Landslide Draws Attention to Toll of Mining on Tibet

Rescue work has resumed at the site of a disaster-struck mine near Lhasa after being suspended on Monday due to the risk of further landslides. The bodies of 59 of the 83 workers buried last Friday have now been recovered. China...

Peruvian Town May Move for Chinese Mine

While protesters appear to have staved off a planned copper plant in Shifang, Sichuan, a Chinese mining company plans to relocate an entire town which sits atop a major copper deposit in the mountains of Peru. Residents have...

Chinese Mongolians Protest Again, Herders Beaten

Reuters reports the outbreak of further unrest in Inner Mongolia, with herders beaten and detained after protesting they expansion of a lead mine. The New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said the...

Shanghai Pushing Gold to $1,600 Thwarts Fight to Shut Mines

Illegal mine owners are taking advantage of rising demand for gold, and surging prices, and exploiting the migrant workers who find work in the dangerous mines. From Bloomberg: Trade volume on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, set up...

Mob Violence Leaves Nine Dead at China Mine

AFP reports on a violent incident at a mine in Yunnan: Police have arrested 10 people, including rival coal mine owners, after mob violence that left nine dead and 48 injured in southwest China, state media reported. The...

Two Die in Attack on Chinese-owned Mine in Peru

Reuters reports that two workers died and several disappeared in an armed attack on the controversial Chinese-owned Rio Blanco copper project in northern Peru: About 15 to 20 armed people invaded the mining camp on Sunday and...

China Green: Big Tree Country (Video)

China Green, a project of Asia Society, has produced another documentary about China’s environmental devastation: Da Shu Xian, or Big Tree Country, in remote Sichuan Province is the site of a large sulfur mine, which...

Exposing the Wildcat Mines of Hengshan County, Shaanxi

Danwei points us to a report from China Radio International about a case in Shaanxi in which two local teachers were forced to suspend their classes in order to prevent relatives from petitioning against illegal mines in their...

Government Plans to Find oil, Mineral Reserves

China’s hunger for energy has driven its exploration in Africa since last year. In the meantime China starts to dig its own land for oil and metal, from China Daily: The search is on for domestic reserves of key resources,...

Journal of a Strike – Laohu Miao (老虎庙)

Qipan Jing town is well known for its proven trove of more than 40 mineral resources, including 960 million tons of coal, 3.3 million tons of quartz stone, 5.2 million tons of iron, etc. Such resources have brought wealth to...

Mine Spill Cuts Water Supply in China – AP

From Associated Press via The News tribune: Mine runoff spilled into a central Chinese river, temporarily cutting off drinking water to more than 200,000 people, a state news agency reported. The runoff from a lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province on Thursday, cutting off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and […]

China Mine Boss Jailed Over Death – BBC

The BBC reports that Hou Zhenrun, the owner of the mine where newspaper employee Lan Chengzhang was beaten to death in January, was sentenced to life in prison. SIx other mine employees were also sentenced: Five men were given sentences of between five to 15 years in jail for carrying out the attack, while another […]

Chinese Mine Explosions Kill 53 – BBC

From BBC: Explosions in two coal mines at opposite ends of China have killed at least 53 workers and injured many more. A gas explosion on Saturday in Jixi, in Heilongjiang province in the north-east, killed 21 miners, said the official news agency Xinhua. A few hours later, a similar explosion killed 32 miners in […]

Small Mines Key to China’s Coal Crisis – Peter Enav

From the AP, via the Guardian: Small, privately owned and worked by moonlighting farmers, the coal mine in central China’s Xin’an County was like hundreds throughout the country. And, like thousands of Chinese miners, those below ground faced the daily danger of injury or death. On Dec. 2, a nearby river overflowed, sending water pouring […]

Death toll at Chinese-owned mine rises in Zambian blast

From ABC (Australia): The death toll from a factory explosion in Zambia has jumped to 50, as the Government accuses the mine’s Chinese owners of treating staff like pigs. Rescue workers have recovered a mass of body parts from the site of the blast at an explosives factory at the Chambishi copper mine north of […]

Rehabilitating China’s Killer Coal Mines

From People’s Daily: “The State Administration of Work Safety reports that in the first nine months of 2004, 4,153 people died in mining accidents, a figure that the administration admits may be low because of cover-ups or inaccurate reporting. Reports of coal mine accidents are so frequent they seem commonplace, but the quick succession of […]



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