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Mining

Coal mine expansion made easy

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013

Letters - January 31, 2013

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013
The power of trash This is with reference to the article, “Redemption from litter” (September 1-15, 2012). The quantities of non-renewable resources like coal, oil and natural gas are decreasing and in the near future they would probably not be available at all. Several developed countries are saying farewell to fossil fuels and turning to renewable sources of energy. Waste is a good source.

Ban paves the way

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012

MoEF to do away with environmental clearance for mining minor minerals in areas less than 5 ha

Issue Date: Nov 23, 2012
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is planning to shift mining of minor minerals in areas less than five hectares (ha) into a category where no environmental impact assessment (EIA) will be required.  The move comes after chief minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal, met environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on November 21 and apprised her about the shortage of construction materials in the state. He contended that this is leading to a delay in execution of several government and private projects. 

News Snippets

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
>> Machinery that helped create the Goldfields’ mining and pastoral industry in Australia will be on display at the Western Australian Museum in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The exhibition, which will begin mid-November, includes early mining drills and timber cutting machinery.

India Inc’s new bogey

Author(s): Umesh Srinivasan
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
Auduth Timblo is the owner of Fomento Group, one of the largest mining and iron ore exporting corporations in Goa. Last week during a meeting in Lisbon to promote business relations between Goa and Portugal, Timblo blamed an “overworked and underpaid judiciary” and its “activism”, and “green tape” in Indian governance for halting Goa’s economic development.

Gold’s toxic legacy

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
EVERYONE wants to horde gold these days. But the ever increasing demand of the precious metal seems to have put people living near the gold mines at risk. A study in Karnataka has indicated that even those areas where gold mines have been shut down are heavily contaminated with arsenic.

Chinese suplex

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
Companies that mine rare earth elements, which power mobile phones and car batteries, keenly await the outcome of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan in mid-November. The two countries are likely to reach an agreement that would facilitate setting up of a rare earth-processing plant in India by Japanese auto giant Toyota Tsusho. This could open a new business chapter for both the countries.

Need or greed?

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Forest clearances Since 1981, when the Forest Conservation Act was enacted, 1,183,967 hectares (ha) of forests have been diverted; one-fourth of the diversions was done in the past five years

India’s Minamata

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
Saraju Nisha sits at the door of her house, about 500 metres from a mountain of coal mine waste in Chilika Daad village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district. The 60-year-old former miner is in deep pain.
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