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  • Stillwater Mining production up, but VP resigns Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.. Stillwater Mining Co. reported that platinum and palladium production from the company's two mines in the Beartooth Mountains increased by more than 3,000 ounces.

  • BEIJING, April 18- China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp..

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 PM ET

    BEIJING— Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DeFazio, D- Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: the Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990 s have disappeared; the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs; and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has accepted a report recommending the cancellation of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian miner Vale, a spokesman said on state television on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 17- Platinum prices fell to their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, reversing initial gains after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for miners in a bid to end a 13- week-old strike that has curbed metal output.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea will announce the cancellation on Thursday of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, a senior government source said.

  • April 17- Chemicals maker DuPont expects its agriculture business to grow this quarter as farmers buy seeds and insecticides after a delayed start to planting season in North America, which hurt the company's revenue in the first quarter.

  • Green UK lawmaker cleared over fracking protest Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction. Caroline Lucas was arrested in August after she and other demonstrators linked arms outside a fracking site near the southern English village of Balcombe.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has approved a report recommending that BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, be stripped of two iron ore concessions, a Guinean government source said on Thursday.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has approved a report recommending that BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, be stripped of two iron ore concessions, a Guinean government source said on Thursday.

  • April 17- Chemtura Corp struck a deal to sell its agrichemicals business to rival Platform Specialty Products Corp for about $1 billion as it transforms itself into a pure-play industrial specialty chemical company.

  • April 17- DuPont reported a steeper-than-expected 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as its agriculture business sold fewer seeds, herbicides and insecticides.

  • April 17- Chemicals maker DuPont reported a 57 percent fall in first-quarter net income due to the sale of its performance coating business, which added almost $2 billion to earnings in the year-earlier quarter.

  • April 16- Chemtura Corp plans to sell its agrochemicals business to Platform Specialty Products Corp for about $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chemtura's agrochemicals unit sells chemicals-based products such as insecticides and growth regulators.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 93 or 2.0 percent, to $48.50. DuPont Co. rose$. 82 or 1.2 percent, to $67.72.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 09 or 1.8 percent, to $4.97. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 54 or 1.3 percent, to $41.48. Peabody Energy unchanged at $16.86.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 22 or 1.2 percent, to $18.32. Gold Fields rose$. 03 or. 7 percent, to $4.06. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 09 or. 4 percent, to $23.75.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 06 or 1.9 percent, to $3.11. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 20 or 1.5 percent, to $13.06. Silver Wheaton fell$. 20 or. 9 percent, to $22.09.

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