Gold and other precious-metal mines excavate on federal lands -- and wreak havoc on the environment -- and it doesn't cost them a cent. Now a federal bill aims to change that
The Bush administration wants to quit requiring coal operators to prove that their surface mining will not damage streams, fish and wildlife.
Federal reports show the number of safety violations at the Sago Mine rose rapidly over the past two years, and in 2005 inspectors called 96 of them "serious and substantial."
Three energy-industry groups issued a warning to U.S. consumers Thursday, saying they foresee higher fuel prices and home heating bills ahead this winter.