West Virginia mine disaster
Nov 28, 2012 — David C. Hughart, former president of a Massey Energy subsidiary, is pleading guilty. The charges relate to a corporate culture that investigators say contributed to the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years. Twenty nine miners died at one of Massey's West Virginia mines in a 2010 explosion.
Jun 1, 2012 — Citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) say managers at one mine failed to evacuate a section that was enveloped in thick smoke generated by a malfunctioning conveyor belt. The company disputes that finding.
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 — 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.
Feb 23, 2012 — While a state review of the 2010 disaster that killed 29 coal miners isn't as pointed in assigning blame as some other reports, it does single out weaknesses in state laws that make it difficult to hold those responsible accountable.
Feb 22, 2012 — Federal prosecutors in Charleston, W.Va., have filed the most serious criminal charges yet in the investigation of the April, 2010, coal mine explosion that left 29 mine workers dead.
Dec 7, 2011 — After issuing a scathing report and reaching a $209 million settlement, officials are moving ahead on an internal probe of the agency that regulates mines and a federal criminal investigation of the disaster that killed 29 miners.
Dec 6, 2011 — Twenty-nine men were killed in the April 2010 disaster. Former Massey Energy executives could still face criminal charges. Also today, one of the company's subsidiaries was fined $10.8 million — the biggest such fine ever.
Jun 29, 2011 — At the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 men died in April 2010, there was an internal set of reports about safety problems and another set kept for federal inspectors that didn't mention the hazards, federal officials say.
May 25, 2011 — Documents unsealed in a lawsuit seeking to block Massey Energy's sale to Alpha Natural Resources reveal deep concerns about Massey's safety record, reputation and leadership — not from critics — but from two Massey board members and from Alpha.