Upper Big Branch News

U.S. Issues Mine Safety Rule on Patterns of Violations

Labor Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a final rule to strengthen safety in the nation’s most dangerous mines. Solis said that the rule, which revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations regulation, seeks to ensure …

West Virginia Mine Boss to Be Sentenced

The former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch Mine will be sentenced Oct. 4 for his actions before the disaster that killed 29 men. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger had scheduled Gary May’s sentencing for August in Beckley, but Assistant …

West Virginia Safety Bill Responds to Upper Big Branch Tragedy

A father crushed in a roof fall. A former schoolmate suffocated by poisoned air. Sharing stories of loved ones and friends killed in West Virginia’s coal mines, a unanimous House of Delegates passed safety legislation this week that largely seeks …

Federal Report: Coal Dust, Deception in Fatal West Virginia Mine Blast

The blast that killed 29 men in a West Virginia coal mine last year was probably caused by coal dust ignition, compounded by safety failings, intimidation and deception by the mine’s owner, the U.S. mine regulator said Wednesday. The Mine …

Mine Owner Massey Kept 2 Sets of Safety Records: NPR

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year kept two sets of safety records, one that it concealed from federal safety officials, National Public Radio reported Wednesday, The government-subsidized radio network …

Massey Criticizes Federal Report on West Virginia Mine Disaster

The company that owned the coal mine where 29 miners died in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades concluded the explosion was the result of unpreventable natural gas buildup and not coal dust, contradicting the findings of an …

Black Lung Disease Rising Again Among U.S. Miners

Black lung disease, long a killer of coal miners, is on the rise again after retreating in the 30 years since Congress passed tougher mine safety laws, health and safety experts said Friday. The renewed appearance of the disease emerged …

Mine Owner Massey Blamed for Deadly West Virginia Blast

The worst U.S. coal mine accident in four decades, in which 29 miners died, was “man-made” and could have been avoided if the mine owner, Massey Energy Co , had followed basic safety measures, an independent investigation concluded Thursday. The …

Feds, Shareholders at Odds Over West Virginia Mine Blast Documents

Federal prosecutors want to block Massey Energy Co. shareholders from reviewing documents gathered during civil and criminal investigations into last April’s deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. Shareholders are suing Virginia-based Massey, its officers and …

Wrongful Death Suits Filed Against Massey Over West Virginia Mine Blast

The families of two coal miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine blast in West Virginia last year filed wrongful death lawsuits against the mine’s owner, Massey Energy Co, saying it was a “catastrophe waiting to happen,” The suits …