Mining

12:15pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Environment

Douglas County Open Space To See Aquifer Drilling

Map of the Colorado Plateaus Aquifer that covers an area of approximately 110,00 square miles in the Western U.S.
Credit United States Geological Service

The plan to draw drinking water from deep beneath the earth’s surface is based on a traditional premise - that water from far underground is uncontaminated.

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2:06pm

Sun January 6, 2013
World

Australia's Mining Boom Creates Demand For Sex Workers

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 5:07 pm

Supporters of the Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association demand better legal protections at a rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in September.
Greg Wood AFP/Getty Images

It's 9 p.m. on a Wednesday, and the night shift has started work at Langtrees, a popular brothel in the Western Australia city of Perth.

Like other women at Langtrees, "Ruby," 25, uses a working name out of concern for her safety. Ruby is from Spain, and tonight she expects to earn at least $1,500.

"I work in many countries — in Europe, in Dubai, I work in Brazil," Ruby says.

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8:28am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Mine Disaster Probe Leads To Conspiracy Charges Against Former Executive

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 10:36 am

Mine helmets and painted crosses at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine, as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there.
Jeff Gentner AP

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia stepped higher up the corporate ladder at Massey Energy Wednesday with new criminal charges stemming from the investigation of the 2010 coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers.

David C. Hughart was president of Massey's Green Valley Resource Group, a major coal mining subsidiary based in Leivasy, W. Va., from 2000 to 2010.

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1:12pm

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

New Regulations Aimed At Black Lung Disease Appear To Be Stalled

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 10:37 am

Reporting by the Charleston Gazette this week suggests that the Obama administration's efforts to impose tough new limits on miners' exposure to coal dust have stalled.

The United Mine Workers Union suggests election year politics may be the reason.

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11:09am

Sun September 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

On The Road: Reporting On Lead Poisoning In Nigeria

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:20 pm

Four-wheel drive is no match for the mud on the road to a gold mine in northern Nigeria.
David Gilkey NPR

If you want to witness the health consequences of unsafe gold mining in northwestern Nigeria, the first thing you have to do is get to the mines

There's a crisis of severe lead poisoning near the mines that's killed hundreds of children and made thousands more sick.

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