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Colombia blocks Drummond coal loading

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Colombia has ordered U.S-based coal producer Drummond to stop loading coal in Colombian ports until the company complies with new environmental rules.

Under the regulations, coal exporters will no longer be allowed to use barges and cranes to load ships, and will have to switch to using conveyor belts.

Three weeks ago, Drummond was fined $3.5 million for spilling hundreds of tonnes of coal when it tried to rescue a sinking barge in January 2013.

Source: BBC