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Conuma Restarts Operations in British Columbia

A second metallurgical surface coal mine, Wolverine, has resumed production in northeastern British Columbia, Canada, and its operator, Conuma Coal Resources Ltd., said the mine should be turning out 1.5 million metric tons (mt) annually by this spring for the seaborne export market. Wolverine’s restart comes hard on the heels of the Brule surface mine’s reopening last fall in the Tumbler Ridge-Chetwynd area of the province. 

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House Votes to Overturn Stream Protection Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure on Wednesday, February 1 that will nullify the Stream Protection Rule that was finalized by the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater and the productivity of mining operation sites. 

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Rio Tinto Sells Coal & Allied to Yancoal

Rio Tinto announced it has reached an agreement to sell Coal & Allied Industries Ltd. to Yancoal for up to $2.45 billion. This includes an initial $1.95 billion cash payment and $500 million in $100 million installments paid over five years. Prior to February 24, Yancoal Australia is entitled to elect an alternative purchase price structure of a single cash payment at completion of $2.35 billion. 

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Cloud Peak Receives Wildlife Stewardship Award for Eagle Protection

Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope mine received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Industry Reclamation Wildlife Stewardship Award. The mine, located in northeastern Wyoming, was recognized for its successful efforts to promote population numbers of Golden Eagles and other raptors through habitat enhancement and use of effective protection measures, including rescuing a young eaglet that was later released at the mine following rehabilitation.

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Donkin Coal Mine to Come Online in January

Following several delays in 2016, the Donkin underground coal mine owned by U.S.-based Cline Group in Atlantic Canada was preparing to start operating before the end of January, producing a majority of metallurgical coal along with a smaller amount of steam coal. 

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