mining http://wyomingpublicradio.net en First U.S. Rare Earth Minerals Mine In Decades Could Be In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/first-us-rare-earth-minerals-mine-decades-could-be-wyoming <p>The first rare earth minerals mine to open in the U.S. in decades could be here in Wyoming. Permitting gets underway this week for the Bear Lodge mine, near Sundance. Rare earths are a group of metals that are critical to high tech devices like smartphones and lasers. They’re currently mined almost exclusively in China. Rare Element Resources’ George Byers says the company is hoping to change that.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:23:58 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56719 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net First U.S. Rare Earth Minerals Mine In Decades Could Be In Wyoming Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/rare-earth-mine-permitting-gets-underway <p>They’ve been called the secret ingredient of everything. Rare earths are a group of elements that make much of today’s technology possible, from smartphones to wind turbines to precision-guided missiles. For decades, China has dominated the rare earth market, but amid questions about the wisdom of allowing one country to control the supply chain, a mining project in Wyoming is getting underway. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, if the mine opens, it would be only be the second one in the United States and the first new one in decades.<br /> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:21:32 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56714 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-frontier-life-centennial <p>Melanie O’Hara grew up on the far side of the Hogback in Centennial. She reflects on the astonishing diversity of Centennial in the 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:00:41 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 54771 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial Wyoming Stories: Steve Gyorvary recounts how he became a gold miner http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-steve-gyorvary-recounts-how-he-became-gold-miner <p>Steve Gyorvary first came to South Pass, Wyoming in 1978. Ever since, he’s been working as a geologist and hard rock gold miner. He tells how he got into gold mining and acquired his own mine.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:17:57 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 49714 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: Steve Gyorvary recounts how he became a gold miner Transparency initiative targets extractive industries http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/transparency-initiative-targets-extractive-industries <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Nearly half of Wyoming is federal land, and the government collects billions of dollars in taxes and royalties every year from industries using that land. But it isn’t always clear where that money goes, and who benefits from it. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:56:54 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49137 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Transparency initiative targets extractive industries Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/mining-reclamation-conference-shares-lessons-reclamation-success <p>An international conference about mining reclamation ended in Laramie today. The American Society of Mining and Reclamation and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center hosted the event, which featured technical presentations about reclamation issues as well as policy questions and case studies.</p><p>UW professor and director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, Pete Stahl, says there were many Australian and Chinese stakeholders in attendance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:07:46 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41962 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Mining reclamation conference shares lessons for reclamation success WSGS study lists potentially abundant rare earth deposits http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wsgs-study-lists-potentially-abundant-rare-earth-deposits <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; line-height: normal;">The Wyoming State Geological Survey has released a study showing an abundance of rare earth metals in rock samples from across the state.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:58:49 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41792 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WSGS study lists potentially abundant rare earth deposits Wyoming hosts mining reclamation conference http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-hosts-mining-reclamation-conference <p>Mining industry representatives and researchers are gathering in Laramie this week for the meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. The last time Wyoming hosted the American Society of Mining and Reclamation was in 2007. Peter Stahl, director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, says the fact that the industry gathering has returned to Wyoming so soon is a testament to the state’s role in the field of land reclamation. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:59:29 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41787 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming hosts mining reclamation conference Two Wyoming mines recognized for reclamation efforts http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/two-wyoming-mines-recognized-reclamation-efforts <p>The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is recognizing two Wyoming mines for their reclamation efforts. The IMCC represents environmental protection interests and awards one non-coal and one coal project each year. The M-I SWACO Bentonite Mine in Big Horn County won the non-coal award and the Bridger Coal Mine received honorable mention in the coal category.</p><p>Department of Environmental Quality spokesman, Keith Guille, says the IMCC only gives two awards each year and it’s significant that Wyoming was recognized for both.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:15:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 38645 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Two Wyoming mines recognized for reclamation efforts Wyoming Stands to Lose $700 Million in AML Funds http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stands-lose-700-million-aml-funds <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming leaders are shell-shocked after learning that Congress has arranged to take hundreds of millions of dollars money from the Abandoned Mine Lands program to fund a federal transportation bill.</p><p>Wyoming coal producers have paid $2.9 billion into the program, and the state was guaranteed $1.9 billion back for reclamation efforts. The cut would reduce Wyoming&rsquo;s share by about 700 million dollars over the next decade. That money is used for a variety of projects. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:38:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26501 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stands to Lose $700 Million in AML Funds Changes coming to miners health care http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/changes-coming-miners-health-care <p>The Wyoming Miners Hospital Board is looking to make changes in its programs, as the result of 8-percent budget cuts Governor Matt Mead has asked all state agencies to prepare for.</p><p>The Hospital Board assists miners in the state with medical costs related to hearing, respiratory, cardiac and muscle skeletal issues all of which are problem areas for miners.</p><p>Mary Ellen Young is a retired coal miner and executive director of the Wyoming Miners Hospital Board. She says the cuts will affect the Board&rsquo;s services in two places.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:23:03 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25776 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Changes coming to miners health care