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Mining done right seen as possible counterbalance against tourism boom By Bruce Finley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ALMA>> Colorado mountain residents got so frustrated by the gold and gravel mining churning through wetlands along headwaters of the South Platte River they took oversight into thei...
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  By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Gaze for a moment at your smartphone. The circuitry contains a hard-toget metal called tantalum. The jingling speaker requires neodymium. For that jangly-lit screen, you need yttrium. The battery is made with lithium. How to obtain enough of these so-called...
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 An underground coal fire is one of the potential causes investigators are looking into By John Aguilar The Denver Post “It is impossible to extinguish this fire smoke and other gases from the fire emptying themselves through chimneys reaching to the surface in many places, make it look like...
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    By John Bartlett © The New York Times Co. SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE » Plans to expand lithium mining in Chile, the world’s second-largest producer, hit political roadblocks this week, raising new questions about supplies of a metal that is in high demand as the world transitions...
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By Jack Healy and Mike Baker © The New York Times Co. YELLOW PINE, IDAHO » Net in hand, Louis Reuben waded into the frigid waters where his ancestors once fished, long before Idaho’s rivers were dammed and contaminated, before the Nez Perce were driven off their land when white miners struck gold....
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By Louisa Willcox Writers on the Range This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most spectacular conservation victories in recent history: the defeat of a massive gold mine planned for the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park. Called the New World mine, it was proposed by the Canadian ...
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    By Dionne Searcey, Michael Forsythe and Eric Lipton © The New York Times Co. KISANFU, CONGO » Just up a red dirt road, across an expanse of tall, dew-soaked weeds, bulldozers are hollowing out a yawning new canyon that is central to the world’s urgent race against global warming. F...
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By Jack Ewing © The New York Times Co. NARSAQ, GREENLAND » This huge, remote and barely habited island is known for frozen landscapes, remote fjords and glaciers that heave giant sheets of ice into the sea. But increasingly Greenland is known for something else: rare minerals. It’s all becaus...
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  By Michael Hill The Associated Press An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed env...
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      By Lisa Friedman © The New York Times Co. WASHINGTON » The Biden administration Thursday took the first steps that would allow it to begin the process of protecting Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay, one of the world’s most valuable sockeye salmon fisheries that also sits atop ...
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      By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse. The Interior...
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Alaska’s controversial Pebble Mine fails to win a critical permit, likely killing it By Henry Fountain © The New York Times Co. The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, likely dealing a death blow to a long-disputed project that aime...
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Shared from the 10/2/2020 The Denver Post eEdition COAL INDUSTRY   Ex-CEO seeks lung benefit By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.VA.» Former coal CEO Robert E. Murray, who has fought federal regulations on the industry, has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for b...
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  Shared from the 10/2/2020 The Denver Post eEdition NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED By Matthew Brown and Steve KarnowskiThe Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT.» The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track mining projects and could offer grants and loans to help companies pay for equipment, a...
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Shared from the 9/3/2020 The Denver Post eEditionBy Matthew BrownThe Associated Press SCALING BACK ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW BILLINGS, MONT.» The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, inclu...
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Shared from the 8/9/2020 The Denver Post eEditionBy Theresa Davis
The Albuquerque Journal SHIPROCK, N.M  On Aug. 5, 2015, Environmental Protection Agency contractors breached a mine tunnel at the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, sending 3 million gallons of acid mine drainage into the...
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The Associated Press, from The Denver Post eEdition, July 9, 2020   DURANGO»The Environmental Protection Agency plans to temporarily seal a bulkhead at one of the most polluted mines in a Colorado region as part of a study of the region’s water. The EPA plans to close a bulkhead valve at the ...
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Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld as supreme court declines to hear challenge Court says extraction ban is among cases it refuses to review, in victory for environmental groups and Native American communities Joanna Walters in New York  @Joannawalters13 Three generations of Havasupai m...
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A uranium company headquartered in Colorado "lobbied extensively" for President Donald Trump to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument, according to an investigation by the New York Times. The implications of the story written by Hiroko Tabuchi were staggering: an area of long-he...
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WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-scale mining operation could irreparably harm Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. His decision, which falls short of blocking a proposed gold...
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