Metals and minerals industry

Flower petals surround an image of Pope Francis that reads in Spanish "Welcome to Peru Pope Francis," placed by Shamans performing a welcome ritual for the pontiff one day before he arrives to Peru, on Agua Dulce beach in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
January 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Latin America (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Peru's indigenous leaders have sent a letter to Pope Francis urging him to press for the cleanup of polluted rivers and recognition of ancestral land rights during his visit to the Amazon. Three...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017 photo, demonstrators sustain afloat the Mapuche nation's flag during a protest against the arrests of several Mapuches, in Santiago, Chile. Pope Francis will meet with indigenous groups during his Chile, Peru visit beginning Jan. 15, 2018. The Chilean stop is more delicate as the visit comes as some radical Mapuche groups have been staging violent protests, occupying and burning farms, churches and lumber trucks to demand the return of their land. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)
January 13, 2018 - 2:06 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' trip to Chile and Peru, originally aimed at highlighting the plight of indigenous peoples and the delicate Amazon ecosystem, is being overshadowed by the Catholic Church's dismal record confronting priestly sex abuse in Chile and political turmoil in Peru. On the...
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January 12, 2018 - 12:27 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Environment Ministry has appealed a court decision annulling a 1.7-million-euro ($2.06 million) fine it had slapped on mining firm Eldorado Gold. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the Athens court ruling did not dispute the findings of an environmental...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, Robert "Bob" Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. In the early days of the Trump administration, Murray, the head of one of America’s largest coal companies sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of key environmental and mine safety regulations he claimed would help revive the struggling mining industry. A review by The Associated Press of that March 1, 2017, plan shows Murray, an early Trump campaign supporter, has gotten about half the items on his wish list. Still others, such as eliminating federal tax credits for wind turbines and solar panels, failed to win approval in Congress. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 10, 2018 - 5:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We have listed our suggested actions in order of...
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December 28, 2017 - 5:42 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. officials say they misspoke when they recently announced their approval of a major coal mine expansion in Montana. U.S. Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday that the expansion is under review. She says "internal miscommunication" led to the...
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December 28, 2017 - 3:49 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a Dec. 22 story about a Montana coal mine, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the U.S. Interior Department, reported erroneously that the department approved an expansion of the mine. Spokeswoman Heather Swift now says the department is drafting a...
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In this July 17, 2017 photo, New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore with the U.S. Forest Service look at survey maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M., as they discuss tailing piles and contaminated groundwater at the site. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
December 26, 2017 - 3:46 pm
CUBA, N.M. (AP) — For decades, yellow- and white-tinged piles of waste from a defunct copper mine have covered the mountainside at the edge of the quintessential New Mexico village of Cuba — out of sight, out of mind and not nasty enough to warrant the attention of the federal government's...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, a worker uses a suction hose to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in Belle Terre, La. The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the federal safety agency created after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was told to cease review of the inspection program conducted by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Established following the massive BP spill, the bureau was assigned the role of improving offshore safety inspections and federal oversight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 21, 2017 - 2:56 pm
The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the federal safety agency created after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was told to cease review of the inspection program conducted...
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President Donald Trump prays during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Washington. From left, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 20, 2017 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ordering the government to boost production of critical minerals used for manufacturing everything from smartphones to wind turbines and cars. An executive order to be issued Wednesday directs federal agencies to find ways to increase exploration, mining...
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December 19, 2017 - 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is reliant on China and other nations for the overwhelming majority of critical minerals used for manufacturing everything from smartphones to wind turbines and cars, a new federal report says. The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey says the U...
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