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Protest Opposes Destroying Village to Expand Coal Mine

Last farmer has lost case in German courts against eviction

(Newser) - Thousands of people on Saturday protested plans to bulldoze a village in western Germany to expand a coal mine that environmental activists say should be shut down, not enlarged. The German news agency dpa quoted police as saying that the demonstration in Luetzerath, 25 miles west of Cologne, was peaceful....

52 Miners and Rescuers Die After Methane Gas Explosion

Siberian officials say there's no chance of finding more survivors

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated throughout with new information about casualties and details of the explosion. A devastating blast in a Siberian coal mine Thursday left 52 miners and rescuers dead about 820 feet underground, Russian officials said. Hours after a methane gas explosion and fire filled the mine...

16 Die Trapped in Coal Mine
16 Die Trapped in Coal Mine

16 Die Trapped in Coal Mine

Excessively high levels of carbon monoxide to blame in China incident

(Newser) - Sixteen people died Sunday in a coal mine in southwestern China because of excessively high levels of carbon monoxide, authorities and state media said. A total of 17 people were trapped in the mine, the Chongqing municipal government said on its social media account, per the AP . One person was...

They Need Pumps to Get to 15 Trapped Men. No One Is Offering

High-powered gear is needed to rescue miners in India's Meghalaya state; things now look dire

(Newser) - Rescuers are now citing "the Almighty" as one of their last hopes for getting 15 coal miners out of a "rat-hole" mine in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Per ABC News , things look dire for the trapped men, who didn't emerge from the mine on Dec. 13,...

Cops: Trapped Man Entered Mine to Steal, Have Sex

Eddie Williams Jr. is first to face charges after Dec. 12 rescue

(Newser) - An arrest warrant has been issued for one of four people who became trapped in an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia after he allegedly admitted the plan was to look for copper and have sex. Eddie Williams Jr. admitted entering Clear Creek's Rock House Powellton mine with Cody...

'It Was Terrible': 3 Rescued From Abandoned Mine

Group had been missing for more than 100 hours

(Newser) - Relief in West Virginia: Three people who had been missing in a coal mine since Saturday have been found alive and brought to the surface safely. Cody Beverly, 21, Kayla Williams, 25, and Erica Treadway, 31, were brought to the surface at 7:30pm Wednesday, about an hour after rescue...

Britain Quit Coal. Why Can't America?
Quitting Coal Is Hard.
Just Ask Britain
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Quitting Coal Is Hard. Just Ask Britain

How the UK embraced a painful move away from coal energy

(Newser) - While the Trump administration scrambles to save coal , Britain has shuttered its last deep mine and vowed to stop using coal for electricity by 2025. How did two nations take such different paths? Apparently cheap foreign coal and a political willingness to undergo the pain of mine closures fueled Britain'...

No Miracles: 33 Trapped Miners Found Dead in China

All bodies have been recovered

(Newser) - All 33 coal miners trapped underground by a gas explosion in China have been found dead, reports the AP . Two of their fellow miners made it to safety in the aftermath of Monday's blast, but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered,...

War-Torn Ukraine's New Woe: Trapped Miners

One confirmed dead in underground explosion

(Newser) - An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn in war-torn eastern Ukraine today, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials say. The explosion at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, an eastern city under separatist control, occurred more than 3,280...

Protesters Tear-Gassed After Turkey Mine Blast

Death toll rises to 238; 120 still trapped, says PM

(Newser) - With the death toll from Turkey's mine explosion at 238, some are attacking a mine management system that "thinks only about money," as one worker puts it. Anger has sparked protests, including one that saw 800 student demonstrators hit with tear gas and water cannons in Ankara,...

201 Dead, Hundreds Trapped in Turkey Mine Blast

Rescue efforts underway

(Newser) - Yesterday was a deadly day for miners : An explosion and a fire killed at least 201 workers at a coal mine in western Turkey and hundreds more remained trapped underground, government officials said today. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people were inside the coal mine in Soma at the...

2 Dead in West Virginia Coal Mine Collapse

Mine had loads of safety violations

(Newser) - Two miners were killed when the roof of a West Virginia coal mine collapsed following a "coal outburst" last night. The coal outburst, a sudden violent eruption of coal, gas, and rock from a coal face, came at 8:47pm, and the roof collapse was reported at about 10pm,...

N. Korean Comic Pulled Off Stage, Sent to Coal Mine

Lee Choon Hong mentioned 'sensitive issues' onstage: report

(Newser) - North Korean authorities weren't laughing over a comedian's "slip of the tongue"—and sent her straight into forced labor, the Daily Mail reports. Lee Choon Hong, known for her mimicry and satire, was performing for workers at a 150,000-acre farm project when she mentioned "...

18 Dead in Russia Mine Explosion

10 bodies recovered so far in blast caused by methane buildup

(Newser) - Eighteen people have been killed in an explosion at a north Russia coal mine, the AP reports, after a deadly methane buildup. Ten bodies have been recovered so far in the Komi region mine. An official tells Russian television that just 23 men were in the mine during the blast;...

Irate Zambian Miners Kill Chinese Manager

Coal miners riot over low wages

(Newser) - A fresh round of unrest has hit Chinese-operated mines in Zambia. Rioting coal miners killed a Chinese manager on Saturday by pushing a mine trolley at him as he tried to flee, reports the BBC . Another Chinese manager and several Zambians were injured during the incident at the mine, which...

West Virginia Coal Mine Settles for $210M in Disaster

Agreement allows for individual criminal prosecutions

(Newser) - The owner of a West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men will pay nearly $210 million in a historic settlement arising from the worst US coal mining disaster in decades. An attorney with knowledge of the Upper Big Branch settlement provided details to the AP. The agreement...

Blast Traps Mexican Miners
 Blast Traps Mexican Miners 

Blast Traps Mexican Miners

3 killed, 11 missing after blast in northern Mexico coal mine

(Newser) - A massive blast at a coal mine in northern Mexico killed three miners and left at least 14 men trapped underground. Rescuers are working through the night and Chilean experts are on the way to assist, CNN reports. Authorities warn that the blast was so powerful that they don't...

Epic Floods Close Australia's Coal Mines

Waters causing 'catastrophic damage' to transportation system

(Newser) - The nearly biblical flood that’s washed over Queensland, Australia, is causing massive damage—including the closure of 75% of its coal mines, which supply most of Asia’s steel mills. “That’s a massive impact on the international markets,” observed Premier Anna Bligh in a TV interview....

Third Explosion Shakes New Zealand Mine

Prime minister plans memorial service for 29 lost miners

(Newser) - A third explosion has rattled the New Zealand coal mine where 29 workers were lost this week, the Wall Street Journal reports. The latest blast was the smallest and “isn't likely to impede any work out there,” police said. Prime minister John Key today announced a Dec. 2...

New Zealand Mourns 29 Lost Miners

But mine should reopen, civic leaders say

(Newser) - As New Zealand mourns the 29 miners lost in Tuesday’s second explosion , civic leaders are already calling for the mine to be reopened. "A big part of our economy on the west coast is coal and, yes, we want our men back down the mine working,” says...

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