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Mining the Earth: 23 Sep 2014

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*KY.   Back lung disease among coal miners at levels seen 40 years ago is “back with a vengeance”.  This time around, its worst cases occur not just among underground miners, but surface-miners as well.  All the “easy-pickins” of past mining are gone; consequently, miners today have to “cut through more rock to extract coal from smaller seams, releasing more dust . . . including [very dangerous] silica”.  The industry is reportedly objecting to increased dust-control rules.

*KY.  Two senators aware of the resurgence of black lung  are working to ensure “fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.”  Despite the devastating consequences of black lung disease among miners Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Bob Casey (D-PA) don’t expect any rush to enact their bill, and intend to re-introduce it next year.

*VA.  Members of the Alliance for Appalachia showed up at the White House to demand an end to mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.  They met with administration officials last week concerning water pollution resulting from mountaintop removal mining and rallied for clean water outside the White House.  They’re focusing on a 2009 MOU President Obama signed which included steps to be taken to increase environmental oversight in the permitting process.  The Alliance for Appalachia is advocating stronger steps and action.

*Canada.  “A Quebec judge has rejected the Iron Ore Companyof Canada’s efforts to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities which claim the miner has violated their rights for nearly 60 years and are seeking $900 million in compensation.  Those would be the Innu First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lack John.  Rio Tinto is the mine operator.  The lawsuit is now proceeding.

*Canada.  Imperial Metals has now built an upstream dike at the Mount Polley Mine, scene of the August 4th disaster when a tailings dam was breached and 2.8 billion gallons of toxic waste water  was released.  With the dike completed, investigators can enter the site and begin their work.

*Canada.  Environment Minister Mark Polak denies that cut-backs on inspections and reports resulted in the Mount Polley Mine breach.

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Mining the Earth: 23 Sep 2014

Why East Kentucky Kids Use Orange Crayons to Draw Streams

Mining the Earth

*KY.   Back lung disease among coal miners at levels seen 40 years ago is “back with a vengeance”.  This time around, its worst cases occur not just among underground miners, but surface-miners as well.  All the “easy-pickins” of past mining are gone; consequently, miners today have to “cut through more rock to extract coal from smaller seams, releasing more dust . . . including [very dangerous] silica”.  The industry is reportedly objecting to increased dust-control rules.

*KY.  Two senators aware of the resurgence of black lung  are working to ensure “fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.”  Despite the devastating consequences of black lung disease among miners Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Bob Casey (D-PA) don’t expect any rush to enact their bill, and intend to re-introduce it next year.

*VA.  Members of the Alliance for Appalachia showed up at the White House to demand an end to mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.  They met with administration officials last week concerning water pollution resulting from mountaintop removal mining and rallied for clean water outside the White House.  They’re focusing on a 2009 MOU President Obama signed which included steps to be taken to increase environmental oversight in the permitting process.  The Alliance for Appalachia is advocating stronger steps and action.

*Canada.  “A Quebec judge has rejected the Iron Ore Companyof Canada’s efforts to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by two Innu communities which claim the miner has violated their rights for nearly 60 years and are seeking $900 million in compensation.  Those would be the Innu First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lack John.  Rio Tinto is the mine operator.  The lawsuit is now proceeding.

*Canada.  Imperial Metals has now built an upstream dike at the Mount Polley Mine, scene of the August 4th disaster when a tailings dam was breached and 2.8 billion gallons of toxic waste water  was released.  With the dike completed, investigators can enter the site and begin their work.

*Canada.  Environment Minister Mark Polak denies that cut-backs on inspections and reports resulted in the Mount Polley Mine breach. (more…)

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