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Public gathers six months after tragedy
Dozens of family members and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday, the six month anniversary of the Upper Big Branch explosion that cost 29 miners their lives.
Massey: Feds damaged evidence at UBB mine
Federal investigators damaged evidence in the deadly explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch coal mine, owner Massey Energy Co. charged Thursday.
State aims to finish UBB explosion probe by mid-2011
West Virginia is targeting summer 2011 to finish investigating the nation’s deadliest coal mine explosion since 1970, the state’s mine safety chief said. However, he said the date is merely a goal and investigators will take as long as they need to determine what caused the Upper Big Branch explosion.
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MSHA sets screening process for mines
Federal regulators have implemented new measures for identifying the nation’s most dangerous mines, replacing what U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis had called a “badly broken” process.
Massey cited for hundreds of W.Va. violations
Federal regulators have accused Massey Energy of failing to fix a dozen safety violations at the West Virginia mine where 29 miners died in an explosion.
ADDRESSING MINE SAFETY
After decades of progress in terms of coal mine safety, a series of mine-related tragedies in the first decade of the 21st century has forced coal operators to take a new look at the way they address mine safety.
Blankenship blasts MSHA at symposium
Don Blankenship, chairman and chief executive officer of Massey Energy, called the federal investigation into the April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners at Upper Big Branch “MSHA-gate,” and publicly made his case that the government lied about the ventilation plan he claimed federal regulators forced Massey to use at the mine.
Mine agency has new dust rule after blast
The government announced an emergency rule Tuesday that will require underground mines to do more to control explosive coal dust following the deadliest U.S. coal mine explosion in 40 years, the first major federal regulatory change since the disaster.
UBB miners’ notes warned of coal dust
About the time Michael Elswick was wrapping up work deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine, he phoned a colleague on the surface with an ominous if relatively routine report.
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