Coal Mining's Perils And Politics: A Massey Energy Timeline For the past decade, Massey Energy Co. has been at the center of human and environmental disasters and political controversy. In an April 5 explosion, 29 miners were killed at the company's Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va.

Coal Mining's Perils And Politics: A Massey Energy Timeline

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