MSHA ‘Potential Pattern of Violations Status’ Contrary to What Law Intended, Attorney Says

A Kentucky coal mine is now under extra scrutiny after it became the fourth to be recently placed on a ‘potential pattern of violations’ status by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. If the mine operator doesn’t rectify the problems, the mine can be shut down when serious violations are discovered. But this process […]

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 […]

Federal Government Cites Five Kentucky Mines in August Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited five Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Superior Mining Company’s Number 1 mine in Pike County, TRC Mining’s Mine Number 2 in Letcher County and three mines operated […]

MSHA Blames Coal Company for Death of Martin County Miner

The federal government says coal company Matrix Energy LLC is to blame in the death of a Martin County miner. Fifty-four year old veteran miner Robert L. Cook was killed last March when he was crushed between machinery and the mine, and in the report, the Mine Safety and Health Administration concluded his death was […]

New MSHA Rule Aims to Reduce Risk of Mechanical Injury for Coal Miners

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is publishing a proposed rule tomorrow that could require all mine operators to eventually install safety devices on certain types of mining equipment. MSHA’s proposed rule would phase in a requirement that mine operators use proximity warning devices on their continuous miners—the large machines that scoop coal from […]

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 […]

Three Kentucky Mines Among Those Cited by Federal Regulators in June

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations. They were among 14 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Cheyenne Mining Company’s Number 11 mine in Pike County, D&C Mining Corporation’s mine in Harlan County and North […]

Federal Government Granted Permanent Injunction Against Pike County Coal Mine

A federal court has issued a permanent injunction against a Pike County coal mine in response to allegations from the Mine Safety and Health Administration that the mine was giving advance notice of inspections. When miners have advance notice, they can quickly rectify unsafe conditions to pass inspection. That’s what MSHA says was happening at […]

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 […]