Firm hit by the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil and a global slump in commodity prices
The mining entreprenuer rose to prominance when he bought 17 of Britain's last 19 deep coal mines in a controversial privatisation deal with the Conservative Government in 1994
The ICL Boulby mine in east Cleveland is one of the deepest in Europe
Analysts speculated that Jean-Sébastien Jacques arrival could signal a harder intention to look at copper and other deals
Fearing a clampdown on its unregulated industry, mining companies are putting livelihoods at risk
Miners wiped tears away as the march reaches the end destination
Critics have branded the closure 'another vindictive act'
Prosecutors portrayed Blankenship as a boss who routinely put profit before the safety of his employees
The mining company has serious questions to answer about the Brazilian mudslide. But its sure-footed response to the the disaster has shown up some other firms.
Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Billiton’s chief executive, has travelled to Brazil to tackle the fallout from last week’s mining dam disaster at its Samarco project. Two people have been confirmed dead and 28 are still missing, after the collapse of two dams at the site in Minas Gerais state sparked mudslides that overwhelmed villages in the area.
The village is submerged in thick sludge of water and iron ore waste from the dam at Samarco, owned by mining giants Vale SA and BHP Billiton
The group halted the mine's production by chaining themselves to a giant excavator
The Ridley family have been mining coal on their 18th century Blagdon Estate since the 1940s
Some industry estimates claim as much as a third of future mineral production could come from beneath the oceans
Although gold was found in 1980s, project was abandoned after running into financial difficulties
A local municipality has used little-known legislation to block environmentally damaging metal exploration