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Stories tagged: mining

Judge won’t stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company

A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its central Idaho …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Documents: Idaho mining company writing own environmental report

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became …

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Rescued miners recount weeks trapped in darkness

Rescued miners Emil Sayko and Peter Grant told chilling stories about their two-week ordeal deep in the Gold Hunter Mine near Mullan. One of the worst moments came when they …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Montana court removes potential wilderness mine obstacle for Spokane-based Mines Management

The Montana Supreme Court has removed a big obstacle for a mining company seeking to explore a silver and copper deposit potentially worth billions of dollars under the Cabinet Mountain …

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Miners rescued after being trapped for 2 weeks

Miners Peter Grant and Emil Sayko emerged into the light of day after being entombed 2,600 feet deep in the Gold Hunter mine near Mullan, Idaho, for 14 days.

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Trapped miners alive, well – but still trapped

Excellent news arrived from the Gold Hunter Mine near Mullan, Idaho. Two miners, trapped for a week, were alive and well, although not yet out of the mine.

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Rescue prospects for trapped miners turn grim

Successful rescue of a pair of trapped miners at the Hunter Mine seemed less likely after signals from the men ceased after a cave-in.

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Rescuers try to save miners caught in cave-in

A dramatic rescue attempt was underway at the Hunter Mine in Mullan, Idaho, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. Miners P.P. Grant and Emil Slayko were caught in a cave-in 1,500 …

Ambush on mining company convoy kills 37 in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late …

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work

The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.

100 years ago in Spokane: Stray dogs sought to chase rabbits; strike closes mines

The farmers of Wheeler, Wash., near Moses Lake, were willing to take stray dogs off the hands of the Spokane Humane Society and give the dogs permanent jobs as rabbit …

Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to …

UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

A U.S. appeals court panel has sided with the Trump administration, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that mining companies take financial responsibility for future pollution …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

Shareholders file class action lawsuit against Hecla Mining Co.

Shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Hecla Mining Co. alleging the it provided misleading information about its Nevada mine operations.

Members of Congress oppose mining Skagit River headwaters

Nine of the state’s federal legislators have joined the swell of opposition against an exploratory mining proposal for the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia.

100 Years Ago in Spokane: Miners get more pay

Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in …

UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019

Judge revokes water permit for mine under Montana wilderness

A state judge has revoked the water permit for a silver and copper mine proposed by Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area.

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Dennis Wheeler, former Coeur d’Alene Mines chairman, dies at 76

Dennis E. Wheeler, former chairman of Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp., died Tuesday at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he had been receiving treatment for leukemia. He was 76.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Company defaults on lease for Bunker Hill Mine, future of restarting mine in doubt

The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.

Zinke signs mining ban near Yellowstone park

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

Bunker Hill Mining behind on payments to owners of historic Silver Valley property

Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Hecla Mining reports net income of $12.1 million in 2Q

Hecla Mining Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $12.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

Dead Russian reporters researched mercenaries, mining in CAR

Three Russian journalists were investigating Russian military contractors and mining industries in Central African Republic when they were killed there, their editor said Wednesday.

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to …

UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018

Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to …

Bitcoin mining company begins operations in Butte

A company created to mine for the digital currency bitcoin has begun operation at facility in western Montana.