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Upper Big Branch Disaster

A Coal Baron Only Got A Year For His Crimes. One Woman Will Make Sure Every Day Of It Counts.

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to just one year for safety violations at a West Virginia mine that led to the deaths of 29 min...

Prosecutors Win Jail Sentence, But No Justice, For Upper Big Branch Miners

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

Six years after an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia claimed the lives of 29 coal miners in the worst disaster of it...

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...

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...

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...