Owners of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine have settled wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of 29 men who died in an April 2010 explosion, an attorney representing two of the miners' estates said Wednesday.
The operators of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine dodged federal safety rules and hid violations before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men, a scathing report on the disaster concluded Tuesday.
A "perfect storm was brewing" in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine in the weeks and days before a fireball tore through it on April 5, 2010, killing 29 miners and injuring one severely, according to a just-released report by the Governor's Independent Investigation Panel.
The governor of West Virginia unveiled a new, specially equipped truck Tuesday designed to help rescue trapper miners -- part of that state's response to last year's Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, which resulted in 29 deaths.
Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that was the site of a tragic explosion last April, was acquired by rival Alpha Natural Resources in a $7.1 billion deal, the companies announced Saturday.
The rescue of 33 trapped men in Chile brings home vividly the hazards of mining. How do we defend this very blue-collar occupation, which claimed the life of my grandfather, some of his friends and almost killed me, when I was actually pinned between a rock and a hard place?
"Hi Deb and Sara. I'm still OK at 2:40 pm. I don't know what is going on here and outside. We don't hear any attempts at drilling or rescue. The section is full of smoke and fumes so we can't escape. We are all still alive at this time."
A top federal mine safety official said Tuesday that existing laws and regulations have not been properly enforced but pledged that his agency will now use all its powers after the West Virginia mine disaster that killed 29 people.
West Virginia's governor on Tuesday named a former head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to lead a state investigation into last week's coal mine explosion that left 29 miners dead.
Recovery crews worked in a West Virginia coal mine Monday, hoping to bring out by late afternoon the last nine bodies remaining there out of the 29 miners who died in an explosion a week ago, officials said.
Efforts were under way Sunday to reventilate a sprawling West Virginia coal mine so crews can recover the bodies of 22 miners who died in an explosion Monday, authorities said. Seven bodies were removed soon after the blast.
As this week's explosion in a West Virginia mine proved, coal mining is still a very dangerous job. The mining accident in Upper Big Branch Mine killed 25, making it the worst coal mining disaster in 25 years.
Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, has a lot of explaining to do this week. His company owns the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., site of the most fatal mining disaster in decades. Even though the cause of Monday's explosion, which claimed 25 lives, has yet to be determined, questions are already flying about the coal company's safety standards.
An explosion at the Massey Energy Co. mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, killed at least 25 miners. The cause of the explosion had not been determined as rescuers worked Tuesday to bore ventilation holes into the Upper Big Branch Mine. This is a chronological list of notable coal mine accidents in the United States over the last century. The list is not all-inclusive. * December 6, 1907 -- Worst coal mine disaster in U.S. history: 362 miners are killed in an explosion at the Monongah Nos. 6 and 8 Coal Mines in Monongah, West Virginia.