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New U.S. Rules Seek to Curb Leaks From Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands

The U.S. interior department on Wednesday said it had finalized rules aimed at limiting methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on public lands. The policy complements efforts the Biden administration has made at other agencies to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that tends to leak from drill sites and pipelines. Nearly …

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Argentine Court in Key Lithium Region Halts New Permits Over Environmental Concerns

Argentina, inside South America’s so-called “lithium triangle”, is one of the world’s top producers of the metal that is key for the batteries needed to power electric vehicles. A local company spokesperson declined to comment. The ruling, shared with Reuters on Thursday, comes after a case presented in 2021 by a chief of the Atacameños …

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Rare Earths Prices Seen Rebounding in Second Half of 2024

(Reuters) – Rare earth prices have likely bottomed out and are poised to rise later this year on demand from electric vehicles (EVs) and wind power and as dominant producer China is expected to pull back on expanding output quotas, analysts said. Rare earths are a group of 17 elements used in products from lasers …

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What Lithium’s Roller-Coaster Ride Means for Miners

Bloomberg Since 2021, lithium prices have surged 10-fold, only to crash back to earth, wiping out billions of dollars in miners’ shares and forcing supply cuts. The ripple effects of this ride are only just beginning. The reversal of fortunes for the electric-vehicle battery metal has been nothing short of stunning. Its rapid ascent to a …

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