Ahead of Northumberland County Council's decision whether to approve an open cast mine, campaigners say it would be 'an act of vandalism'Read the full story ›
Archaeologists working at a regional surface mine have uncovered an Iron Age settlement.Read the full story ›
Final plans are being submitted to create Europe's largest potash mine. York Potash hope to build the £2bn mine on the North York Moors National Park. Campaigners argue it could ruin the environment but supporters say it would bring jobs.
Last year, the controversial plans were deferred till now. York Potash asked for more time to submit further details on the application - deferring the decision for a third time.
A special service will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of ironstone mining in Cleveland.
At its peak there were 83 iron ore mines employing more than 40,000 men. By the late 1950s only seven remained and in 1964 the last one closed down. The service at 3.00pm in St Helen's Parish Church in Carlin How will celebrate this important part of Cleveland's industrial heritage.
If the conditions are right, Canadian company, Minco, wants to bring back mining with potentially a huge boost to employment.Read the full story ›
The North East's coal mining past is an important part of our heritage, but how much do you know about its effect on the area where you live?
At the industry's peak, there were 400 pits, employing a quarter of a million people.
The records of the Durham Miners' Association from that time are held at Sunderland University.
Now for the first time, the whole collection is available on the internet. It is attracting interest from scholars all over the world. Lucy Taylor has been to see it.
Durham Miners' Association records, from meeting minutes to accident reports, have been uploaded onto the internet by researchers at Sunderland University.
They can be used by anyone interested in genealogy to trace relatives or ancestors in the North East, as well as students, scholars and people researching the area's heritage.
To find the archive, click the link here and search "digitised" in the top right hand corner. The whole collection is available, from 1876 to 1941.
You can also search each document for key phrases, such as the name of an area or the surname of a family member. First, load the document, then click "Ctrl + F" to open a search bar in the top right hand corner.
Durham Miners' Association records spanning more than 60 years of coal mining in the North East are now available to browse on the internet.
The minutes of meetings, accident reports and balance sheets have been digitised by researchers at the North East England Mining and Research Archive (Neemarc) at Sunderland University. They will be of use to genealogists tracing ancestors from the North East, as well as students and scholars.
The accident reports show how dangerous the profession was, with accounts of injuries suffered by miners, from those still in their teens to others well into their sixties.
The records also document the support offered by the Association - a branch of the National Union of Miners - to miners, including offering compensation to widows and children of men killed at work.
George Osborne has announced a plan to give free coal to a group of miners.
Hundreds of mine workers lost their fuel allowance when UK Coal went into liquidation last summer. However, the Chancellor said he would be restoring the payments.
Derek Proud has the details.
A landmark decision is still pending during National Parks week on whether a potash mine can be built on the North Yorks Moors, just outside Whitby.
The ruling will have major implications for other national parks in the UK.
Opponents of the plans say all national parks should remain untouched.
However, supporters of the proposed mine say it would bring much-needed jobs and huge economic benefits.
Rachel Bullock has been looking at the reaction in North Yorkshire - watch her full report below.