Report cites controversial mining firms

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 22 (UPI) -- The world's most controversial mining companies are named -- and shamed -- in a report comparing their performance against U.N. and other environmental, social and governance principles.

Alpha, Massey in big U.S. coal acquisition

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Alpha Natural Resources acquired rival U.S. coal-producer Massey Energy in a $7.1 billion deal, the companies announced.
Massey disputes findings on mine explosion

Massey disputes findings on mine explosion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A large leak of methane or natural gas caused a deadly explosion in a West Virginia coal mine, Massey Energy said Friday, contradicting federal investigators.

Massey ex-CEO takes 5th in explosion probe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The former head of Massey Energy has invoked the Fifth Amendment and declined to testify at a hearing on an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine.
W.Va. mine owner threatened with takeover

W.Va. mine owner threatened with takeover

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Federal regulators and Massey Energy are trading accusations over an investigation into a deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

Massey Energy asks judge to void subpoenas

BECKLEY, W.Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. coalmining giant Massey Energy Co. asked a judge to stop investigators from forcing its employees to answer questions about a blast that killed 29 miners.
Methane detector disabled at W.Va. mine

Methane detector disabled at W.Va. mine

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Reports say survivors of a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers said an electrician disabled a methane detector weeks before the deadly blast.
Air samples to be taken at mine blast site

Air samples to be taken at mine blast site

MONTCOAL, W.Va., June 2 (UPI) -- Results of air quality samples in the West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 miners will determine whether an investigation can begin, officials said.

FBI investigating W.Va. mine blast

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- The FBI has interviewed more than 20 Massey Energy employees in a criminal investigation into the explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners, officials said.
W.Va. mine blast benefits package unveiled

W.Va. mine blast benefits package unveiled

MONTCOAL, W.Va., April 30 (UPI) -- Survivors of the coal miners killed in a blast at a West Virginia mine will have financial security "for the rest of their lives," a company spokesman said.
Massey CEO denies poor safety practices

Massey CEO denies poor safety practices

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 27 (UPI) -- The chairman of Massey Energy, the owner of a West Virginia coal mine where 29 people died, denies the company puts profits over safety.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear W.Va. case

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear a case involving campaign contributions a company chief executive made during a West Virginia Supreme Court race.

Feds investigating W.Va. Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 14 (UPI) -- Federal investigators are investigating the handling of a controversial case by the West Virginia Supreme Court, a report said Friday.

Massey Energy Co. pays $20M for polluting

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Massey Energy Co. has agreed to pay $20 million for polluting streams in Kentucky and West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
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Chris Adkins (2nd L), COO of Massey of Massey Energy Co., speaks to MSHA officials at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 7, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia. A 560ft rotary drill is drilling a second hole in an effort to release gas from the area where miners are believed to be trapped. UPI/Jeff Gentner/Pool
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