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San Manuel Mine Officially Closes With a Bang

One of the largest underground copper mines in the world officially closed mid-January, as demolition crews blasted its twin smelter stacks.

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House Resources Committee Addresses Environmental Scare-Tactics —by House Resources Committee & Chairman Richard Pombo


As self-serving, so-called environmental organizations ramp up their scare-tactics to raise money, Americans will be pleased to learn that the sky is not falling, nor are their rivers on fire. These are facts to keep in mind when reading the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) partisan “scorecard.” The House Resources Committee report shines sunlight on the shady LCV political rhetoric by outlining facts and accomplishments on current environmental endeavors.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Gold Is Where You Find It


Saturday came and it looked to have the makings of a dreary, misty day. Undaunted, I loaded my truck with my sluice, buckets and gear, and headed for the claim.

Uranium Industry Enjoys Rebound as Prices Nearly Triple


Watching a computer screen, Pat Drummond monitors a complex system of pipelines and vats that produce 55-gallon drums of uranium, weighing 600 to 1,000 pounds each, ready to be shipped to nuclear power plants across the globe.

I-147 Before Montana Supreme Court


A group supporting a ballot measure to overturn a ban on using cyanide in certain mines has told the Montana Supreme Court it should throw out a lawsuit against Initiative 147. Facts surrounding the claims of I-147 opponents must be sorted out before the high court can consider the legal challenge, said proponents who call themselves Miners, Merchants and Montanans for Jobs and Economic Opportunity.

Canadian Mint to Unveil $1 Million Coin


The Royal Canadian Mint will soon unveil a gold coin worth one million Canadian dollars ($850,000 US).

China Closing More Than 1,000 Mines


It was only a few years ago that China was taxing and limiting quantities of exports for rare earths in an effort squeeze the market, drive up prices and extract the most in the way of income.

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