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2010-10-07 14:04:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) announced that officials from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have prevented one of the Company's lead investigators, Dr. Christopher Schemel, from participating in further investigative efforts at UBB. MSHA has indefinitely denied Dr. Schemel underground access to the mine on the grounds that he has not received experienced coal miner training. By contrast, MSHA personnel and others...

2010-07-15 15:49:00

ARLINGTON, Va., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced a competition for $500,000 in safety and health training grants to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. This grant opportunity covers all underground mines, including both metal/nonmetal and coal mines. The Brookwood-Sago grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency...

2008-10-02 21:00:16

WHEELING - J. Davitt McAteer, a vice president at Wheeling Jesuit University, is getting a national advocacy award from the American Public Health Association. McAteer will be honored later this month in California with the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health for what the group says are outstanding career-long contributions. The Shepherdstown attorney was a special adviser to Gov. Joe Manchin after the 2006 Sago Mine disaster. He's also a former director of the federal...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By PAULA LAMB Years ago, my mother used to grow a sweet potato in a jar. I tried it, but the potato just rotted. What do you think I did wrong? When you tried this, you said that you put most of the potato down into the water. I think that this was the problem. If you want to try again - and this would be a fun project for small children - get a jar that is slightly larger around than your sweet potato. Push four to six toothpicks into the potato so that they form a circle around the...

2008-07-02 06:00:43

By Schimmoeller, Matthew When addressing crisis management there are several key guidelines to be upheld in order to maintain organization on a company's behalf and limit the negative consequences. Obtaining an encompassing knowledge of the surrounding environment in which the crisis takes place is a key element in sustaining control. One spokesperson should be designated for communicating to the public throughout the crisis. If the issue may affect any part of the public outside of the...

2008-06-17 12:00:40

By Mannix Porterfield, The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va. Jun. 17--Two years ago, Congress reacted to a West Virginia coal tragedy that witnessed the deaths of a dozen workmen inside an underground mine by passing a stringent new safety law. But is the so-named MINER Act working? On its second anniversary, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., suggested the law has shown both a positive and negative side since its passage, an inspiration of the Sago mine disaster in Upshur County. "The...

2008-06-16 03:00:22

By Ali, Ann After the Sago mine blast in 2006, a call went out for more and better mine safety, and with such a direct goal, plenty of entities got to work right away. The latest structure is safety and collaboration on a grand scale. "The fact that not even a year after Sago, we had a law on the books was nothing short of miraculous," said Gary Midkiff, chief operations officer with Carbonoks, LLC, a Rock Branch-headquartered company that created the Safe Haven rescue chamber. "This...

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2007-05-18 12:00:00

By TIM HUBER CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nearly 17 months after the Sago Mine explosion, the nation's highest profile mine disaster in a generation continues to change the industry. Federal regulators are poised to upend a decades old practice of sealing and forgetting abandoned mine sections following their conclusion that lightning sparked methane in a sealed section of the Sago. Some 177 underground mines in West Virginia, the nation's No. 1 underground coal producer, are preparing to buy...

2006-05-03 17:18:28

By Jon Hurdle BUCKHANNON, West Virginia (Reuters) - A rescue worker who found the bodies of 12 miners in West Virginia's Sago coal mine apologized on Wednesday for erroneous initial reports that the miners were alive. "We apologize for any of the problems or heartache our miscommunication caused," rescuer Ronald Hixson said as relatives of the victims of the January 2 mine blast looked on. "It was not meant to be," he said, choking with emotion. William Tucker, another rescuer, told...

2006-05-03 14:50:18

By Jon Hurdle BUCKHANNON, West Virginia (Reuters) - A rescue worker who found the bodies of 12 miners in the Sago mine apologized to their families on Wednesday for erroneous initial reports that the miners were alive. A miscommunication led to word spreading that the miners were found alive, sparking jubilation among families gathered in a church near the mine. Nearly three hours later joy turned to despair when officials announced there was only one survivor among 13 miners...


Latest Sago Reference Libraries

Prince Sago, Cycas taitungensis
2014-01-30 08:47:59

Cycas taitungensis is a species of cycad plant. The species belongs to the Cycadaceae family. C. taitungensis may also be referred to as Prince sago or Emperor sago. Currently the plant faces serious threat of extinction due to habitat destruction and plant collectors. The species is native to southeastern Taiwan. C. taitungensis range throughout the third largest county, Taitung County. The C. taitungensis is a relatively medium sized plant. Its trunk is typically almost 14 inches in...

Queen Sago Palm, Cycas rumphii
2014-01-30 08:32:40

Cycas rumphii is a palm-like species of cycad plant. The plant may also be referred to as Queen sago or the Queen sago palm. This species is a member of the Cycadaceae family and is native to the Malesian region. The C. rumphii is a relatively small plant reaching approximately 33 feet. Its trunk is grey with diamond patterned bark and measures up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves typically grow between 4.9 and 8.2 feet long. Leaves have a bright green coloration and a glossy surface....

King Sago, Cycas revoluta
2014-01-30 08:11:54

Cycas revoluta is a species of seed producing, cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as King sago, Sago cycad or the Japanese sago palm. The plant originated in southern Japan. It is used in the production of sago, a cooking starch or can be displayed as a decorative plant. C. revoluta gets its name from the Latin word meaning “curled back”, referring to its leaves. Its leaves are shiny and dark green in coloration. The C. revoluta species have trunks that measures...

Queen Sago, Cycas circinalis
2014-01-30 07:56:38

Cycas circinalis is a species of cycad plant. also referred to as the Queen sago. C. circinalis is native to Sri Lanka, although it is a widely cultivated plant. C. circinalis is commonly used for landscape, decorative purposes and may be used as a food source. The plant’s seeds are carefully soaked, ground and used to make flour. You will often find its flour used in tortillas, tamales and soups. The palm-like plant is a slow growing species. C. circinalis are known to have a short,...

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