Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Mine Safety Agency 'Could Have Prevented' Deadly Disaster

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:40 pm

An independent review of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) enforcement at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) coal mine in West Virginia says the agency failed to spot "a number of enforcement deficiencies" at the mine which were major factors in the April 2010 explosion that took 29 lives.

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Thu March 22, 2012

Colorado Mining Companies Say Markets Unpredictable

The Climax mine near Leadville plans to reopen this year.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Mining company executives and industry leaders from around the West are in Denver for their annual meeting this week. Like many industries, mining has struggled during Colorado’s sluggish economic recovery; though some sectors are doing better than others due to volatile global energy prices.

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Wed March 21, 2012

Colorado Company Vows to Push Ahead with Uranium Mill

The CEO of a Lakewood-based company that’s planning to build a uranium mill in southwest Colorado says he’s confident the facility will be built soon despite a lawsuit and the federal government’s recent reversal of a state-issued permit.

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Mon March 19, 2012

Conference to Highlight Growth in Colorado's Mining Industry

The Colorado Mining Association kicks off a three-day conference in Denver Monday. The 114th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition is expected to highlight the industry’s role in the state’s economy.

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Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Mining Company Pleads Guilty In 2007 Utah Mine Disaster Case

Coal mining company Genwal Resources has pleaded guilty to corporate criminal charges stemming from the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine collapse in Utah that left nine miners and rescuers dead.

Federal prosecutors say a plea agreement includes a provision that no criminal charges will be filed against any individuals in the case.

Federal and congressional investigators blamed the an initial mine collapse on "retreat mining," in which pillars of coal holding up the roof of the mine are dug out, causing collapse of the mine behind them.

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