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Company wants to extract gold, silver from waste; locals skeptical, alarmed  By Elise Schmelzer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LEADVILLE>> Millions of tons of waste from decades-old mining operations sit in the hills east of town. The brown and orange piles of abandoned ore rise 30 feet, peeki...
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  But now mines threaten SA Native water, culture and wealth Tourists gather in the Salinas Grandes salt flats in Jujuy, Argentina. The salt flat brings income to towns through tourism and small-scale salt harvesting. PHOTOS BY RODRIGO ABD — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Image 1 of 3 ...
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             One of longest-running Superfund sites in Colorado still has no radioactive waste cleanup plan   By Elise Schmelzer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CAÑON CITY>> Jeri Fry was 6 years old when she toured the uranium mill outside town where he...
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Proposal would change 151-year-old law related to hardrock minerals By Matthew Daly The Associated Press WASHINGTON>> The Biden administration is recommending changes to a 151-year-old law that governs mining for copper, gold and other hardrock minerals on U.S.-owned lands, including making...
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By Jim Robbins The New York Times PABLO, Mont.>> In the mountain streams of southern British Columbia and northern Montana, a rugged part of the world, fish with misshapen skulls and twisted spines have been caught over the years. Many scientists attribute the malformed creatures and declin...
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White House says it’s key to renewable energy economy; others call it “green colonialism” By Matthew Daly The Associated Press OROVADA, nev.>> Just 45 miles from the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation where Daranda Hinkey and her family corral horses and cows, a centerpiece of President Joe ...
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By Natasha Frost The New York Times Deep in rural Western Australia, Pilbara Minerals’ vast processing plant looms above the red dirt, quivering as tons of a lithium ore slurry move through its pipes. The plant turns the ore from a nearby quarry into spodumene, a greenish crystalline powder that ...
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By Ana Swanson The New York Times WASHINGTON>> For decades, a group of the world’s biggest oil producers has held huge sway over the American economy and the popularity of U.S. presidents through its control of the global oil supply, with decisions by OPEC determining what U.S. consumers pay...
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“It’s a drop in the bucket,” Peter Butler, chair of the Bonita Peak Mining District Community Advisory Group, said of the settlement  CONRAD SWANSON | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: May 11, 2023 at 12:11 p.m. | UPDATED: May 11, 2023 at 3:20 p.m. The federal government w...
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Mining done right seen as possible counterbalance against tourism boom By Bruce Finley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ALMA>> Colorado mountain residents got so frustrated by the gold and gravel mining churning through wetlands along headwaters of the South Platte River they took oversight into thei...
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  By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Gaze for a moment at your smartphone. The circuitry contains a hard-toget metal called tantalum. The jingling speaker requires neodymium. For that jangly-lit screen, you need yttrium. The battery is made with lithium. How to obtain enough of these so-called...
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 An underground coal fire is one of the potential causes investigators are looking into By John Aguilar The Denver Post “It is impossible to extinguish this fire smoke and other gases from the fire emptying themselves through chimneys reaching to the surface in many places, make it look like...
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    By John Bartlett © The New York Times Co. SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE » Plans to expand lithium mining in Chile, the world’s second-largest producer, hit political roadblocks this week, raising new questions about supplies of a metal that is in high demand as the world transitions...
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By Jack Healy and Mike Baker © The New York Times Co. YELLOW PINE, IDAHO » Net in hand, Louis Reuben waded into the frigid waters where his ancestors once fished, long before Idaho’s rivers were dammed and contaminated, before the Nez Perce were driven off their land when white miners struck gold....
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By Louisa Willcox Writers on the Range This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most spectacular conservation victories in recent history: the defeat of a massive gold mine planned for the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park. Called the New World mine, it was proposed by the Canadian ...
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    By Dionne Searcey, Michael Forsythe and Eric Lipton © The New York Times Co. KISANFU, CONGO » Just up a red dirt road, across an expanse of tall, dew-soaked weeds, bulldozers are hollowing out a yawning new canyon that is central to the world’s urgent race against global warming. F...
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By Jack Ewing © The New York Times Co. NARSAQ, GREENLAND » This huge, remote and barely habited island is known for frozen landscapes, remote fjords and glaciers that heave giant sheets of ice into the sea. But increasingly Greenland is known for something else: rare minerals. It’s all becaus...
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  By Michael Hill The Associated Press An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed env...
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      By Lisa Friedman © The New York Times Co. WASHINGTON » The Biden administration Thursday took the first steps that would allow it to begin the process of protecting Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay, one of the world’s most valuable sockeye salmon fisheries that also sits atop ...
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      By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse. The Interior...
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