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.
April 16, 2013 The Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are among the infamous and sometimes horrific moments that have occurred during the month of April.
April 8, 2013 One critic said it was a travesty that Congress had not acted three years after the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.
February 4, 2013 The Charleston Gazette reports that mine regulators found hundreds of violations but haven't issued any citations.
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.
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.
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.