last year federal inspectors said the Hecla Mining Company engaged in “aggravated conduct” when it allowed miners to extract silver ore from a mass of unstable rock. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:01:08 +0000 Jessica Robinson 5191 at http://www.kplu.org Fines for fatal mining accident less than predicted Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution http://www.kplu.org/post/mutant-two-headed-trout-spur-scrutiny-mine-pollution <p>SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here&rsquo;s an image you usually don&rsquo;t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho.</p><p>The study examined the effects of a <a href="http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/selenium.cfm">contaminant called selenium</a>. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:41:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4861 at http://www.kplu.org Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution Idaho mining accident registers as 2.2 earthquake http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-mining-accident-registers-22-earthquake <p>The rockburst that injured seven miners in north Idaho last week registered as a <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/mb11430657.php#details">2.2 seismic event according to the U.S. Geological Survey</a>. That contradicts earlier reports about what could have caused the collapse. The mine remains closed while federal officials investigate the incident.</p><p>It&#39;s a matter of cause and effect. Did an earthquake trigger the rockburst at the Lucky Friday Mine ... or was the shaking caused by the collapse a mile underground?</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:19:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3503 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho mining accident registers as 2.2 earthquake Seven miners rescued at Lucky Friday http://www.kplu.org/post/seven-miners-rescued-lucky-friday <p>Crews have rescued seven miners after a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho. It&rsquo;s the third major accident there this year. The Lucky Friday&rsquo;s owner says the silver mine has been evacuated until further notice.</p><p>A rockburst occurred Wednesday evening nearly 6,000 feet underground near Mullan in Idaho&rsquo;s Silver Valley. Local law enforcement and the mine&rsquo;s rescue crew were called in. Twenty-five people were working in the vicinity at the time.</p><p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:19:08 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3462 at http://www.kplu.org 'Save Bristol Bay Road Show' to highlight risk to jobs in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/save-bristol-bay-road-show-highlight-risk-jobs-seattle <p>It&rsquo;s thousands of miles away, but supporters of a campaign to stop a controversial mine proposal in Alaska say it would harm more than just the pristine ecosystem where it&rsquo;s located.</p><p>They&rsquo;re launching a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.savebristolbay.org/roadshow">Save Bristol Bay Road Show</a>&rdquo; in Seattle tonight, claiming the city&rsquo;s fishing industry could lose thousands of jobs if the mine is built.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2906 at http://www.kplu.org 'Save Bristol Bay Road Show' to highlight risk to jobs in Seattle Enviros seek to block drilling near St. Helens http://www.kplu.org/post/enviros-seek-block-drilling-near-st-helens <p>Environmentalists are seeking to stop exploratory drilling on forest lands near Mount St. Helens, as a Canadian company prepares next month to drill more holes to probe for copper, gold and other minerals.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:29:16 +0000 The Associated Press 2070 at http://www.kplu.org