mining

Environment
7:37 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Supreme Court upholds stricter mine permitting

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.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Tentative OK for prospecting near Mount St. Helens

VANCOUVER, Wash. — 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.

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News
5:01 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Fines for fatal mining accident less than predicted

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 4:38 pm

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.

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. It happened about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho.

The practices led to a tunnel collapse that killed 53-year-old Larry Marek, according to a investigation.

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Environment
10:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution

A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom).
J.R. Simplot Idaho DEQ

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here’s an image you usually don’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.

The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. 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.

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Idaho mining accident registers as 2.2 earthquake

Federal mine safety officials have shut down the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho while they investigate an accident that injured seven miners
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The rockburst that injured seven miners in north Idaho last week registered as a 2.2 seismic event according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That contradicts earlier reports about what could have caused the collapse. The mine remains closed while federal officials investigate the incident.

It'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?

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Seven miners rescued at Lucky Friday

Crews have rescued seven miners after a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho. It’s the third major accident there this year. The Lucky Friday’s owner says the silver mine has been evacuated until further notice.

A rockburst occurred Wednesday evening nearly 6,000 feet underground near Mullan in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Local law enforcement and the mine’s rescue crew were called in. Twenty-five people were working in the vicinity at the time.

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Fish versus Gold
4:30 am
Mon October 17, 2011

'Save Bristol Bay Road Show' to highlight risk to jobs in Seattle

Site of the proposed Pebble Mine.
National Park Conservation Assn.

It’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’s located.

They’re launching a “Save Bristol Bay Road Show” in Seattle tonight, claiming the city’s fishing industry could lose thousands of jobs if the mine is built. 

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Environment
2:29 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Enviros seek to block drilling near St. Helens

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.

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