Upper Big Branch Mine disaster
Apr 16, 2013 — The Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are among the infamous and sometimes horrific moments that have occurred during the month of April.
Apr 8, 2013 — One critic said it was a travesty that Congress had not acted three years after the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.
Feb 4, 2013 — The Charleston Gazette reports that mine regulators found hundreds of violations but haven't issued any citations.
Oct 31, 2012 — 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 2010 explosion. Two others are owned by Murray Energy, whose Crandall Canyon coal mine experienced two collapses in 2007, killing nine miners and rescuers.
May 24, 2012 — Dozens of federal mine safety inspectors descended into 43 coal mines in three Appalachian states Wednesday. The mines are now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, which absorbed Massey Energy after a 2010 mine disaster in West Virginia.
Apr 5, 2012 — 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.
Mar 29, 2012 — 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.
Mar 29, 2012 — Gary May is the highest-ranking Massey Energy official so far charged after an investigation into operations at the mine where a blast killed 29 men in April 2010.
Mar 27, 2012 — The agency argued the operator's intentional evasion of the law was to blame for the mine blast.
Mar 6, 2012 — But it said its failures did not directly contribute to the blast, which killed 29 coal miners in 2010.