Fire breaks out at OMNIS coal waste refinery

A fire raged through the OMNIS Bailey coal waste refinery in West Finley Township, Pa., on May 20, reported local media. No injuries were sustained, but the fire did cause a partial collapse of the plant. As of now, the origins of the fire are unknown. The refinery is located on Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania Mine Complex near its Bailey coal…

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MSHA Reports Fifth Fatality of 2024

MSHA reported that on May 8, a miner at U.S. Aggregates’ Flat Rock Plant, Shelby County, Ind., was electrocuted while unloading a roll of belt from a trailer. The miner was performing rigging duties when the crane boom contacted an overhead high-voltage powerline. This is the fifth fatality reported in 2024, and the first classified as “Electrical.” MSHA recommends the following best…

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Greenstone pours first gold

Sandstorm Gold has confirmed the first gold pour by Equinox Gold at the Greenstone mine near Geraldton, Ontario, Canada. Executive Nolan Watson said the inaugural gold pour was achieved on schedule, producing 1,800 ounces of gold from the full recovery circuit. Equinox announced last month that ore had been introduced into the grinding circuit, and more than 1.5 million tonnes…

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New BLM rule ‘damages American energy security’: NMA

The National Mining Association (NMA) issued the following statement from Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO, on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to ban new coal leasing in the Powder River Basin, which is located in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana.. “At a time of deteriorating grid reliability, soaring electricity demand and ongoing concern about global energy shocks,…

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Epiroc opens surface mining center in Arizona

Epiroc has opened the doors to its new Surface Mining Competency Center in Tucson, Ariz., which the OEM is calling a significant strategic advancement. The new Epiroc USA facility features a 28,000-square-foot rebuild center and is set to support regional surface customers via aftermarket support, training and specialized technical assistance as well. Services offered include a range stemming from machinery…

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Ivanhoe Electric to support NAMES initiative

Ivanhoe Electric has announced a multi-year commitment for a $150,000 contribution to the Native American Mining and Energy Sovereignty (NAMES) initiative, part of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. “We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute to support the NAMES Initiative and its vital mission of empowering…

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MSHA chief calls on mining industry to remain vigilant 

MSHA Assistant Secretary Chris Williamson has penned the following open letter to the mining community. Dear Members of the Mining Community:Last year, as the mining industry experienced a troubling increase in fatal accidents, I asked the mining community to join the Mine Safety and Health Administration in identifying and eliminating safety and health hazards that can cost miners their lives.…

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Rio Tinto awards $875,000 for critical minerals research

A Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) professor has been awarded $875,000 from Rio Tinto for a two-year project to examine new techniques to recover critical minerals in the waste byproducts from copper extraction and refining. “Our project will test new chemical dissolution strategies and purification techniques to produce pure gallium and germanium compounds from these waste materials,”…

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Rio Tinto to keep Resolution’s copper in U.S.

A Rio Tinto senior executive said that the miner aims to keep all of the copper from its Resolution mine inside the United States should the long-delayed and controversial project win regulatory approval, reported Reuters. “Certainly if Resolution comes on stream, all of that copper we would like it to be sold in the U.S.,” said Bold Baatar, head of…

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