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  • Battle brews over a wilderness mother lode

    Activists are fighting a copper and silver mine planned for underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana.

  • Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine

    Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine

    Some of the last surviving salmon-based cultures turn to the EPA to protect their communities.

  • Remember the mines before China buys them all

    Remember the mines before China buys them all

    China is far ahead of the U.S. when it comes to remembering the importance of the copper mines our modern technology depends on.

  • Rock jocks fight a mining company

    Resolution Copper Company is trying to obtain a land swap in order to mine at Arizona’s Oak Flat campground, a popular rock-climbing spot

  • Phelps Dodge looks to revive mining in the Copper State

    Phelps Dodge wants to open a big copper mine near Safford, Ariz., but some critics say that the company’s planned land swap is a rip-off, and that the mine may have harmful environmental impacts

  • Phelps tries to dodge bond

    Phelps Dodge Corporation is at loggerheads with environmentalists and the state of New Mexico over plans to clean up the Chino Mine, an open-pit copper mine near Silver City

  • Mine all dressed up with nowhere to go

    The controversial proposed Carlota copper mine near Pinto Creek in southern Arizona has all the permits it needs, but activists hope an uncertain copper market and the company's financial troubles will keep it from opening.

  • The Berkeley Pit gets deeper

    Skyrocketing electric rates and a resulting shutdown of operations by copper mining company Montana Resources mean that increased untreated runoff is flowing into the Berkeley Pit, the country's largest Superfund site.

  • The Hidden West

    Introduction to Edwin Dobb's feature on mining the past in Butte, Montana.

  • Mining the past

    The history of the copper-mining town of Butte, Mont., sparks a searching meditation on the meaning and value of work and the place it holds now, as the Old West becomes the New West.

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