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  • EPA watchdog investigating toxic mine spill in Colorado

    August 17, 2015 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of a massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water to at least three states. The inspector general's office said the investigation also... more »
  • EPA: High toxic metal levels after mine spill

    August 13, 2015 2:27 PM

    DURANGO, Colo. - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says significant progress is being made as water quality appears to be improving in a major Southwest river system that was contaminated by millions of gallons of toxic mine sludge. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday that the... more »
  • Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted

    November 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday. The... more »
  • Anger, grief swell in Turkey after 274 coal miners die

    May 14, 2014 9:52 AM

    SOMA, Turkey - High gas concentrations have brought rescue operations to a halt inside a coal mine in western Turkey following a deadly explosion and fire. So far, the bodies of 274 miners have been recovered. The fate of another 150 remains unclear. Teams are trying to vent carbon dioxide... more »
  • West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

    May 14, 2014 3:37 AM

    WHARTON, W.Va. - The two workers who were killed in an underground coal mine in West Virginia were performing a risky method known as retreat mining. That's where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal. Retreat mining has been going on for generations and is considered standard practice... more »
  • West Virginia mine had history of safety problems

    May 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    WHARTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia coal mine where two miners were killed last night is one of just three mines in the country to have made a federal list of the industry's worst safety offenders. The mine in Wharton was cited for nearly 200 safety violations over the... more »
  • Official: 2 killed at West Virginia coal mine

    May 13, 2014 9:39 AM

    WHARTON, W.V. - State and federal officials say two workers who were trapped when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations have died. Officials for federal and state safety agencies say the incident occurred just after 8:45 p.m. Monday at Brody Mine No.... more »
  • Ex-mine official to learn fate in W.Va. blast case

    January 17, 2013 7:09 AM

    BECKLEY, W.Va. - A former superintendent at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine - where an explosion killed 29 - will learn his fate after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Gary May will be sentenced in federal court Thursday. He's cooperating with prosecutors in their ongoing criminal investigation... more »
  • First of 33 men rescued from Chilean mine

    October 12, 2010 11:03 PM

    The first of 33 men was rescued Tuesday night after 69 days trapped in a collapsed mine, pulled to fresh air and freedom at last in a missile-like escape capsule to the cheers of his family and countrymen. Florencio Avalos, wearing a helmet and sunglasses to protect him from the... more »
  • First trapped miner expected to reach surface tonight

    October 12, 2010 12:36 PM

    The rescue of 33 men trapped in a mine in Chile is now expected to begin tonight. Chile's mining minister says officials "hope to have at least one of our miners on the surface" before midnight. He announced the rescue plan at a news conference near the mine... more »
  • NOLA-based company to help make armored truck

    September 14, 2010 11:18 AM

    A New Orleans-based armored vehicle manufacturer is partnering with an Alabama company to make a troop transport built to withstand mines and roadside bombs. Textron Marine & Land Systems announced their partnership with MDT Armor Corp. today. MDT debuted a prototype vehicle called the "Tiger" last October that is based... more »
  • Explosion at Turkish coal mine traps about 25

    May 17, 2010 9:17 AM

    An explosion at a coal mine in northern Turkey has trapped around 25 workers underground. Rescue workers are trying to reach the trapped workers at the Karadon mine near the Black Sea port town of Zonguldak. Eight workers have already been rescued. There is no word on the cause of... more »
  • Death toll in Russian mine blasts hits 31

    May 10, 2010 6:49 AM

    Rescuers pulled 19 more bodies from the rubble of Russia's largest coal mine, but 59 miners and those who had gone in to save them are still missing. Thirty-one are now dead following two explosions in the Siberian mine. Many of the dead were rescue workers who had gone into... more »
  • Union: 2 missing in Ky. coal mine rock fall

    April 29, 2010 7:22 AM

    Two coal miners are missing after an underground rock fall in western Kentucky. The accident occurred early Thursday at the Dotiki mine near Providence. The rock fall is described as a ceiling collapse, usually in an isolated area. The Dotiki Mine is a large operation that employs more than... more »
  • No high level of volatile gas before blast

    April 26, 2010 9:51 AM

    Massey Energy says air samples did not show high levels of explosive gases just before an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine that killed 29 workers. Massey board director Stanley Suboleski said the samples were taken by a foreman as part of a shift change exam of the mine.... more »
  • Gas levels put mine investigation on hold

    April 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    High methane gas readings inside of a mine in West Virginia where 29 miners died are keeping investigators from getting inside to look for the cause of the explosion. Officials say it may take up to two weeks to restore ventilation systems so investigators can go underground into Massey... more »
  • Crews re-enter W. Va. mine to recover 9 bodies

    April 12, 2010 9:13 AM

    Searchers are back inside a wrecked West Virginia coal mine to recover the last nine bodies remaining from an explosion that killed 29 men. It was the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970. A team of federal investigators is expected to arrive today, a week after the blast, to start... more »
  • Race on to rescue 153 trapped Chinese coal miners

    March 29, 2010 8:15 AM

    Rescuers in China are racing to free 153 coal miners who've been trapped deep underground by a flood since Sunday. Some 261 workers were inside the mine when it flooded more than 24 hours ago, and 108 either escaped or were rescued. So far, there's been no contact with those... more »
  • Mine explosion in Poland kills 12

    September 18, 2009 8:17 AM

    A methane leak in a Polish coal mine caused an explosion that killed 12 miners. Officials say the explosion occurred 3,450 feet underground at the mine in the southwestern city of Ruda Slaska. Some of the miners were killed immediately and others died later of burns. more »

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