June 1, 2012 Citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) say managers at one mine failed to evacuate a section that was enveloped in thick smoke generated by a malfunctioning conveyor belt. The company disputes that finding.
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 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.
At an April 25, 2010, service in Beckley, W. Va., for the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch explosion, helmets — placed on crosses — were lined up in their honor.
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February 23, 2012 While a state review of the 2010 disaster that killed 29 coal miners isn't as pointed in assigning blame as some other reports, it does single out weaknesses in state laws that make it difficult to hold those responsible accountable.
February 22, 2012 Federal prosecutors in Charleston, W.Va., have filed the most serious criminal charges yet in the investigation of the April, 2010, coal mine explosion that left 29 mine workers dead.
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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 7, 2011 After issuing a scathing report and reaching a $209 million settlement, officials are moving ahead on an internal probe of the agency that regulates mines and a federal criminal investigation of the disaster that killed 29 miners.
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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 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.
May 31, 2011 NPR and The Charleston Gazette asked for materials to be made public. The justices opened up the initial injunction request and the response to it filed by some Massey executives. Massey operated the West Virginia mine where 29 men died last year.
May 27, 2011 Massey operated the West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an April 2010 explosion. "The filings in this case likely will shed new light on Massey's acts and or omissions in relation to this tragedy," the NPR-Gazette motion argues.
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