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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 lesbia...

Ex-Superintendent Faces Sentencing For Mine Disaster

AP | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former superintendent at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine — where an explosion killed 29 — will learn his fate afte...

West Virginia Coal Accident Turns Deadly

AP | By VICKI SMITH | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Separate accidents at two West Virginia coal operations Friday left one worker dead, two others ...

West Virginia Revokes Coal Dust Rules

AP | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have withdrawn two rules addressing what mine operators must do to tamp down explosive coal dust. ...

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...

WV Coal Mines Sued For Allegedly Violating Clean Water Laws

AP | PAM RAMSEY | Posted 07.10.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Alpha Natural Resources Inc. subsidiaries are being sued by environmental groups who claim selenium discharges at a sur...

Coal Mine Sealed After Deadly Blast

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 06.05.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men two years ago Thursday will be permanently sealed with concret...

Official: Coal Mines Warning When Inspectors Show Up

AP | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Mine Safety and Health Administration says coal companies are still illegally warning miners when federal inspectors ar...

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...

Former Security Chief Convicted In West Virginia Coal Mine Disaster

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA | Posted 12.26.2011 | Green

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The only person prosecuted so far in the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in decades was convicted Wednesday of lying to investi...

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.

Labor Deal made For Thousands Of Miners

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers said Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with coal producers that employ thousands of ...

Doomed West Virginia Miners Warned Of Coal Dust

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

JULIAN, W.Va. — About the time Michael Elswick was wrapping up work deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine, he phoned a colleague on the surface ...

West Virginia Mine Explosion Investigator: Methane May Be Bubbling Up

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

UPDATE: Scroll down for full story: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal official says a handheld meter found deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine det...

Coal Giant: Don't 'Rush To Judgment' Blaming Us For West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A 36-foot crack in the Upper Big Branch mine isn't venting methane and didn't contribute to a blast in April that killed 29 ...

Doomed West Virginia Mine Slated To REOPEN Despite Ongoing Investigations

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy plans to resume extracting coal by constructing a new entrance to its Upper Big Branch mine within months, des...

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...

Massey Mine Disaster Investigation: Initial Probe Will Be Conducted Behind Closed Doors

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have decided not to convene a public hearing in the early stages of their investigation into the deadly explosio...

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 ...