Massey Energy Mining News

Ex-Massey Energy CEO Blankenship claims being a ‘political prisoner’

Move comes three weeks before a federal appeals court hears Don Blankenship’s challenge of his criminal conviction.

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.

Blankenship may face $28 million fine for coal mine disaster

Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of now-defunct Massey Energy, is now facing a $28-million fine in addition to a year in jail for his role in the Upper Big Branch mine blast.

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.

US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty

Alpha Natural Resources violated 6,000 permits related to pollution.

Former Massey coal executive sentenced to three years in prison for endangering miners' lives

David Hughart implicated former Massey Energy CEO during trial.