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West Virginia Mine panel proposes mine barometers after blast

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mines in West Virginia may be required to install barometers to catch the danger of explosive gas as one response to the nat...

Obama And Mine Safety: Where Is The Transparency?

blogs.wvgazette.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Last week, President Obama made some of the strongest statements anyone I've talked to remembers hearing from a U.S. President regarding mine safety. ...

Regulation and the Betweeners

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

It's amazing how crazed people get anytime somebody says "Do you want bureaucrats to get between you and your (name it)?". It's the red meat that sends red-blooded Americans into a frenzied red state of mind.

Dan Froomkin

Obama On West Virginia Mine Explosion: Fault Lies With Mine Owners And Government, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama, after meeting with his top labor and mining safety officials, declared today that last week's devastating mine explosion was triggere...

Marcus Baram

Safety Violations At Massey Mines Skyrocket: 130 In Week Since Accident

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the week since the nation's worst mine disaster in decades took the lives of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, the number of...

Dan Froomkin

Rep. George Miller Vows To Grill Mine Owners About Putting Profits Before Safety

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The chairman of a House committee is vowing to haul mine owners in front of his panel to grill them about where safety fits into their business plans....

Dan Froomkin

Was Lack Of Government Transparency A Factor In Mine Deaths?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in January, three months before the massive explosion that killed 29 miners at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia, a federal mine safety inspe...

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...

Deepest Condolences to Families of West Virginia Mine Victims

Rep. George Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. George Miller

Every day, miners show up for their shift knowing that there is a chance they may not return to their families. On a warm afternoon last Monday, the world was reminded of these dangers.

Miners' Blood on Sarah Palin's Hands

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If Palin's pro-big business, anti-government agenda were in full force today, how many more miners would have died? Putting profits ahead of American lives doesn't sound like patriotism to me.

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 ...

Missing Lesson from Mine Tragedy: Union-Busting = Death

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

With the union weakened by closed mines and the rise of untrammeled union-busting, unsafe, deadly conditions were allowed to continue unchallenged at the growing percentage of non-union mines that put profits above safety.

Dan Froomkin

Obama Administration Missed Chance To Get Tougher On Unsafe Mines

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Long before the explosion that killed at least 25 coal miners inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine on Monday, Obama administration mine safety...

Obama, MSHA Mine Safety Secretary Linda Hilda Solis, To Discuss West Virginia Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision to take personal interest in the investigation of an explosion this week that killed at least 25 coal ...

Green News Report -- April 8, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

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Quinn Shuffles State Budget To Prevent Cuts From Mine Safety Program After West Virginia Disaster

Pantagraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn plans to shuffle the state budget to make sure coal mine safety programs aren't cut because of the state's massive financial problems. ...

Green News Report -- April 6, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

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Justice for the Upper Big Branch Miners

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sec. Hilda Solis

Although there is nothing I can do to eliminate the pain and suffering of the 29 dead miners' families, I can, as the nation's top cop on the workplace beat, make sure that we bring those responsible to justice.

Temporary Restraining Order Sought to Stop Upper Big Branch Closed-Door Interviews

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The United Mine Workers and two families who lost family members in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster have asked the U.S. District Court for a temporary restraining order to stop MSHA's witness interviews.

Obama Mine Safety

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's choice to head the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration signals a dramatic shift from his predecessor on mine safety...

Poor Engineering Primed Utah Mine For Massive Collapse, Feds Say

Salt Lake Tribune | Robert Gehrke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Federal investigators determined that major engineering deficiencies left the Crandall Canyon coal mine primed for a massive pillar collapse, and tha...

Mine Safety Agency Was "Negligent" In Protecting Utah Miners

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Labor Department's Inspector General said Monday that the federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's coal miners was "negl...

Safety Fears Shut Another Murray Energy Mine In Utah

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An energy company that owned the Crandall Canyon mine where nine people were killed in two collapses last August has shut another of its Utah coal min...

4,000 Mine Safety Violations Ignored On Bush Administration Watch

Charleston (W.V.) Gazette | Ken Ward Jr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal regulators have allowed mine operators to avoid fines for thousands of health and safety citations, despite a federal law that requires moneta...

White House Opposes Mine Safety Bill

Associated Press | Jesse Holland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a mine safety bill, saying the new regulations proposed by Democrats would interfere with legislation Pr...