MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Critics of silica sand mining had hoped the Minnesota Legislature would adopt aggressive statewide rules to protect people and the environment. What finally emerged from the just-completed session, however, was a compromise that still leaves key decisions up to local governments.
Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
, May 22, 2013
Hundreds of miles from the frenzied drilling in North Dakota’s oil patch, an international mining company quietly sunk a hole in a bean field near St. Thomas in search of other riches buried below the prairie: diamonds.
By James MacPherson, Associated Press
, January 04, 2013
North Dakota officials are looking at local resources to keep fractures for oil wells open and meet a proppant shortage, officials said.
The North Dakota Geological Survey in Bismarck has completed collecting kaolinite samples from 10 counties in the west, including Stark, Dunn and Morton counties, according to its news publication.
April Baumgarten , Forum Communications Co.
, February 20, 2012
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A central Montana precious metals mine was under a partial closure order Tuesday as authorities investigated the death of a worker who crashed while driving a piece of equipment 1,200 feet underground.
A central Montana precious metals mine was under a partial closure order Tuesday as authorities investigated the death of a worker who crashed while driving a piece of equipment 1,200 feet underground.
A recent Associated Press story gave an inappropriate impression about the South Heart Coal, LLC, mining permit application. South Heart Coal’s application for a new coal mine near South Heart has not been rejected by the Public Service Commission and no formal action on this application has been taken by the commission. At this time the application is being reviewed by staff for completeness as required under North Dakota’s reclamation law and rules.
The Dakota Resource Council urged the review of a possible coal mining application near South Heart by federal officials in a letter written to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in Wyoming, according to a recent press release.
By Ashley Martin, Forum Communications Co.
, August 26, 2010
Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire. Markham demonstrates this in a new documentary, “Gasland,” which just won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Director Josh Fox films Markham as he runs his kitchen faucet, holding a cigarette lighter up to the running water. After a few seconds, a ball of fire erupts out of the sink, almost enveloping Markham’s head.
Amy Goodman, Hearst Newspapers
, February 26, 2010
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