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Upper Big Branch Coal Mine

Mine Disaster Victims' Relatives Say They're Still Owed Millions

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay th...

Ex-CEO Implicated In West Virginia Mine Disaster Case

AP | JOHN RABY and VICKI SMITH | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The chief executive at the time of the deadly West Virginia mine explosion was implicated by a former longtime subordinate Thur...

Report: Inspectors Missed Problems Before WV Mine Accident

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors either missed problems at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine or failed to inspect the areas where the...

Not Above the Law: Revoking Massey Energy's Charter

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

On Friday, two public interest groups asked the attorney general of Delaware to revoke the charter of Massey Energy, a company they call a criminal enterprise.

The Year of Living Dangerously in Power Generation

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Over the past 12 months, we've had caved-in coal mines, underwater oil spills and now compromised nuclear facilities. What does it take for us to accept that renewable energy is the way to go?

Officials Find Signs of Excessive Coal Dust in Mine That Exploded

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

Federal investigators searching for the cause of the April 5 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster have collected evidence suggesting that the mine owner, Massey Energy, failed to adequately control coal dust.

Doomed West Virginia Mine Slated To REOPEN Despite Ongoing Investigations

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy plans to resume extracting coal by constructing a new entrance to its Upper Big Branch mine within months, des...

Massey and Mine Safety and Health Administration Missed Many Opportunities to Avert Crisis

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

Given what we know from a 2006 crisis at another Massey Energy mine, why was the company not on a heightened alert to these fire-fighting equipment problems at Upper Big Branch?

Jason Linkins

Network Coverage Of Mining Disaster Fails To Note Absence Of Unionization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CJR's Liz Cox Barrett encourages others to "send the link" to this piece from Andrew Tyndall's Tyndall Report on the coverage of the Upper Big Branch ...

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.

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, And Damn Good People

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Burns Strider

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.

WV Mining Disaster CEO: "It's Survival of the Fittest"

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

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