September 24, 2013 Gary May claims his attorney colluded with attorneys for the mining company to avoid testimony implicating Massey in his crimes.
Mine helmets and painted crosses at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine, as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there.
September 10, 2013 David Hughart is now the highest-ranking former executive of Massey Energy to go to jail for crimes related to the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.
Former Chairman and CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship in 2010.
Alex Wong/Getty Images
February 28, 2013 Don Blankenship was implicated by another Massey executive who was pleading guilty to two conspiracy counts for his role in providing advance warnings to miners underground when federal inspectors arrived on the surface for surprise safety inspections.
February 4, 2013 The Charleston Gazette reports that mine regulators found hundreds of violations but haven't issued any citations.
November 28, 2012 David C. Hughart, former president of a Massey Energy subsidiary, is pleading guilty. The charges relate to a corporate culture that investigators say contributed to the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years. Twenty nine miners died at one of Massey's West Virginia mines in a 2010 explosion.
October 31, 2012 One of the 13 coal mines singled out by inspectors was once owned by Massey Energy, the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine, the scene of a deadly 2010 explosion. Two others are owned by Murray Energy, whose Crandall Canyon coal mine experienced two collapses in 2007, killing nine miners and rescuers.
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.
Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images
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.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/147252153/147267456" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
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.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/143255354/143254967" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
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.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor