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Never Again: Don Blankenship-Funded Video Absolves Don Blankenship in Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Deaths

Don Blankenship's hubris is surpassed only by his greed. The “ Dark Lord of Coal Country, ”  as the former CEO of Massey Energy has been called, is using the fourth anniversary of the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine explosion not to honor...Show More Summary

Coal Rush Kids! Illinois Votes to Keep Big Coal in Schools

While coal mining families in West Virginia and across the country mourned the fourth anniversary of the tragic Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster last week, hailed by US Attorney R. Booth Goodwin II as "a conspiracy to violate mine...Show More Summary

Massey Mine Explosion: Gary May Asks 4th Cir. to Vacate Sentence

You may recall Gary May, the former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for hindering U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration investigations into the massive Massey mine explosion back in 2010 that killed 29 miners. He is now asking the Fourth Circuit Court of......

Scary, but for the wrong reasons: Halloween mining disaster "attraction"

Three and a half years ago, 29 miners died in Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. About 300 miles east from the locale of that tragedy, up until a day or two ago, you could walk through a "haunted" Halloween maze called The Miners' Revenge at King's Dominion theme park. The "attraction" was described this way: "Alone in the...

Kings Dominion 'Insensitive' For 'Miner's Revenge' Attraction

6 months agoNews : The Two-Way

The attraction, part of the theme park's "Halloween Haunt" event, was seen by many as in poor taste due to the region's familiarity with mine disasters, in particular the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion in West Virginia which killed 29 miners.

The Epic Rise and Fall of Don Blankenship, former Massey Energy CEO

Three years ago, 29 miners died at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine. It was the worst mining disaster in decades, caused by a methane-fueled blast that was so strong it killed miners more than a mile away and left steel rail lines...Show More Summary

Three years after the Upper Big Branch disaster

Three years ago today, a tremendous blast caused by unsafe conditions at now-defunct Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., killed 29 miners. It was the worst coal mine disaster in this country in 40 years. Read full article >>

UBB mine disaster: the plot thickens as former CEO Blankenship implicated

In the ongoing saga of the federal investigation into the April 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that resulted in the deaths of 29 miners, things recently took a dramatic turn. The legal-criminal proceedings have resulted in four convictions to date. Now, in the most recent proceedings, a top Massey official has implicated former CEO Don Blakenship. According to a...

Don Blankenship, Dark Lord of Coal Country, Implicated in Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Deaths

Just under three years ago, an explosion in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia stole the lives of 29 miners. Many were quick to condemn Massey Energy -- the coal giant that operated the mine -- for their long record...Show More Summary

Next, Dick Cheney Presents His Thoughts on Hunting Safety

Coal mine baron and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed in an explosion in 2010, shares his thoughts on mine safety. Understand that Blankenship is famous for his contempt for safety regulations. In fact, Blankenship’s overall behavior leads one to the word “psychopath.” At [...]

Coal Mine Inspection Sweep Targets Cause Of Black Lung

last yearNews : The Two-Way

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 2012 explosion. Two others are owned by Murray Energy, whose Crandall Canyon coal mine experienced two collapses in 2007, killing nine miners and rescuers.

On 2nd Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Documentary Explores Lasting Impacts of Mountaintop Removal

Explore Coal Documentary.png Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine disaster that claimed the lives of 29 coal miners. will premiere a special show tonight at 9pm EST called “Explore:...Show More Summary

Two Years After Mine Disaster, Coal Lobby Is Still Growing

Two years ago today, the Upper Big Branch mine exploded, killing 29 miners and injuring two others. In the months after, it became clear that the mine's owner, Massey Energy, had flouted safety regulations and tried to game the system. Now its CEO is gone and the company's been sold -- but the coal industry is only spending more on politicians and lobbyists.

Jeff Biggers: After Upper Big Branch: New Film Reveals the Lives and Dreams Along Coal River Valley

Annenberg Weingarten's gift, like the very heritage he explores, is a wonderful legacy, and one that the rest of the nation needs to know as they flip on their lights and electricity each day.

Two Years After W. Va. Mine Disaster: Grief, Anger And Questions Linger

2 years agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

Upper Big Branch mine to be permanently sealed

The Upper Big Branch coal mine, where 91 people were killed in a blast two years ago Thursday, will be permanently sealed by the summer. Crews will seal with concrete the portals that allow entry to the mine, plug boreholes and cap mine fan shafts, said the mine's new owners Alpha Natural Resources. "Though two [...]

Massey Mine Boss Pleads Guilty As Feds Target Execs

2 years agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

Independent panel says federal regulators partly to blame for fatal Massey mine blast

A scathing report by an independent panel has blamed federal regulators for failing to take steps that might have prevented the disaster that killed 29 workers at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine two years ago. Read full articl...

Federal regulators “could have prevented” West Virginia mine disaster, report concludes

On April 5, 2010, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 men. Up until now, responsibility for the deaths has fallen squarely on the then-owners of the mine, Massey Energy, for violating safety standards. But...Show More Summary

Hughie Stover to Appeal Upper Big Branch Cover-Up Conviction

Hughie Stover, the security chief found guilty of lying to investigators in the Upper Big Branch mine investigation, will appeal his conviction to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Stover’s attorney, William Wilmoth, claims that District Judge Irene Berger erred in denying the defense’s requests for jury instructions, acquittal, and......

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