West Virginia Mining Disasters
Gov. Joe Manchin has called for a temporary halt to coal mining in West Virginia after the deaths of 16 men in four accidents since Jan. 2. Manchin wants mining to cease until safety checks can be conducted. The deadliest incident was at the Sago mine, where 12 men died.
February 1, 2011 April's deadly blast at a West Virginia coal mine continues to be a drain on Massey Energy's profits.
May 3, 2006 A rescuer testifying at a public hearing into West Virginia's Sago mine disaster admits to mistakenly saying the trapped miners were alive, when in fact the sole survivor had been located. The rescuer nearly broke down while describing finding the dead miners.
April 27, 2006 At least four emergency air packs issued at the Sago Mine failed to function, says West Virginia coal miner Randal McCloy. The lone survivor of the Jan. 2 disaster, in which 12 miners died, detailed the failures in a letter to the families of those who died after an explosion trapped them underground.
February 3, 2006 Coal miners around the country are being asked to review safety procedures Monday. The move comes after a series of accidents in West Virginia that killed 16 coal miners. As energy prices have soared, more coal mines have reopened in Appalachia, including some of the mines involved in the accidents.
January 23, 2006 West Virginia's state legislature has quickly passed a bill aimed at giving miners a better chance of surviving accidents. Gov. Joe Manchin submitted the bill, which calls for faster notification when an accident occurs and additional oxygen supply underground
January 22, 2006 Two workers were found dead yesterday after an underground fire at a mine in Melville, West Virginia. This comes just weeks after 12 miners died at another West Virginia mine. Congressional hearings begin Monday into the Sago mine disaster in West Virginia three weeks ago.
January 13, 2006 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has appointed former federal mine safety official Davitt McAteer to head a special state investigation into conditions in the coal industry. The probe comes after an explosion at the Sago coal mine that killed 12 miners. Anna Sale of West Virginia Public Radio reports.
January 13, 2006 Mine disaster vigils like the one in West Virginia last week have played out across the nation's Appalachian mountains for decades. Frank Langfitt, NPR's Labor and Workplace Correspondent, has covered them before and writes about this sad ritual.