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Coal Mine Accident Turns Tragic

AP | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green

HARLAN, Ky. -- A coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an apparent wall collapse in an underground eastern Kentucky mine. State official...

Wyoming Coal Mine Slapped With Safety Violations

AP | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Federal mining regulators hit a southwestern Wyoming coal mine with more than two dozen safety violations this week, ranging fro...

Illinois DNR Rejects Coal Mine Application

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois rejected an application for a permit for a strip coal mine that opponents claimed would have threatened a tiny village's w...

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Miner Dies On Morning Of Memorial Ceremony

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.27.2012 | Green

WHITESVILLE, W.Va. -- As some gathered in Whitesville Friday for the unveiling of the official Upper Big Branch mine disaster memorial, others were mo...

40 Trapped In Collapsed Coal Mine

AP | Posted 09.25.2012 | World

BEIJING — Fifty-three rescuers have been freed after becoming trapped while trying to save five coal miners stuck underground when a tunnel coll...

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...

40 Chinese Miners Stuck; Emergency Crews Race To Rescue

AP | Posted 09.01.2011 | Green

BEIJING — A buildup of volatile gas hampered rescue efforts in one Chinese coal mine and high levels of water slowed them in another as emergenc...

Black Lung Blockbuster: Democracy Now Interview with Upper Big Branch Investigator on New Report (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In an in-depth interview, independent Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster investigator J. Davitt McAteer discussed his new report on Massey Energy's "systematic failure to comply with the law" on numerous levels.

AT LEAST 27 Missing In New Zealand Coal Mine Disaster

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Search efforts for 29 workers missing after a powerful blast tore through a coal mine in New Zealand were stalled Satu...

TRAGIC: 17-Year Old Was Among Miners Now Declared Dead

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A teenage boy who was on the job for just one hour is among the 29 New Zealand coal miners trapped after last Friday's explosion, the New Zealand Hera...

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 ...

Utah Approves Strip Mine Near Bryce Canyon National Park

AP | PAUL FOY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY — A coal company claimed victory Tuesday when a Utah state board rejected a legal challenge brought by environmental groups that ...

Mine Inspection 'Blitz' Nets 128 Violations At West Virginia Mines

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training says mine inspectors issued more than 100 citations for violati...

Senators Grill Massey CEO Don Blankenship On Safety At Upper Big Branch Mine

AOL News | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (May 20) -- The coal baron who runs the West Virginia mine that last month saw the deadliest U.S. mine accident in 40 years came unbowed to...

Raspadskaya Coal Mine Blast Kills 12, Traps 83 In Russia

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Rescue workers scrambled to save 83 people trapped in Russia's largest underground coal mine after two explosions killed at least 12 pe...

Mine Safety Hearing: Massey CEO Don Blankenship Won't Appear Before Senate Committee

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The government will start going directly to federal court to shut down mines that make a habit of ignoring safety, the nation's top...

Man Dies At Pocahontas Coal Mine Listed By Congressman

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Massey Energy Arranged Jet For West Virginia Governor's Flight After Mine Blast

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's governor flew back to the state hours after last week's deadly mine explosion on a jet provided by the mine'...

George Miller Names 48 Mines Avoiding Scrutiny By Contesting Safety Violations

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of a congressional panel that oversees mine safety on Wednesday released a list of 48 mines that could face greater sc...

Computer Glitch Missed Eight Safety Violations At Upper Big Branch Mine

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A computer error prevented the West Virginia coal mine where 29 workers died in an explosion last week from receiving a warning abo...

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...

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...

Don Blankenship: Investors, Politicians Begin Calling For Massey Head To Resign

Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The calls to oust Massey Energy Company Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship began in earnest Monday, with members of both the private and public sectors ...

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 ...

Upper Big Branch Mine: Crews Begin Recovering Bodies

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mine crews have started the solemn task of bringing the victims of this week's underground coal mine explosion to the surfac...