Alliance expanding in western Kentucky

Alliance Coal’s River View complex in western Kentucky is about to gain ground – 56 acres to be exact – with an expansion project that will bring an underground mine, including a new portal and man shaft. The miner has earmarked $35 million for the new underground facility in southern Henderson County, part of the existing Union County complex; River…

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Monarch’s Beaufor transitioning to C&M

Citing financial and operational challenges – and just weeks after announcing it would slow down operations at the mine due to technical, mechanical and procurement issues – Monarch Mining has confirmed it is suspending mining at the Quebec gold mine and is placing it on care and maintenance. Monarch officials said the halt will be for an “undetermined period” and…

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Krebs appointed NMA board chairman

The National Mining Association (NMA) has elected Coeur Mining’s Mitchell Krebs as the chairman of its board of directors. Krebs, who is Coeur’s president and CEO, was appointed this month after already serving on the board in a number of leadership positions including the executive committee, finance committee chair and the founding chair of NMA’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)…

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MSHA Reports Seventh Machinery Death of 2022

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reported that on August 4, a mine manager at Wooten Sand & Gravel Inc., Miller County, Ark. died while performing maintenance on a bulldozer.   While kneeling on the bulldozer’s track, the victim accidentally engaged the lever that put the bulldozer in reverse. The bulldozer track moved the victim to the rear…

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Rio Tinto invests $55M to add underground mining at Kennecott

Rio Tinto has announced a major growth plan for its Kennecott copper complex outside of Salt Lake City, Utah – an expansion to mining that will also take its efforts underground, which it said holds “potential for significant and attractive underground development.” The miner has earmarked US$55 million for the landmark transition project on the century-old mine and said it…

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MSHA reports 21st fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on September 9, a dredge operator at Barry Industrial Sand Inc., Orange County, Texas, drowned while working in a dredge pond.  This is the 21st fatality reported in 2022, and the second classified as “Drowning.” MSHA recommends the following best practices to avoid this type of accident: Make sure a competent…

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Wyoming rare earth demo project advances

Strategic materials company Rare Element Resources said its planned rare earth processing and separation demonstration project in Upton, Wyo., has hit a new milestone – 60% plant design completion. The project, led by General Atomics, is now advancing toward final detailed engineering due for completion later this year. The team recently completed a key design milestone with the Department of…

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No injuries in Lila Canyon mine fire

An underground fire is reportedly still ongoing at the Lila Canyon coal operation in Emery County, Utah, after more than a week, but regulatory officials have said no injuries have been reported. According to local news outlets The Salt Lake Tribune, KSL-TV and ETV News, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining said the fire began last Tuesday, September…

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Teck’s Elkview idle due to plant outage

Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said its Elkview met coal operation in British Columbia’s Elk Valley will be closed for one to two months for repairs at its plant. Officials have confirmed a structural failure of the plant feed conveyor belt. In the meantime, it will reschedule its planned plant maintenance at the operation to take advantage of the downtime,…

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