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2011-05-09 12:36:00

ARLINGTON, Va., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today released 25 transcripts of witness interviews from the investigation of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that occurred in April 2010. These transcripts, from interviews covering mine rescue and recovery activities immediately following the blast, are now available on MSHA's website at http://www.msha.gov. They represent the first set in a series of...

2011-03-29 14:39:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will hold a briefing on June 29 to share with the public information gathered during the investigation of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. The briefing will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the start of the underground investigation at the Upper Big Branch Mine and will be held at the National...

2010-05-18 12:02:00

ARLINGTON, Va., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today further defined its plans for a series of public hearings in the investigation of the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. The public hearings will commence after the initial witness interviews are completed. "MSHA has a number of tools in its toolbox to investigate this tragedy that claimed 29 miners' lives," said Secretary of...

2010-05-03 07:35:00

WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- StopTheChamber.com, a national watchdog group dedicated to government and corporate accountability, today offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any Massey Energy executive for paying a bribe to any federal official for any purpose, including to cover up or ignore safety violations, pass legislation, or install or appoint pro-Massey people in key oversight positions. On April 14, 2010,...

2008-10-10 18:00:27

By Tim Huber A coal company belonging to Bob Murray, the mine owner who entered the national spotlight last year when nine people died in a Utah mine, was fined $1.46 million Wednesday by federal regulators for safety violations at an Illinois operation. Murray Energy's Galatia Mine in southern Illinois repeatedly ignored safety regulations between September 2007 and January, leading to nine citations for flagrant violations, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said. Galatia...

2008-10-09 09:00:37

By Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A coal company belonging to Bob Murray, the mine owner who entered the national spotlight last year when nine people died in a Utah mine, was fined $1.46 million Wednesday by federal regulators for safety violations at an Illinois operation. Murray Energy's Galatia Mine in southern Illinois repeatedly ignored safety regulations between September 2007 and January, leading to nine citations for flagrant violations, the federal Mine Safety and...

2008-09-30 21:00:26

By Ken Ward Jr. Federal mine safety officials have extended for three weeks the public comment period on a proposed rule to require drug testing of miners who work in "safety-sensitive" jobs in the nation's coal and non-coal mines. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration also scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., and announced plans to show the hearing via videoconference at three other locations. United Mine Workers officials and Sen. Robert C. Byrd,...

2008-09-15 21:00:21

By Ken Ward Jr. Three weeks ago, federal mine safety chief Richard Stickler said his agency was too busy with other things to write a tougher coal dust standard that would help protect miners from deadly black lung disease. "There's no way I'm going to get that done with what I have on my plate," Stickler said during an Aug. 27 interview. A week later, Stickler's U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration published a proposed rule that would subject the nation's miners to random drug...

2008-09-09 03:00:19

WASHINGTON - Federal mining officials asked prosecutors Wednesday to decide whether criminal charges are warranted in the deaths of nine people in last year's collapse of the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has been investigating two cave-ins in August 2007 at Crandall Canyon that killed six miners and three rescuers. MSHA already has fined Genwal Resources Inc., a subsidiary of Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., $1.34 million for alleged violations...

2008-09-09 03:00:19

Forty-seven coal miners were killed on the job in 2006, the worst year for mining deaths since 1995. Those deaths, especially the high-profile disaster at Sago Mine in central West Virginia where a dozen miners were killed, pressured Congress to beef up mine safety rules. Now coal executives are complaining that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is being too tough on them, increasing their costs and hurting productivity at a time when demand for coal is increasing....