Ida Finley smiles wistfully, recalling how she used to cook for an entire East Texas community — nearly all descendants of slaves. Now, just weeks from her 102nd birthday, Finley faces the prospect of losing the land worked by her husband and his parents, slaves who toiled for a master.
State regulators said Friday they plan to take more time to review plans to open a new coal mine in southwestern North Dakota after a technical review found hundreds of deficiencies in the application.
When 29 men perished in a single, powerful explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine a year ago, the tragedy stunned the nation — but the aftermath was stunning too, both for its seismic impact on major players in the coal industry and for the absence of any sweeping reforms.
Soil erosion around a five-foot culvert at BNI Coal's Center mine allowed some waste material to get into a nearby creek. Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer says part of an Oliver County road was damaged.
Child-labor laws were just some of the many dozens of reforms that passed in the early 20th century, utterly transforming the workplace and creating the relatively clean conditions most of us labor in today.
The Queen Bee is a 7.5-million-pound dragline belonging to the Dakota Westmoreland company. It's moving from the east side of state Highway 49 to a new coal mining area on the west side, to remove overburden from above the coal seam.
Energy production of all types — wind, ethanol and mountaintop coal mining — is contributing to steep drops in bird populations, a new government report says.
The first-of-its-kind report chronicles a four-decade decline in many of the country's bird populations and provides many reasons for it, from suburban sprawl to the spread of exotic species to global warming.
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