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West Virginia Coal Mine

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...

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...

West Virginia Coal Miners' Bodies Recovered

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA and TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin on Tuesday asked a former top federal mine safety official to independently investigate an explosion that k...

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...

J. Davitt McAteer, Ex-Mine Official, To Lead Probe Of West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday ordered the immediate inspection of all underground coal mines in West Virginia after an explo...

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...

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 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Both calamities occurred because elected officials who should have been creating a regulatory system instead created a system that protects the corporations it was meant to watch over.

West Virginia Coal Mine Investigation: Federal Investigators To Look Into Massey Explosion

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA and TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal investigators arrived Monday at the West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last week to begin piecing ...

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.

West Virginia Coal Mine Survivor Search

AP | DENA POTTER and PETER PRENGAMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Grieving relatives began burying victims of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster Friday as crews neared a refuge chamber de...

In West Virginia, Coal Miners' Slaughter

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Winship

This week's mine disaster is the latest in a string of environmental and safety calamities linked to Massey Energy Company and CEO Don Blankenship; Massey and Blankenship play our political system like a fiddle, a system corrupted by money and influence.

West Virginia Coal Miner Left Note Before Fatal Explosion (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"If anything happens to me, I'll be looking down from heaven at you all. I love you. Take care of my baby. Tell her that daddy loves her, she's beauti...

West Virginia Florists Make Heartfelt Arrangements For Miners' Funerals

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In the aftermath of the West Virginia mine explosion which claimed the lives of 25 coal miners, and left others missing, local florists are pouring th...

The Time is Now. We Can Wait No Longer

Gloria Reuben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gloria Reuben

Everything that has happened recently couldn't make it clearer. We have got to start weaning ourselves off fossil fuels.

Don Blankenship On Mine Disaster (VIDEO): 'We Don't Really Know What To Say About It'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ABC's Diane Sawyer grilled Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday on his company's coal mine disaster, asking whether the West Virginia mine exp...

Coal Mine Disaster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


What Killed the Miners? Profits Over Safety?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While we are still waiting for the details on the Performance Coal Co. Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that has taken at least 25 lives, reports are now coming out of the mine's history of safety violations.

Fatal U.S. Mine Disasters: A List Of Tragic Deaths In Recent Decades

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A list of some fatal mine disasters in the United States: _ 2007: Six miners, three rescuers killed in collapses at the Crandall Canyon mine in Emery...