The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Montcoal Mine Disaster

Montcoal Mine Disaster
  • obama Explosion kills 29 in worst mine tragedy in 40 years

    December 31, 2010 1 Photo

  • ubb 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.

    October 6, 2010 2 Photos

  • 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.

    October 1, 2010

  • 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.

    September 28, 2010

  • 11MinerFamily Upper Big Branch mine disaster -- Special online section

    Ongoing coverage of the Montcoal mine disaster and related coal mining and safety stories.

    September 28, 2010 1 Photo 4 Slideshows

  • 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.

    September 28, 2010

  • 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.

    September 25, 2010


    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.

    September 23, 2010

  • 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.

    September 22, 2010

  • 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.

    September 22, 2010

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