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2011-05-06 08:22:00

JULIAN, W.Va., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the recent U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) impact inspection results at Randolph Mine in Boone County, West Virginia, Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) will conduct a three-day safety stand down at the operation. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) Company officials will conduct the safety stand down after spending the past few days reviewing issues related to MSHA violations...

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...

2010-10-06 15:27:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today released the following statement urging officials at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to approve the Company's plan to conduct its own separate investigation to determine the cause of the April 5, 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, WV. Mine safety officials with the state of West Virginia have approved the investigation plan but MSHA has yet to approve the proposal...

2010-09-17 11:39:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today released the following statement in response to reports and statements from U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials that 79 percent of post-accident coal dust samples taken from the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in Montcoal, WV were non-compliant: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) This...

2010-08-09 12:22:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This past weekend, Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) investigators joined representatives from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training as they conducted a series of tests on the methane monitors used on the Upper Big Branch (UBB) longwall during the April 5 mine accident in Montcoal, WV. The tests concluded that the sensors and methane unit had not been disabled...

2010-07-16 07:48:00

JULIAN, W.Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today noted that two former, high-ranking federal mining regulators, David Lauriski, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and Michael Lawless, former Deputy Administrator of MSHA, agree that MSHA has exceeded its legal authority by barring the Company from photographing and conducting other tests at its Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine to help determine the...

2010-06-28 14:56:00

JULIAN, W.Va., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy (NYSE: MEE) today filed a legal challenge to an order by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) that prohibits Massey Energy investigators from utilizing basic investigative tools, such as cameras, electronic mapping and coal dust analysis as part of the inquiry into the April 5, 2010 Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine accident. The legal challenge seeks emergency relief from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review...

2010-06-23 08:46:00

JULIAN, W.Va., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) announced today it has sued the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration over its improper use of regulatory authority to control the design of ventilation systems and to limit the use of scrubbers in underground mines. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) "We hope the principal beneficiary will be...

2010-05-20 17:15:00

JULIAN, W. Va., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) issued the following statement today: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) Don L. Blankenship, Chairman & CEO said, "We are pleased that Sen. Tom Harkin said today, during a Congressional hearing, that he intends to question the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration on why its investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine accident on April 5 should not be conducted...


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