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Settlements Reported in West Virginia Mine Blast That Killed 29

Coal company Alpha Natural Resources has reached settlements with all the families of the miners killed in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades, a lawyer for two of the families said on Wednesday. Mark Moreland told Reuters the …

Questions Raised About Federal Probe of West Virginia Mine Blast

Newly disclosed records show U.S. Labor Department officials stopped independent investigators from questioning how federal regulators handled methane leaks from the floor of the Upper Big Branch mine several times before last year’s disaster. In April 2010, 29 men died …

Firm to Pay $209M Over West Virginia Blast That Killed 29

Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay $1.5 million to each of the families of 29 miners killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia last year. The payments – part of a …

Alpha Says Safety Improving at Massey Mines

The number of mine injuries has been cut in the five months since Alpha Natural Resources bought Massey Energy, which had owned the coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year, Alpha’s CEO said Thursday. “The year-to-date …

Ex-Mine Official Convicted in Deadly West Virginia Disaster

The former security chief at a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died last year was convicted of two felonies Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, was convicted by a federal jury of making false …

Parties Mum on $35M West Virginia Coal Slurry Settlement

Lawyers, plaintiffs and others are remaining quiet about a $35 million settlement with hundreds of people who say a Massey Energy subsidiary poisoned their wells with coal slurry. More than 300 people gathered at the Kanawha County Courthouse last week …

Massey Wants to Know How $35M West Virginia Settlement Became Public

Lawyers for Massey Energy Co. want to know who violated the confidentiality of a $35 million settlement agreement reached with hundreds of West Virginia residents who say the mining company poisoned their wells with coal slurry. In a motion filed …

Mining Rule on Coal Dust Becomes Permanent

Federal regulators are making permanent an emergency rule implemented last year requiring underground mines to do more to control explosive coal dust. The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the final rule this past Monday. The rule was issued last …