West Virginia

7:48am

Sat April 9, 2011
Mine Safety In America

Questions Remain Year After W. Va. Mine Explosion

One year ago tonight, mine rescuers discovered the remains of the last four missing coal miners deep inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

There had been hope that the four had made it to refuge chambers and were still alive. Optimistic rescuers carried four sets of breathing apparatus with them, hoping they would be used to bring the miners safely to the surface. The bodies of 25 other miners were found four days earlier.

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12:25pm

Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Lawsuit Claims Some Miners Survived Initial Massey Mine Blast

Originally published on Wed April 6, 2011 6:29 am

Coal miner boots and a lunch pail sat on the stage of the New Life Assembly church in Whitesville, W.Va., last April 11 during a Sunday service dedicated to the memory of the miners who were killed.
Kayana Szymczak Getty Images

A new lawsuit filed by the widow of a victim of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster runs counter to claims by government officials that all but one of the 29 miners killed died instantly and without suffering.

The lawsuit was filed in the circuit court in Boone County, W.Va., by Geneva Lynch. Her husband, William Roosevelt Lynch, was among nine Massey Energy coal miners riding in a mantrip — or shuttle car — within two miles of the entrance of the mine when the April 5, 2010, explosion occurred.

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5:00pm

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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6:01pm

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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4:16pm

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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