MSHA Targets 43 Former Massey Mines in Huge Inspection Blitz

The Mine Safety and Health Administration targeted 43 mines formerly owned by Massey Energy for surprise inspections this week, as NPR’s Howard Berkes reports. The mines, in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, are all now owned by Alpha Natural Resources. Berkes reports that the inspection blitz was prompted by a recent incident at an Alpha… Continue reading MSHA Targets 43 Former Massey Mines in Huge Inspection Blitz

Former Upper Big Branch Superintendent Charged With Felony Conspiracy

Federal charges have been filed against the former superintendent of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine. Gary May was charged with felony conspiracy today in West Virginia. Gary May started working at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2008. He was a superintendent there in April 2010, when an explosion tore through the mine, killing… Continue reading Former Upper Big Branch Superintendent Charged With Felony Conspiracy

Overtime Investigation, Daeschner’s Contract Not Renewed, FDA Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men, Congress Debates Payroll Tax: Today on State of the News

Mayor Greg Fischer called for an investigation into the city’s use of overtime pay, and MSHA finished its investigation of Upper Big Branch and found assey to blame. We’ll recap and analyse this week’s metro news with the WFPL news staff. News and Tribune editor Shea Van Hoy joins WFPL’s Devin Katayama to talk about… Continue reading Overtime Investigation, Daeschner’s Contract Not Renewed, FDA Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men, Congress Debates Payroll Tax: Today on State of the News

Union Report on Upper Big Branch Explosion Faults Massey Energy, Suggests Evidence Tampering

The United Mine Workers union has released its own report into last year’s deadly explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine. The report is highly critical of the way non-union Massey Energy handled the disaster. The explosion killed 29 workers, and the title of the report instantly gives a sense of how the United… Continue reading Union Report on Upper Big Branch Explosion Faults Massey Energy, Suggests Evidence Tampering

MSHA Cites Three Kentucky Mines in July Impact Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations—two of the mines are in Harlan County and one is in Pike County. Those mines are among 15 nationwide with a history of compliance problems that were targeted in MSHA’s July impact inspections. Two of the Kentucky mines inspected are… Continue reading MSHA Cites Three Kentucky Mines in July Impact Inspections

Government Faults Coal Company in Upper Big Branch Explosion

Federal regulators held a briefing today in West Virginia to discuss their investigation into the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the explosion on April 5, 2010 that killed 29 miners in southern West Virginia was preventable. In a presentation, MSHA administrator Kevin Stricklin outlined Massey’s failures at the… Continue reading Government Faults Coal Company in Upper Big Branch Explosion

Alpha CEO Calls Coal’s Future “Bright”

Alpha Natural Resource’s CEO says his company’s acquisition of Massey Energy improves the company’s position in the international market. Kevin Crutchfield said Massey’s vast metallurgical coal reserves were one reason the merger made sense for Alpha. During an interview with West Virginia MetroNews, he said he also expects to be providing coal for electricity to… Continue reading Alpha CEO Calls Coal’s Future “Bright”

Alpha Dismisses Massey Energy’s Report on W.Va. Mine Explosion

Earlier today, Massey Energy’s former Chairman of the Board Bobby Inman released his company’s accounting of the causes behind the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.  The Charleston Gazette has a link to the report. Basically, it discounts the report released last month by an independent team commissioned by former West Virginia… Continue reading Alpha Dismisses Massey Energy’s Report on W.Va. Mine Explosion

Today on State of the News

We’ll look at the week’s local stories, and meet WFPL’s new environmental reporter, Erica Peterson, who brings us analysis on the sale of Massey Energy and lawmakers’ recent remarks that the EPA is engaged in a “war on coal.” Then we’ll check in on the narrowing search for a JCPS superintendent and the release of… Continue reading Today on State of the News

Alpha Acquires Massey in $7 Billion Deal

Massey Energy is no more. A vote today by shareholders approved the coal company’s acquisition by Alpha Natural Resources. The $7.1 billion merger means Alpha now controls the second-largest coal reserves in the country. The company will also control more reserves of metallurgical coal, which is in demand overseas to make steel. The new Alpha… Continue reading Alpha Acquires Massey in $7 Billion Deal