West Virginia

3:43am

Tue December 6, 2011
U.S.

Settlement Reported In West Virginia Mine Disaster

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 1:32 pm

The owner of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine is reportedly ready to pay slightly more than $200 million to settle civil and criminal claims resulting from the explosion that killed 29 people last year.

The settlement was first reported by the Charleston Gazette, and some details were confirmed by NPR. A private briefing about the settlement is scheduled Tuesday morning for the families of the victims. A public announcement is set later in the morning.

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8:30am

Tue October 25, 2011

3:18pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds Still Finding Problems At Old Massey Mines

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 4:04 pm

Federal mine safety regulators have discovered false reporting of accidents and injuries at two West Virginia coal mines once owned by Massey Energy, which also owned the mine hit by a deadly explosion last year.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says the Randolph and Justice No. 1 mines in Boone County, W.Va., inaccurately reported or neglected to report 24 injuries last year that resulted in 1,125 lost days of work.

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12:42pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Mine Safety In America

Mine Disaster Probe Finds Intimidation, False Papers

West Virginia State Police direct traffic at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, W.Va., April 5, 2010.
AP

Choosing safety over production was a firing offense at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine, according to a federal investigation of last year's deadly explosion there.

Investigators reported Wednesday on the progress of their ongoing, 15-month-long probe. They provided new documentation of how low-level managers who made safety a priority were intimidated and, in some cases, dismissed.

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2:23pm

Fri June 3, 2011

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