Massey Energy Co Mining News

US prosecutors want max of 1 year in prison for ex-Massey Energy CEO

Blankenship is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, day that marks the sixth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.

Mining deaths in the U.S. fell to historic low in 2015

Eleven of the 28 deaths last year occurred at coal mines, a sector that has seen employment decrease significantly in recent years, especially in Appalachia.

Ex-Massey Energy CEO's fate in hands of West Virginia jury

Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of Blankenship, leader of the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine at the time of a 2010 deadly explosion.

Defence of West Virginia's former 'King of Coal' rests without calling witnesses

Former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, could face up to 30 years in prison in relation with a deadly 2010 mine accident in West Virginia.

Former Upper Big Branch superintendent going to prison

Gary May was sentenced to a 21-month prison term.

Deadly accident at Alpha Natural Resources mine

A 27-year-old worker died Friday in an accident at a Greenbrier County coal mine, owned by a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR).

Alpha cut accident rates at coal mines formerly owned by Massey Energy: prosecutors

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) has drastically cut its accident and injury rates in the six months since a landmark $210 million settlement, which spared the company criminal charges over the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 workers, federal prosecutors said Monday.

U.S. mining regulator tightens coal mines safety rules

As families and friends of dead miners mark the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia on April 5, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would issue its final set of rules for inspecting underground coal mines on Friday.

'We pumped an ocean into the mountains'

Coal Rush, a documentary running next week at the Atlanta Film Festival, tells the story of a 7-year crusade by US attorney Kevin Thompson, along with other attorneys, advocates and affected residents, to halt the injection of coal slurry into the Appalachian mountains by now-defunct coal miner Massey Energy.

Two West Virginia coal mines formerly owned by Massey Energy receive PPOV notices from MSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued notices of a potential pattern of violations to Randolph Mine operated by Inman Energy and Justice No. 1 Mine operated by Independence Coal Co. Inc., both underground coal mines in Boone County, W.Va., that were formerly owned by Massey Energy.

Mining company settles suit over tainted drinking water

After a marathon mediation session that ended just before dawn Wednesday, mining company Massey Energy settled a 7-year-old lawsuit with hundreds of southern West Virginia residents who claim the company poisoned their drinking water supplies with coal slurry.

Govt says Massey to blame for fatal blast, falsified safety reports

A coal mine explosion that killed 29 people in West Virginia last year was probably caused by faulty water sprays, badly managed ventilation and built-up coal dust, and could have been prevented, US Department of Labour officials said on Wednesday. Mine and company management were aware that chronic hazardous conditions were not being recorded properly and miners were “intimidated” into prioritising production over safety, administrator for mine safety and health Kevin Stricklin said at a public briefing to mark the one-year anniversary since the Mines Safety and Health Administration started its probe into the accident.

Blast victim fiancee: Proof of mine co. fake files

Federal investigators have proof that Massey Energy kept fake safety records to throw off inspectors at a southern West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an explosion last year, the fiancee of one of those victims said late Tuesday night.

Over shareholder objections, Alpha, Massey officially finalize $7bn merger

Alpha Natural Resources is expected to complete its $7 billion acquisition of Massey Energy Wednesday morning, after Massey shareholders lost two legal challenges in West Virginia and Delaware courts to stop the transaction. Meanwhile two […]

Massey shareholders to block $7.1bn Alpha merger

The $7.1 billion merger of coal miners Massey Energy Co (MEE.N) and Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR.N) should be blocked or Massey's board will avoid responsibility for their reckless management, a shareholder attorney told a court on Thursday. Several pension funds that invested in Massey have sued to block the vote next week by shareholders of the two companies.

Miners’ families challenge $8.5bn Massey-Alpha deal

The Charleston Gazette reports on Tuesday that the families of seven miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in West Virginia have filed a new lawsuit against owners Massey Energy, challenging Massey's proposed acquisition by Alpha Natural Resources. The suit alleges that the CEO and other Massey insiders "will receive tremendous financial benefit" – estimated at some $196m – from the $8.5bn deal, while victims of the disaster "will be subject to great risk and uncertainty." Massey has put its estimated losses from any suits or settlements with the disaster's victims at $78m, or $3m per victim.

Massey mine foreman enters guilty plea to failing to follow safety standard at W.Va. mine

A Massey Energy Co. foreman pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to conduct safety drills at a West Virginia coal mine.