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Coal Mines

More Road Blockades of Peabody Coal's Dead End: Judy's Rock Film Chronicles Strip Mine Showdown in Southern Illinois (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

While Peabody Energy may have hired a notorious public relations firm to hawk its international ad campaign, a village trustee and her rural farming community have exposed the devastating legacy of the world's largest coal company near its historic Illinois beginnings.

21 Killed In China Coal Mine Accident

AP | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

BEIJING -- China says 21 coal miners have been killed and four more are missing following an accident inside a mine in the southern province of Guizho...

My Family Is Blue Collar

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

Pop worked in the mines and died of black lung at age 74. He would have been amazed and angry at the fact that blue collar workers are likely to vote Republican. I can hear Pop now: "Don't they know how they're being conned?"

Does Coal Country Have Tourism Potential?

AP | By VICKI SMITH | Posted 02.27.2012 | Travel

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Some of the bloodiest and most important moments in the American labor movement happened in the coalfields of southern West Virgi...

RFK, Jr. Says Massey Coal 'Offensive To The Public Interest'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

Should a corporation with a track record of frequent legal violations be allowed to operate? Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Free Speech For People say no....

How Many More Must Die?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Here in the United States, you can get more jail time for harassing a burro on federal land than for killing a worker through workplace negligence. We must do more to ensure worker safety.

On Climate, Energy, Oil Rigs: First, Do No Harm

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

United States action on global warming is long overdue. But energy industry lobbyists and their Senate allies have thwarted the best efforts of three ...

Man Dies At Pocahontas Coal Mine Listed By Congressman

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Surprise Coal Mine Inspections: Feds Target 57 'Problem' Mines

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 60 problem U.S. coal mines have been hit with surprise inspections aimed at preventing another explosion like the one...

Mountaintop Removal: Reclamation Fail

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

Mountaintop removal has yielded little economic development on reclaimed mine lands in Appalachia, despite the abundance of landscapes available for post-mining economic activity.

Former Coal Mines Turned Into Beekeeping Havens

Planet Green | Jaymi Heimbuch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

By federal law, coal companies have to restore the land they used back to an as-good-or-better condition than it was in when they started mining. Howe...