Tue March 22, 2011
The Two-Way

New Criminal Charges Stem From W.Va. Mine Explosion Investigation

Originally published on Tue March 22, 2011 5:24 pm

The criminal investigation into last April's deadly coal mine explosion in West Virginia has produced a second set of charges.

But, like the first, the new two-count criminal "information" just filed by the U.S. Attorney in Charleston, W. Va., does not directly involve the April 5 blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine, which killed 29 mine workers and injured two others.

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Mon February 28, 2011
Mine Safety in America

Massey Safety Chief Indicted in Mine Disaster Probe

Federal agents arrested a Massey Energy chief of security Monday on charges of lying to the FBI and obstructing the criminal investigation into last year's deadly mine disaster in West Virginia.

Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, of Clear Fork, W.Va., was indicted on Feb. 25. The indictment is the first in the mine disaster investigation and was unsealed after Stover's arrest Monday.

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Wed February 2, 2011

Rare Earth Metals Crunch Prompts Concern in West

Denver-based Molycorp's Mountain Pass Mine in California
photo courtesy of Molycorp

Rare earth metals such as cerium and tantalum are needed to make everything from iPods and hybrid car batteries to wind turbines.  China is the world’s biggest producer of rare earths.  And the country’s looming decision to cut off exports could put a major strain on global supply. This has some technical colleges in the West ramping up their curriculum to train students to meet future demand. 

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Fri January 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Massey Continues To Shift Blame For Mine Explosion

Ten days after the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported its working theory about the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, mine owner Massey Energy presented its latest findings Friday to reporters and the families of the 29 miners killed.

"Our conclusion to date is different," said Massey Vice President and General Counsel Shane Harvey.

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Wed January 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds Illustrate Likely Cause Of Big Branch Mine Blast

Investigators from the Mine Safety and Health Administration today briefed reporters on what they believe caused the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 in West Virginia last April.

Their working theory about the blast confirmed much of what we've already reported in our stories this morning and last Friday.

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