West Virgina Mining News

A trashy alternative fuel is emerging deep inside coal country

Deriving energy from waste has a long history, from simply burning trash to using it as a raw material for jet fuel.

West Virginia's trying to revive coal, one miner isn't convinced

West Virginia is dangling tax incentives for coal miners in an attempt to revive operations in Coal Country, but Contura Energy Inc. isn’t swayed just yet.

Pace of mine idlings slows in H1'14, but Appalachian mines still impacted

Again shouldered most of the burden.

Alpha Natural reinvents itself as Central Appalachia coal demand fades

"At these price levels and at the current cost of operating, we lose money."

US mining fatalities up in 2013, Kentucky tops the list

Kentucky had the most metal/non-metal mining deaths, and West Virgina registered the highest number of coal mining deaths.

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).

Upper Big Branch mine disaster ‘a story of hubris' –WVA Governor's panel

The West Virginia Governor's Independent Investigation Panel announced Thursday its findings that the explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch coal mine on April 5, 2010, was preventable. J. Davitt McAteer, the former head of MSHA, who headed the state investigation, told the news media "a great deal went wrong. A great many problems occurred that led to this disaster."