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West Virginia Coal Mine

Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline

Joe Solomon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers.

Mining for Potential in West Virginia

Constance Spencer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Constance Spencer

These were talented, high-achieving, hardworking students who, in any other setting, would have just expected to pick from top colleges and knew they had the capability to be successful, but not in West Virginia.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: One Of The Most Seductive Environmental Documentaries Of The Year

Greg Archer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Eco patriotism gets a delicious and effective makeover in Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. And leave it to two enterprising lesbian f...

Dave Jamieson

Mine Disaster Families Plead With Congress: 'It's Been Two Years' (VIDEO) | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than two years after losing their loved ones, relatives of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster traveled from West V...

Miner Dies At West Virginia Coal Mine

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | Green

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - A coal miner was fatally injured at an Alpha Natural Resources Inc mine in West Virginia over the weekend, the compan...

Conyers, Coal, and the Future of West Virginia

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

My daughter is an 11th-generation West Virginian, and by the time she is ready to raise a family, I worry that our state will have been driven off a cliff by the leaders of today who refused to embrace the clean energy future.

Profiles in Courage

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Maybe there is some merit to electing to high office senior citizens whose better days in public service are supposedly behind them.

Massey CEO Don Blankenship's Bad Week Ahead

Swamp Politics | Kim Geiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship has a tough week ahead. Blankenship, whose actions at the Massey helm have been under scrutiny after a massive e...

How Much Is A Miner's Life Worth To Massey Coal Company?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy Company which runs the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed earlier this month in an explosion...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

For companies putting profits over people, paying fines for breaking the law has become part of the cost of doing business. So, in the week following the deadliest mining accident in 40 years, it was business as usual for Massey Energy: the company received 130 "significant and substantial" safety violations -- those that present a direct risk to the health and safety of workers. That's why it was great to hear the president raise the possibility of criminal prosecutions resulting from the West Virginia tragedy. He should do the same for Wall Street. Otherwise Goldman Sachs will end up writing a big check for its investment fraud and quickly return to gaming the system. Only criminal prosecutions will finally bring true accountability to corporate America and restore the moral underpinnings essential for a healthy free enterprise system.

Letter From Paris: An Appalachian Spring

Beth Arnold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Arnold

This Spring, as this cloud of volcanic ash flows over the skies of France, I think of the West Virginia miners who died last week and their grieving families. Appalachia is also a personal subject for me.

NPR Finds High Injury Rates At Many Massey Mines | Emily Corio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

National Public Radio's new investigative team recently looked into safety records on Massey Energy mines and found that ten have injury rates higher ...

West Virginia Governor Orders Immediate Mine Inspections | Mannix Porterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Manchin called it a "stand-down" and told reporters Wednesday he expects all mine operators and workers to honor the idea. "This is not a day off," t...

Massey CEO Discusses Benefits For Miners' Families

Charleston Daily Mail | Ry Rivard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy has established a 20-member team of company executives to attend wakes and funerals for the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch M...

Who Were The West Virginian Miners?

The Time West Virginian | John Raby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The 29 killed in the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since 1970 leave behind sons and daughters, parents, grandchildren and a network of friends in th...

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...

West Virginia's Coal Mining Blog

The Charleston Gazette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This Charleston Gazette blog attempts to build on the newspaper's longtime coverage of all things coal -- with a focus on mountaintop removal, coal-mi...

Despite Disaster, Coal Mining Continues Forward

The Times West Virginian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Time stopped five days ago for the families of 29 coal miners killed in the devastating explosion at Upper Big Branch mine. As thousands waited, hopi...

West Virginia Legislator Speaks About Coal Industry

Charleston Daily Mail | Ry Rivard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R.W-Va., says coal's place in America is being broadly questioned following the explosion last week at a Massey Energy mine...

West Virginia Mine Disaster (PHOTOS)

The Charleston Gazette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

View a slideshow of photographs by Charleston Gazette staff and the Associated Press of images from the aftermath of the explosion at the Upper Big Br...

How Will The Obama Administration Investigate The West Virginia Mine Disaster?

The Charleston Gazette's Coal Tattoo Blog | Ken Ward Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Sometime this morning, investigators from state and federal agencies are expected to gather at the Mine Safety and Health Academy outside Beckley to b...

Memorial For The Miners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The pews were packed Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fayette County for a Memorial Service for the 29 coal miners killed last wee...

Don Blankenship Called Safety Regulators ‘As Silly As Global Warming'

Think Progress | Brad Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

At his Labor Day anti-union rally last year, Massey CEO Don Blankenship attacked the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), claiming it "seeks ...

The West Virginia Mining Disaster and the Financial Crisis Have the Same Root Cause

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Justice -- of sorts -- was finally delivered as Donald Blankenship, the former Chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, was convicted of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at the Upper Branch Mine in West Virginia, where 29 workers died in April 2010. Here's a blog I wrote about it a few months after the disaster.

Standing Up for Coal Miners

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

Some things have changed over the years. Mining is now much less labor intensive. Some things have not changed. It is still dangerous. Miners keep dying in the Upper Branch Mine.