Mining and Drilling News

Twenty-nine died in the 2010 disaster.

Pike River: Families handed the keys

The Pike River families will be given keys to the mine's access road, seven years since the disaster.

The Pike River Mine.

Pike River re-entry process gets underway

Andrew Little will meet the families of the victims on Monday morning, first thing.

Rick Perry

US Energy Secretary says fossil fuels prevent sexual assaults

The Donald Trump appointee has claimed mining leads to fewer rapes.

Pike River widow Anna Osborne says Andrew Little's proposal is music to her ears.

'We've waited nearly seven years for this' - Pike River widow

Justice Minister Andrew Little says manned re-entry is likely for early next year.

Turkey's energy ministry said the coal mine was unlicensed and had been operating illegally.

Illegal Turkish mine collapse leaves six dead

Turkey's energy ministry said the coal mine was unlicensed and had been operating illegally.

Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters have promised a manned re-entry.

'We're going to get into that drift'

The Pike River families are buoyant after meeting Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern.

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Enraged activists paint Maggie Barry over Karangahake mine site

The activists claim the DoC access road has been closed longer than Ms Barry promised.

Protesters against mining.

Anti-mining protesters split by slip

The slip covered State Highway 2 completely, cutting the protest group in half.

The local environment could be ruined.

The real impact mining will have on the seabed

Officials seem satisfied everything will be hunky dory as the Taranaki seabed is torn up. Are you?

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Massive mining project off Taranaki gets go-ahead

Trans-Tasman Resources will be able to mine 50 million tonnes of iron ore sand off the coast each year.

The company entered voluntary administration in 2015 after directors concluded there was no way of refinancing significant debt.

Solid Energy sells final Reefton assets

Solid Energy has sold the last of its Reefton assets, bringing an end to its last operations in the area that began in 1989.

A diamond mine conveyer belt.

Diamond mine flooded, 16 missing

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in a Russian diamond mine.

Colombian flag.

Illegal gold mine explosion kills inspectors

Six security contractors working for a Canadian company were killed.

At least eight miners have died and five are missing after an explosion

Colombia mine blast kills at least eight

Eight miners are dead, and more missing, after explosion at underground coal mine

Pike River Mine borehole.

'Nothing new' in Pike footage - English

But Labour leader Andrew Little says it provides a compelling reason for re-entry.

Phosphate from mines like this in Morocco are New Zealand's main source.

Court to announce legality of African phosphate seizure

A judge has reserved his decision until late Thursday.

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Company wants to mine seabed in blue whale territory

Tai Hauāuru iwi Ngā Rauru is battling a proposal to mine its seabed.

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Exempt Pike River re-entry from safety laws - Peters

Winston Peters says if anything goes wrong during re-entry, he'll make sure no one is held responsible.

Phosphate from mines like this in Morocco are New Zealand's main source (Getty)

NZ farmers could be hit by African phosphate seizure

The shipment from Morocco had been due in NZ at the end of the month.

NZ companies shamed for 'morally indefensible' mining shipment

NZ companies shamed for 'morally indefensible' mining shipment

African groups accuse NZ of violating international law.