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Mining Disaster

The Tragic World of West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

This email says it all about the tragic world of West Virginia.

The Animas River Spill and the Myth of Mine Safety

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.19.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

This month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic mining waste and chemicals into our streams, rivers and lakes.

After World's Media Depart, Turkey's Mine Victims Still In Need

David Tereshchuk | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
David Tereshchuk

The unassuming town of Soma, in Turkey's western Aegean region, was suddenly catapulted into the world's media in May, with a shocking mining disaster.

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green

Richard Coots, Jr. wasn’t killed in a massive explosion, and the accident that claimed him barely made a ripple of news beyond Eastern Kentucky. He ...

Plugging a Weasel Hole in West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

In West Virginia, where the political system has failed the people, the courts have become the last refuge of justice. What then, when the state's highest court is a repository for the lowest political motives?

Declaration of Clean Energy Independence: We Need a Road Map to a Coal Free Future

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the wake of the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, compromise and political machinations this spring have resulted in a regulatory crisis of f...

Massey Energy Hit With MORE Violations At Upper Big Branch Mine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Federal inspectors have yet to get underground at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, but they've already hit the operation with another nearly two...

The Gulf Oil Spill Will Change the Politics of Energy and Environment

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The politics of energy were transformed on April 20th when a BP oil rig exploded and started spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of ...

Another Violation-Ridden Mine Death, Another "Wildcat Coal Lodge" Baron Scandal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to the families of coal miners--this time in western Kentucky--as reports emerge of a mine collapse at the Alliance Resource Partners' Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come: Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster

Michael T. Klare | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael T. Klare

As long as the industry continues its relentless, reckless pursuit of "extreme energy" -- oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium obtained from unsafe areas -- more such calamities are destined to occur.

The Simple (Tragic) Case for Unions: Montcoal, West Virginia

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

When Unions strive to protect American workers and jobs and eliminate unfair trade practices, that is not being anti-growth and it is certainly not protectionism. It's just the opposite.

An Environmental Disaster We CAN Avoid: Canadian Mining in Guatemala

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The disaster of BP should be a lesson to the world: stop environmental abuses before they escalate to unmanageable levels. In other industries, the same inevitable environmental destruction must be avoided.

Op-Ed: Massey Energy Chose Profit Over Safety Regulations

Editorial | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Federal safety inspectors cited the Raleigh County operation thousands of times for dangerous law violations, including buildup of explosive methane a...

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster: Should Investigation Be Public?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ken Ward Jr., who writes the 'Coal Tattoo' blog for West Virginia's Charleston Gazette, argued on Monday that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administ...

Dan Froomkin

Obama Administration Missed Chance To Get Tougher On Unsafe Mines | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Long before the explosion that killed at least 25 coal miners inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine on Monday, Obama administration mine safety...