Virginia makes industry appointments

Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin recently made several appointments to his key board, including eight in coal mining. The first is for the Virginia Coal Mine Safety Board; the five selected are Christopher Lester, retired electrician, Murray Energy; Harless Mullins, retired plant operator, Alpha Natural Resources; Michael Gary Prater, United Coal; Victoria Ratliff, University of Virginia; and Joshua West, United Mine…

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Ramaco to start REE mining at Wyoming site

Ramaco Resources said its Board of Directors has approved the commencement of initial mine development in the fourth quarter at its Brook mine in Sheridan, Wyo. – the first new rare earth elements (REE) mine in the United States since 1952. The operation will target mining unconventional REE deposits found in coal and adjacent clays and carbonaceous material. Ramaco said…

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Letting the sunshine in

As this magazine is being completed, spring in the northern hemisphere is just days old. Spring always signals rebirth, another start and ongoing growth – and we’ve got that in spades both here at North American Mining and in the industry. First, as this edition is being examined by our growing number of readers, NAM is celebrating its first birthday.…

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Wyoming DEQ bestows reclamation award to Antelope Coal

In July, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality awarded its 2021 Excellence in Mining Reclamation award to Antelope Coal for its reclamation work to reconstruct Spring Creek, which neighbors the mine site near Douglas. The Antelope team, the agency said, reconstructed over 18,000 linear feet of Spring Creek, a tributary of Antelope Creek, to reconnect the two creeks. The work…

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Canada to sink plans for new thermal coal mining: report

According to a Reuters report from June 11, Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson has said that the country will not approve any new thermal coal mining projects or plans for expansions to existing operations, citing environmental damage. Wilkinson reportedly said that thermal coal was the single largest climate change contributor. “The government considers that these…

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