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Upper Big Branch Disaster

Former Coal CEO's Trial Delayed

AP | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has delayed the trial of a former West Virginia coal baron facing criminal charges in connection with a 2010 mine expl...

Manchin Demands Removal From Questionable Film

AP | SARAH PLUMMER | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding his name and interview be removed from a documentary funded by former Massey Energy CEO ...

Paige Lavender

Dem Claims He Was 'Lied To' About Participation In Questionable Mining Film | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

A film funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship meant to tell "what really happened" in 2010's Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which left 29...

Mine Disaster Victims' Relatives Say They're Still Owed Millions

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay th...

Former Coal Executive To Enter Plea Over 2010 Disaster Charges

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former president of Massey Energy's White Buck Coal Co. will enter a plea on federal conspiracy charges in January as pro...

'The Right To A Safe Workplace'

AP | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are helping miners fight suspensions, discharges and other discriminatory actions by companies after they r...

Convicted Former Mine Boss Demands New Trial

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former security chief convicted of lying to investigators after the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Br...

Independent Safety Panel Created As Part Of Mine Disaster Settlement

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 07.14.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three experts on mine and workplace safety and health were named Monday to research ways to make U.S. coal mines safer as p...

Officials Issue 253 Violations In Coal Mine Disaster Probe

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia mine safety officials issued 253 violations in their investigation of the Upper Big Branch disaster and targeted...

Paige Lavender

Upper Big Branch Mine Memorial Gets Big Donation From Coal Group | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Alpha Natural Resources, the energy company that purchased problem-ridden Massey Energy Company after the 2010 Upper Big Branch (UBB) mi...

Dozens Of Mines Idled To Honor 29 Victims Of Last Year's Disaster

AP | By TIM HUBER | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dozens of mines across three states will be idled Tuesday to honor the 29 coal miners who died in a West Virginia explosion a yea...

Marcus Baram

West Virginia Mine Disaster: One Year Later, Safety Overhaul Stalled | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green

NEW YORK -- A year after the worst coal mining accident in decades took the lives of 29 workers, prompting urgent calls to revamp oversight of one of ...

The Year of Living Dangerously in Power Generation

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Over the past 12 months, we've had caved-in coal mines, underwater oil spills and now compromised nuclear facilities. What does it take for us to accept that renewable energy is the way to go?

Coal Dust Propagated Upper Big Branch Explosion: MSHA

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The fatal April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine started with a frictional ignition on the longwall face involving as little at 13 cubic feet of methane that would not normally be expected to cause such devastation.

Dan Froomkin

Upper Big Branch Disaster: Concern About Intimidation By Massey Prompts Mine Safety Investigators To Solicit Anonymous Tips | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Alarmed by reports that Massey Energy officials are intimidating miners and their families, the Department of Labor announced today that it is launchi...