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The price-tag could be up to $12 million more than budgeted.

Little signs off on re-entry plans

"Recovery of the mine drift is technically feasible and the risks of harm can be managed and minimised."

The Earth - full of diamonds.

This part of the Earth has just been found to have massive diamond cache

A quadrillion tonnes of diamonds have been found.

Informal jade scavengers, or hand-pickers, are frequently caught up in landslides in the poorly regulated Hpakant jade mining region.

Dozens feared missing after massive landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Fifteen people have been killed and at least 45 injured.

Pike River mine boss Peter Whittall could face manslaughter charges, says a leading lawyer.

Pike River boss could face manslaughter charges - top lawyer

New evidence inside the mine could spark a prosecution, Nigel Hampton QC says.

Pike River Minister Andrew Little says re-entry into the mine by the end of the year is likely.

Pike River re-entry 'by the end of this year' - Little

The minister says it's now just a question of working out the details.

Simon Bridges.

Not all conservation land is worth protecting - Bridges

He says much of the country's conservation land is just "scrubland" and could be mined not just for resources, but jobs.

Police are preparing to re-open the investigation into the Pike River mine disaster.

Exclusive: Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

A commissioner and top investigator have briefed the families - and won't rule out charges.

Proposed West Coast mine

Application to mine on conservation land declined

The Government said any economic benefit would not outweigh ecological damage.

Pike River.

Pike River mine re-entry by year's end - Monk

A meeting held in Greymouth on Thursday came up with three re-entry options.

Minamitorishima Island from above.

'Semi-infinite' source of rare metals found near Japan

The material is used in smartphones, hybrid-vehicle batteries and military technology.

29 were killed in the 2010 disaster.

Pike River footage must be made public - families

Footage reportedly exists of an intact body, and the families of the victims are demanding action.

Mining and Drilling

Filmmaker Michael Moore threatens Donald Trump with fracking

The move protests the White House opening sections of California coastline to mining.

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.

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.

Mining and Drilling

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?