Cadia Gold Mine damage triggers groundwater contamination concerns near Orange

Farmers are waiting for a guarantee that their groundwater has not been compromised a month after extraction stopped at one of Australia’s largest gold mines in central western New South Wales. Key points: Blayney farmers fear groundwater could be compromised by a planned open cut gold mine Landholders are worried after an aquifer was hit … Read more

Andrew Forrest’s FMG lodges mining applications in WA’s south

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has lodged applications to explore vast tracts of WA’s south coast for critical minerals. Key points: The mining exploration licenses include tenements close to Ravensthorpe where lithium and nickel are mined A resource analyst says FMG will be looking for materials used in renewable batteries The company … Read more

Diggers and Dealers organisers distance event from alleged groping of Kalgoorlie journalist

The company at the center of an alleged sexual assault say they have a “zero-tolerance policy” towards such behavior after a 23-year-old journalist was allegedly groped at a Goldfields mining event. Key points: The alleged incident took place at the Graduates Hall of the West Australian School of Mines The incident has been condemned by … Read more

Mexican president visits mine where 10 workers trapped

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador visited a disaster-hit coal mining region on Sunday to see firsthand a major operation to try to rescue 10 trapped workers. Relatives of the missing were becoming increasingly desperate four days after the mine flooded in the northern state of Coahuila, fearing time is running out to save them. … Read more

Mexican president heads to mine disaster zone

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would visit a disaster-hit coal mining region on Sunday to see firsthand a major operation to try to rescue 10 workers. Relatives of those trapped were becoming increasingly desperate four days after the mine flooded in the northern state of Coahuila, fearing time is running out … Read more

‘Decisive day’ for trapped Mexican miners

A major operation to rescue 10 trapped Mexican coal miners was approaching a crucial moment on Saturday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, raising the hopes of desperate relatives. “Today is a decisive day because, according to the experts, we’ll know if it’s possible for the divers to enter safely,” he tweeted. Five workers managed … Read more

Hancock Prospecting, Main Roads WA proposal sparks fear for Aboriginal heritage, workers on Wittenoom route

In the heart of Western Australia’s Pilbara region lies sacred country, littered with profitable iron ore mines that provide billions for Australia’s economy. Now, the WA government wants to invest in roads near Karijini National Park and Wittenoom so Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting can transport iron ore through the region. Fears for Aboriginal heritage have … Read more

Mining sector faces major skills shortage as environmental concerns deter Gen Z workers

Australia’s mining sector is facing a critical worker shortage that leaders say will stifle future projects if the industry cannot convince younger, more environmentally conscious generations to join its ranks. Key points: The Australian mining sector will need 24,000 new workers in the next five years Industry leaders say it is the worst skills crisis … Read more

Women with disabilities ‘underestimated’ as battle for equality in science careers heats up

Zia Westerman was interested in studying geoscience but a lack of flexibility around field trips caused her to do an arts degree instead. Key points: People with disabilities make up just six per cent of university enrollments There has been a lack of inclusion in science-related professions But a group of women are setting an … Read more

Collie’s coal a source of pride for town as green shoots emerge for new industry

The future employment prospects of a West Australian coal town could be best served by the establishment of a multitude of smaller and more varied industries according to the owners of a business which has begun to set down roots there. Key points: Locals say coal mining will remain a source of pride for the … Read more