South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

Feb 19, 2014

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

South Africa’s elite police unit vowed to hunt down illegal mining kingpins Tuesday, as two bodies were discovered near an abandoned gold mine where dozens of people had been trapped. Shadrack Sibiya of the police’s Hawks unit said illegal mining “cannot be allowed to ...

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Feb 17, 2014

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Eleven men who became trapped in an illegal gold mine in South Africa were rescued on Sunday, but an unknown number remained underground fearing arrest. The men, who were all uninjured, were immediately handed over to police. Rescue officials said many others were now ...

'Avatar' tribe wins as India spikes mining plan

Jan 12, 2014

'Avatar' tribe wins as India spikes mining plan

An Indian tribe dubbed the “real-life Avatar” after the Hollywood blockbuster have won their decade-long fight to stop British resources giant Vedanta from mining bauxite in hills they regard as sacred, authorities said Saturday. The Environment Ministry rejected Vedanta’s plans for a multibillion-dollar bauxite ...

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's reindeer-herding Samis

Dec 26, 2013

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's reindeer-herding Samis

As winter approaches, the Samis of northern Sweden move thousands of reindeer down from the snow-covered mountains for lowland grazing. They have done so for centuries, but they wonder how much longer they can continue. The mining industry is one of several modern threats ...

Nov 9, 2013

Memorial marks 1963 mine disaster

A memorial ceremony was held Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the country’s worst mine accident in the postwar era. An explosion at the Mitsui Miike coal mine in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, which used to be one of the country’s largest, killed 458 ...

Jan 9, 2013

Pakistan declares mining lease void

Pakistan’s top court Monday declared invalid a lease for one of the world’s richest deposits of gold and copper held by a Canadian-Chilean consortium that includes Vancouver-based giant Barrick Gold. Barrick, the world’s largest gold producer, and Chile’s Antofagasta Minerals, each own a 37.5 ...