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New Zealand Mine Chief Faces Charges in Deadly Explosions

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand officials say the head of a mine in which 29 men died in a gas explosion last year has been charged with failing to ensure his workers were safe. The New Zealand Department of Labor charged Pike River Coal executive Peter Whittall on Thursday with 12 criminal counts, including failing to take all […]

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Gas Leak Kills 20 in China Mine Accident

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescue efforts are underway to search for 23 miners trapped by a gas leak that killed 20 others at an illegally operated coal mine in southwest China. China’s Xinhua news agency reported Thursday that ventilation machines were pumping methane gas out of a shaft, while hundreds of rescuers took turns descending into the mine to […]

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Papua Miners Threaten to Extend Labor Strike

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of workers at a massive U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia are threatening to extend a crippling labor strike into December, if negotiators fail to reach a deal this week on worker pay. Workers at the Freeport-McMoRan mine in eastern Papua province have been on strike over pay since mid-September, slashing production […]

Papua Miners Threaten to Extend Labor Strike

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of workers at a massive U.S.-owned gold and cooper mine in eastern Indonesia are threatening to extend a crippling labor strike into December, if negotiators fail to reach a deal this week on worker pay. Workers at the Freeport-McMoRan mine in eastern Papua province have been on strike over pay since mid-September, slashing production […]

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45 Chinese Miners Rescued from Cave-In

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s latest coal mine disaster ended Saturday, after the remaining 45 survivors were pulled from underground 36 hours after an explosion. The ordeal in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia began Thursday when a rock burst caused a cave-in. The explosion killed eight miners and trapped the 45 who were rescued. At […]

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50 Missing After China Mine Accident

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials said Friday that four people have been confirmed dead and 50 are missing after a failure of rock inside a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province. Officials say the accident happened Thursday evening in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia. A total of 75 miners were at work at […]

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4 Dead 57 Missing in China Mine Explosion

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials said Friday that four people have been confirmed dead and at least 57 are missing after a rock burst in a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province. Officials say the accident happened Thursday evening in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia. A total of 75 miners were working in […]

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28 Killed in China Mine Blast

Posted October 29th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say a gas explosion at a coal mine has killed 28 people in central China. The official Xinhua news agency said Sunday one miner remains trapped following the blast Saturday in Hengyang city in Hunan province. Authorities say six miners have survived the explosion. China’s mines, many of which operate illegally, are […]

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Three Killed in Latest Attacks at Indonesian Copper Mine

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Unidentified gunmen killed three people on Friday near an Indonesian copper mine, the latest in a series of violent outbreaks to hit the strike-ridden facility. Company officials and eyewitnesses say the gunmen opened fire on an access road to the Grasberg mine in eastern Papua province, killing a contract mine worker and two others. The […]

Three Killed in Latest Attacks at Indonesian Copper Mine

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Unidentified gunmen killed three people on Friday near an Indonesian copper mine, the latest in a series of violent outbreaks to hit the strike-ridden facility. Company officials and eyewitnesses say the gunmen opened fire on an access road to the Grasberg mine in eastern Papua province, killing a contract mine worker and two others. The […]

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