Former Upper Big Branch Superintendent Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge

The former superintendent of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine has pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy. Gary May was the superintendent at Upper Big Branch in April 2010, when the West Virginia mine exploded, killing 29 workers. He was charged with felony conspiracy last month, and now he has pleaded guilty. In his plea, May […]

Letcher County Coal Miner Killed, Orchestra Talks Resume, UofL Football Team on Winning Streak: Afternoon Review

Here are some of the stories we’ve covered this afternoon, in case you missed them. A coal miner has been killed in an equipment accident in Letcher County. The accident was at the Hubble Mining Company’s Number 9 mine at Eolia in Letcher County. A week after the Louisville Orchestra management threatened to replace musicians […]

Attica Scott to Represent District One, House Says EPA Can’t Regulate Coal Ash, Kentucky Coal Mine Flagged As Unsafe: Afternoon Review

The Louisville Metro Council elected Attica Woodson Scott to fill the District 1 seat by a 18-to-7 vote Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, […]

MSHA Places Kentucky Coal Mine on ‘Potential Pattern of Violations’ Status

A Kentucky coal mine has been flagged as unsafe by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Letcher County mine is the fourth recently placed on a ‘potential pattern of violations’ status. The mine is Dennis Creg Yonts’ Number Two Mine in Dean, operated by Vision Coal. Kevin Stricklin of MSHA says the notice amounts […]

Update: Three Trapped In SE Kentucky Coal Mine

Here’s an update from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet: FRANKFORT, Ky. – (June 20, 2011) – Rescuers in Bell County are working to place pumps at the entrance of an underground mine where three miners are trapped due to high water from heavy overnight rains. The Kentucky office of Mine Safety and Licensing, the […]

UPDATE: Rescue Underway At Western Kentucky Mine

A rescue effort continued this morning at a western Kentucky underground mine where two miners are trapped following a ceiling collapse. The accident occurred late Wednesday or early Thursday at the Dotiki mine near Providence. A United Mine Workers Union representative tells the Associated Press that the western Kentucky mine is a large operation that employs more […]