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Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

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How A Coal Company Can Make Whistleblowers' Lives Miserable

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators...

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A Huge Win For Miners Who Take On Big Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could have wide implications for coal miners, a federal judge has rebuked a coal company for trying to sue a Kentucky m...

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Lone Miner Takes On Big Coal And Wins -- Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that a Kentucky miner who was fired two years ago after alleging unsafe conditions at his mine ...

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Miner Takes On Coal Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Within the last 17 months, Kentucky miner Reuben Shemwell got fired from his welding job, sued by his former employer and effectively bl...

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Miner Beats Big Coal In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business

Kentucky miner Charles Scott Howard lost his job at Cumberland River Coal Co. last May, after years of butting heads with management over safety issue...

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Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green

Richard Coots, Jr. wasn’t killed in a massive explosion, and the accident that claimed him barely made a ripple of news beyond Eastern Kentucky. He ...

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How One Miner Took On Big Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- On a July morning four years ago, Charles Scott Howard left his home in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky and drove his pickup...

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Whistleblowing Miner Fired

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kentucky miner whose whistleblower case recently caught the attention of mine safety proponents on Capitol Hill was fired yesterday, h...

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House Dems: Coal Industry Rep Gave 'Questionable' Testimony On Whistleblower Retaliation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have accused a coal industry representative of giving "questionable" testimony during a hearing on mine safety reform ea...

Washington Post Nails Coal Mine Death Crisis: Big Coal Runs "Clean Coal" Ad on Same Page?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In one of the most bizarre Big Coal public relations ads yet, online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous "clean coal" a...

Why TVA Coal Investigation Matters: Interview with Former MSHA Investigator

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When wildfires consume beautiful homes in California, it headlines the evening news. But when thousands of people go without water for weeks in Appalachia, it's not "newsworthy."