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  • SYDNEY, Dec 22- Copper prices inched down on Monday, reversing gains from the previous session on concerns over global oversupply. *The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 0.79 percent to 45,690 yuan a tonne. *The International Monetary Fund has urged Zambia to quickly resolve issues with mining companies over value-added tax...

  • National coal mining deaths Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the...

  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. "I do think we're seeing a cultural change in the mining industry that's for the better," Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main, who heads the U.S....

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in...

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 36 or. 8 percent, to $45.84. DuPont Co. rose $1.06 or 1.5 percent, to $73.29.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 17 or 9.7 percent, to $1.93. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 47 or 1.3 percent, to $34.88. Peabody Energy rose$. 46 or 5.7 percent, to $8.55.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 26 or 2.3 percent, to $10.83. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell$. 10 or 2.2 percent, to $4.36. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 27 or 1.4 percent, to $19.12.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 15 or 5.6 percent, to $2.81. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 13 or 1.4 percent, to $9.63. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 14 or 2.9 percent, to $4.96.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 07 or 2.6 percent, to $2.73. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 19 or 2.0 percent, to $9.69. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 10 or 2.1 percent, to $4.92.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 12 or 1.1 percent, to $10.97. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 31 or 1.6 percent, to $19.70.

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 13 or 7.4 percent, to $1.89. Consol Energy Inc. fell $1.20 or 3.4 percent, to $34.15. Peabody Energy rose$. 33 or 4.0 percent, to $8.42.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $45.67. DuPont Co. rose$. 86 or 1.2 percent, to $73.09.

  • AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC. The Food and Drug Administration also approved a companion diagnostic test from Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City called BRACAnalysis CDx. Richard Pazdur, director of the...

  • Guyana warns of drop in gold production Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana— Officials in the South American country of Guyana say this year's gold production is expected to be lower than originally forecast. Miners Association spokesman Colin Sparman said Friday that hundreds of miners have abandoned the industry after suffering losses amid fluctuating prices. Gold is Guyana's main export.

  • U.S. plans to shut royalty loophole on coal exports Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 19- U.S. coal companies will no longer be able to settle royalties at low domestic prices when they make lucrative sales to Asia according to reforms proposed by the Interior Department on Friday. "Coal produced on public lands is an important part of our domestic energy portfolio, but we have an obligation- and we are fully committed- to ensure that...

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 01 or percent, to $11.10. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 16 or. 8 percent, to $19.55.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 03 or 1.1 percent, to $2.69. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 20 or 2.1 percent, to $9.70. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 19 or 3.9 percent, to $5.01.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 11 or 6.0 percent, to $1.87. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $35.11. Peabody Energy rose$. 32 or 3.9 percent, to $8.40.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 49 or 1.1 percent, to $45.97. DuPont Co. rose $1.14 or 1.6 percent, to $73.36.

  • Environmental groups say the practice of storing coal ash in holding ponds supported by permeable, earthen dikes leads both to contamination of surrounding groundwater and the risk of catastrophe when those dikes fail, as happened in Tennessee and at a site in North Carolina earlier this year. The EPA has said contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and cadmium...

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