Feb 13, 2015

Uranium-rich Australia puts its nuclear taboo under review

While Australia is home to the world’s largest uranium reserves, it has never had a nuclear power plant. Now, amid growing concerns over climate change, the government is weighing whether to reverse its long-held ban. The state of South Australia, where BHP Billiton Ltd. ...

Nov 27, 2014

China hit by second deadly mine blast in two days

At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Nov 6, 2014

New Zealand mine owner won't retrieve 29 killed

The owners of a New Zealand coal mine where the bodies of 29 workers remain entombed after a methane-fueled explosion four years ago said Thursday they won’t go back into the mine because it remains too dangerous. The announcement by state-owned company Solid Energy ...

Oct 23, 2014

Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California

One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at more than 6 pounds (2.8 kilograms), the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The San ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

May 19, 2014

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey’s worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday. The three were also accused of causing the death of more than one person, a charge that doesn’t imply intent, ...

Miner blames company for disaster

May 18, 2014

Miner blames company for disaster

Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster: company negligence. And he knows one other thing — he is never going back down any mine again. Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday ...

Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

May 15, 2014

Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

Anger erupted across Turkey on Wednesday as hopes faded for scores of workers trapped in a collapsed mine and the death toll rose to 274, in what has become the country’s worst mining disaster. Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Ankara and Istanbul, ...