May 24, 2012 Dozens of federal mine safety inspectors descended into 43 coal mines in three Appalachian states Wednesday. The mines are now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, which absorbed Massey Energy after a 2010 mine disaster in West Virginia.
April 5, 2012 On April 5, 2010, an explosion killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine. Today, families will remember those who died. Meanwhile, some are pressing a lawsuit against executives of the company that ran the mine. Its new owners are sealing the mine.
March 29, 2012 The plea from the former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia is a key step in the effort to seek criminal charges further up the corporate ladder at Massey Energy.
March 29, 2012 Gary May is the highest-ranking Massey Energy official so far charged after an investigation into operations at the mine where a blast killed 29 men in April 2010.
March 27, 2012 The agency argued the operator's intentional evasion of the law was to blame for the mine blast.
Mine helmets and painted crosses sat at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine on April 5, as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there one year earlier.
March 6, 2012 But it said its failures did not directly contribute to the blast, which killed 29 coal miners in 2010.
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February 29, 2012 Hughie Stover was convicted in October of lying to investigators and attempting to destroy evidence during the federal criminal investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years.
February 13, 2012 The members of the team spent 20 months away from their homes before releasing a final report in December. But the tour of the White House will be self-guided.
January 10, 2012 The task was emotionally charged, because it amounted to putting a price tag on the lives of coal miners killed in the country's deadliest mine disaster.
December 6, 2011 Twenty-nine men were killed in the April 2010 disaster. Former Massey Energy executives could still face criminal charges. Also today, one of the company's subsidiaries was fined $10.8 million — the biggest such fine ever.
October 28, 2011 The U.S. Attorney for West Virginia tells the Charleston Gazette that prosecutors are exploring more serious charges against senior Massey Energy officials in last year's deadly explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch mine.
October 26, 2011 Former Massey Energy security chief Hughie Stover was found guilty of trying to destroy evidence in the investigation of last year's deadly explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch coal mine.
October 25, 2011 In a scathing report, the United Mine Workers condemns Massey Energy for its actions before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.
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June 1, 2011 Massey Energy, which operated the West Virginia mine where 29 men died last year, is being absorbed by Alpha Natural Resources.
May 31, 2011 While the mining company says the allegation is "at best frivolous," the court documents filed by some institutional investors claim Alpha Natural Resources' takeover of the company would shield Massey executives from liability.
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