Mining Headlines This Week

A roundup of headlines from major news outlets about the mining industry.

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The Guardian: Government set to make decision on UK’s largest coal mine. Click here.

Ministers will decide this month whether to give the green light to plans for the UK’s largest coalmine after years of fierce opposition from environmentalists.

FT: Vedanta chief executive resigns. Click here.

Departure comes just weeks after Moody’s cut miner’s rating to junk.

The Times (of London): Glencore puts off dividend decision. Click here.

The risk that its production could be significantly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic has forced Glencore to postpone a decision on whether to pay its proposed $2.6 billion dividend this year.

Bloomberg: Virus Curbs Force Oil, Mine Workers to Move Across a Continent. Click here.

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About 800 so-called fly-in fly-out, or FIFO, mining workers have been relocated to Western Australia for potentially the next three months, and around 300 to Queensland, along with scores of people staffing offshore oil and gas operations, according to the Australian Workers’ Union.

Reuters: Brazil mining regulator orders closure of 25 Vale dams. Click here.

Brazil’s National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday that it would halt operations at 47 mining dams that failed to certify their stability, including at least 25 belonging to the world’s largest iron ore producer Vale SA.

NYT: Gunmen Kill New Zealand Man Near Indonesia’s Freeport Mine. Click here.

Gunmen killed a New Zealand miner and wounded six others on Monday near the world’s largest gold mine in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region, police and company officials said.

Reuters: Rights group calls on Rio Tinto to fix damage from old Papua New Guinea mine. Click here.

An Australian human rights group has called on Rio Tinto Ltd to fund a review of health and safety issues it says plagues people near a huge copper mine in Papua New Guinea that the company ran for nearly two decades.

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ABC News: Coronavirus threat prompts mining companies to implement new procedures to avoid outbreaks. Click here.

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to avoiding the spread of COVID-19.

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