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WV: Massey Energy to Begin Discussing Benefits Packages for Miners' Survivors

JULIAN, WV - The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Massey Energy will begin discussing benefits packages for survivors of the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, but it remains to be seen if the company packages will deter multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuits that are expected...

MSHA Defends Its Inspection Record, Says Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Was Preventable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joseph A. Main, the assistant secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, writes in an editorial published in USA Today that the federal Mine Safety and Health Adminstration (MSHA) conducts comprehensive inspections of underground coal mines at least four times a year and gets things...

House Committee Blames Regulators and Operator for Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Better Enforcement and Safety Programs Might Have Saved Lives By John Stahl, Esq. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) conducted a March 27, 2012, hearing on the 2010 West Virginia mining tragedy at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. The Committee concluded that the mine operator...