February impact inspections uncover 207 violations: MSHA

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) completed impact inspections at 13 mines in nine states in February, identifying 207 violations with 58 being classified as significant and substantial and two as unwarrantable failures. The agency completed the impact inspections at mines in Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. “February’s impact inspections uncovered hazardous…

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Arch Leer first to achieve Towards Sustainable Mining verification

Arch Resources’ Leer coal mine in West Virginia has achieved Level A verification for all protocols comprising the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. Leer is the first mine of any type to achieve and verify this performance level through TSM’s new subscription program, which allows any mine anywhere in the world to implement this globally recognized sustainability initiative for the…

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MSHA impact inspections target 16 mines, yield 279 violations in May

MSHA completed impact inspections at 16 mines in May, issuing 279 violations and one safeguard.  MSHA conducts impact inspections at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to poor compliance history; previous accidents, injuries and illnesses; and other compliance concerns.  Among the violations, MSHA cited 83 significant and substantial violations. MSHA conducted inspections at mines in Colorado, Indiana,…

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Mining PA conference just weeks away

Mine and plant operators, suppliers, government, professional group members and other industry advocates are all set to convene in just weeks at Mining PA, being hosted at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center from August 14-16. The event will begin with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. on August 14, and the opening session on health and safety will…

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North Antelope Rochelle partially operational after tornado

A total of six workers were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries and asset damage is still being assessed at America’s largest producing coal mine, the North Antelope Rochelle (NARM) complex in Wyoming, after a tornado struck the property on June 23. A spokesperson for the mine’s owner, Peabody Energy, told Miners News and North American Mining magazine on Monday morning, June…

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Reaching for the sky: DRONES IN MINING

Drones are becoming an increasingly common sight above mines around the world. North American Mining interviewed Jonathan Baucom of Vistra Corp., who has extensive experience planning and implementing mining drone operations. We also profile a number of drone solutions suppliers.  by Jonathan Rowland  Jonathan Baucom is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. mining industry. After studying mining and minerals engineering…

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Teck selling Quintette operation

Just days before Christmas, Teck Resources reportedly inked a deal with Conuma Resources to sell its closed Quintette coal mine in northeastern British Columbia, Canada for C$120 million. According to Canadian Press, the cash transaction also includes an ongoing 25% net profit interest royalty that will be payable once the buyer’s investment in the mine has been recovered. Conuma, a…

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Canada blocks Sukunka project

Glencore’s plan to develop the Sukunka steelmaking coal project in Western Canada has hit a major hurdle: the government’s rejection. “After careful deliberation, the Government of Canada has determined the significant adverse environmental effects of the proposed Sukunka coal mine project, an open-pit metallurgical coal mine located near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, could not be mitigated,” the government said. Similarly,…

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Donkin mine reopening after two-year idle

The Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration has confirmed its inspectors are on-site at the Donkin coal operation in Cape Breton as the mine resumes operations after two years on pause. The agency said its inspectors completed a thorough review of operational safety at the Kameron Coal-owned property, and it will continue to perform regular inspections, planned and…

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