Bingaman introduces bill to update hardrock mining law

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at updating mining laws passed well over a century ago. When the Mining Law was passed in 1872, following the California gold rush, Congress was trying to encourage settlement of the American West.

Only one miner survives

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead — three hours after they began celebrating the news that they were alive. The sole survivor, Randal McCloy, was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and dehydration but no […]