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Anglo American’s proposed NSW mine expansion rejected again

The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has once again rejected Anglo American’s proposed expansion of its Drayton South mine on the grounds it would cause air quality and blast noise effects which couldn’t be mitigated and “would have unacceptable negative economic and social impacts in the locality.” The PAC concluded the mine expansion - which was strongly opposed by landowner and an internationally renowned horsebreeding industry - was “not in the public interest.” Versions of the mine expansion proposal have been rejected twice by PAC and twice on appeal. Landowners are pressing the state government to permanently exclude the area from further mining. (Many thanks to Coal Wire for this summary.)

Shareholders want miner Freeport to get tough with Indonesia, and Rio Tinto agrees

Shareholders are pressuring miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc to stand up to the Indonesian government over changes the southeast Asian country wants to make in the U.S. miner's contract. Rio Tinto Plc, which is a partner in Freeport's massive Grasberg copper and gold mine, is also supportive of Freeport's tougher approach towards Jakarta.

RWE npower, Colombian coal is killing our children! Close Aberthaw!

The coal power station at Aberthaw is not just polluting much of South Wales with its filthy emissions. It could also be seriously damaging the health of children in Colombia with coal dust from BHP Billiton's massive Cerrejón coal mine. In this open letter, Luz Ángela Uriana Epiayu implores RWE npower to shut down its stinking, obsolete and illegal power station.

Mining and radical resistance in South Africa

Mining is a major economic activity in South Africa. But it is entangled with the atrocious legacies of apartheid. It benefits mostly elite whites to the exclusion of the black majority who suffer most from the harmful effects such as environmental degradation and poor health. Black resistance against the evils of mining has a long history. Now it needs to be strengthened.

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