Government offers £10m as coal pits in deep trouble

Two of the last deep mines in the UK are likely to close next year, prompting ministers to arrange a £10 million loan to their owner. Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon today revealed the Government is scrabbling to avoid the pits shutting any earlier to limit potential damage to the public purse. Last week […]

China coal mine deaths drop – to 1,049

The number of people who died after accidents in Chinese coal mines dropped to 1,049 last year. The death toll is down 24% from 2012 according to statistics released by authorities over the weekend. In 2012 there were 1,384 deaths and in 2011 that figure was 1,973. Officials said this showed safety in coal mining […]

UK Coal goes into administration, saving 2,000 jobs

Mining firm UK Coal went into administration today in a move its boss says is the “only way” to save the business. Although 350 jobs hit the dust, 2,000 will be saved with some restructuring of the mining assets. This follows an enormous fire which ravaged the firm’s Daw Mill deep mine in March 2013 […]

China’s coal plans could lead to water crisis

Greenpeace claims China’s plans to build 16 large-scale coal plants and mines could result in a severe water crisis. In a new report, it claims the new coal power bases are heavy consumers of water and could significantly threaten the survival of China’s water source, the Yellow River. Water demand created by the project will […]