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Rescuers free 3 trapped miners in Tennesseeupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 17:50:00

Rescuers freed three miners who were trapped in an eastern Tennessee zinc mine Wednesday after a fire, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Mine owner flouted safety rules before disaster, U.S. saysupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 17:47:00

The operators of West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine dodged federal safety rules and hid violations before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men, a scathing report on the disaster concluded Tuesday.

Report: Deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades due to safety failuresupdated: Thu May 19 2011 17:24:00

A "perfect storm was brewing" in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine in the weeks and days before a fireball tore through it on April 5, 2010, killing 29 miners and injuring one severely, according to a just-released report by the Governor's Independent Investigation Panel.

Feds: West Virginia mine may be permanently sealedupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 03:03:00

The owners of a West Virginia mine where 29 people perished in an explosion last year have agreed to permanently seal it, federal regulators said.

Massey's Blankenship to get $12 million on retirementupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 19:26:00

Massey Energy chairman and CEO Don Blankenship will get $12 million in cash payments when he retires from the controversial coal giant at the end of the year, the company disclosed Tuesday.

Federal agency moves to close Kentucky mineupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 18:55:00

The federal government, in an action that it says is the first of its kind, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to close a Kentucky coal mine until its owner can make it safe for workers.

Two miners killed in Nevada mine accident identifiedupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 22:11:00

Two miners who died this week in a Nevada mining accident were identified Saturday, according to the mine's owner.

Two workers missing in Nevada mineupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 18:58:00

Rescue crews Thursday were searching for two miners after an incident at a mine in Elko County, Nevada, a U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration official told CNN.

Investigators: WV mine filled suddenly with methaneupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 10:16:00

The West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion in April had a sudden and large inundation of methane gas the day of the accident, the mine owner said Thursday.

Fortune: Massey suing regulator, but not over the mining disasterupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 17:20:00

It's a bold and rare move for a company to sue its regulator, but no one has ever accused the Massey Energy Company of being timid.

Coal mine owner sues federal government over ventilation regulationsupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 09:57:00

Massey Energy Company, which owns a West Virginia coal mine in which 29 workers died in April, has sued the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration over ventilation regulations, the company said Wednesday.

Crack found in floor of West Virginia mine where 29 men diedupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 19:57:00

Underground teams exploring a West Virginia mine where 29 men died in an April explosion have found a crack in the floor that may have allowed methane to leak before the blast, mine owner Massey Energy confirmed Tuesday.

Safety official pledges stronger enforcement of mine regulationsupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 20:38:00

A top federal mine safety official said Tuesday that existing laws and regulations have not been properly enforced but pledged that his agency will now use all its powers after the West Virginia mine disaster that killed 29 people.

Bodies of West Virginia miners foundupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 19:35:00

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin says crews are recovering the bodies of the four missing miners.

Massey defends safety record after mine blastupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 19:35:00

Coal-producing giant Massey Energy defended its safety record Monday after the worst U.S. mine disaster in decades and rebuffed calls for its CEO to step down.

Obama criticizes mine owner, orders safety reviewupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 14:54:00

President Obama on Thursday ordered a review of mines with poor safety records and criticized the owner of a West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 people last week.

President Obama speaks about mine safetyupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 14:54:00

President Obama orders a review of mines with poor safety records after last week's fatal mine explosion.

Sago investigator will look at West Virginia mine disasterupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 20:46:00

West Virginia's governor on Tuesday named a former head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to lead a state investigation into last week's coal mine explosion that left 29 miners dead.

'Heavy hearted community'updated: Mon Apr 12 2010 12:58:00

CNN's Ines Ferre reports on how a West Virginia community is coping after the lost of 29 coal miners.

9 bodies remain in West Virginia mine; recovery effort under wayupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 12:58:00

Recovery crews worked in a West Virginia coal mine Monday, hoping to bring out by late afternoon the last nine bodies remaining there out of the 29 miners who died in an explosion a week ago, officials said.

West Virginia mine being reventilated so bodies can be recoveredupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 16:32:00

Efforts were under way Sunday to reventilate a sprawling West Virginia coal mine so crews can recover the bodies of 22 miners who died in an explosion Monday, authorities said. Seven bodies were removed soon after the blast.

Obama urges probe into mine disaster after last bodies foundupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 11:37:00

President Obama on Saturday urged a thorough investigation into a deadly explosion at a West Virginia coal mine that killed 29 people, hours after rescue efforts at the mine gave way to an operation to recover the dead.

Missing miners' fate may be known soonupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 22:44:00

Rescuers expect to find out by about midnight whether any of the four missing miners is still alive, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Friday night.

Rescuers pulled from mine againupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 22:44:00

Officials explain why rescue crews were pulled from the West Virginia mine overnight.

More air testing neededupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 06:19:00

Air inside a West Virginia coal mine remains too dangerous for rescue crews to enter where four miners may be trapped.

Mining disaster raises questions about effectiveness of safety lawsupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 06:19:00

Two West Virginia mining accidents within 17 days in January 2006 killed 14 people and prompted Congress to pass the most sweeping mine safety legislation in 29 years.

Rescuers to make 'mad dash' to search for trapped West Virginia minersupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 02:47:00

Crews planned to pump nitrogen into a West Virginia coal mine as the search resumed early Friday for four miners who may be trapped after a deadly explosion earlier in the week.

Rescuers determined to resume mine searchupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 23:36:00

Federal authorities were determined late Thursday to resume the search in a West Virginia coal mine where four miners may be trapped after a deadly explosion earlier in the week.

Rep. Rahall: Implement and enforceupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 23:36:00

A West Virginia congressman talks to CNN's John King about warning signs and accountability leading up to the mine blast.

CNNMoney: Coal mining safety: Better but still perilousupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 13:25:00

As this week's explosion in a West Virginia mine proved, coal mining is still a very dangerous job. The mining accident in Upper Big Branch Mine killed 25, making it the worst coal mining disaster in 25 years.

Rescue teams get ready to go undergroundupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 22:54:00

Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration talks about rescue efforts at a West Virginia mine.

Air inside mine now appears safe; rescuers might enter soonupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 22:54:00

Air samples from the mine where 25 miners were killed Monday are no longer explosive, and rescuers may soon begin searching for four unaccounted-for miners, a federal official said late Wednesday.

Mine deaths spark criticism of operator's recordupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 09:23:00

The deaths of at least 25 workers in a West Virginia coal mine this week have turned a harsh spotlight on the safety record of the mine's owner, which has paid record fines for safety and environmental violations.

Praying for family membersupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 09:23:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports that families of trapped miners in West Virginia don't know the fate of their loved ones.

CNNMoney: Massey Energy stock sinks 11% after mine explosionupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 05:37:00

Shares of Massey Energy plunged over 10% Tuesday, one day after an explosion at one of the company's coal mines in West Virginia killed at least 25 workers and left 4 missing.

Coal miner dies after roof collapseupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 21:57:00

A coal miner died Monday morning from injuries sustained in an underground roof collapse at an eastern Pennsylvania mine, state and federal officials said.

Report: Mine collapse lasted seconds, not triggered by quakeupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 05:29:00

The Crandall Canyon mine collapse that killed six miners in Utah last summer lasted only seconds and was not caused by an earthquake, a new study says.

Congressman wants criminal inquiry on collapsed mineupdated: Thu May 08 2008 20:09:00

A criminal investigation should be opened into whether the operators of Utah's Crandall Canyon mine purposely misled safety officials about mine conditions before the deadly 2007 collapse, the chairman of a House investigation committee said Thursday. Coal Co. Cited for Fatal Violationsupdated: Thu May 08 2008 10:00:00

Coal operator Massey Energy Co. was cited for safety violations that federal investigators say contributed to the death of a West Virginia miner last year, according to a federal report

Report: Government negligent in Utah mine collapseupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 22:07:00

Federal safety officials were negligent in their approval of work plans for a Utah coal mine that collapsed in August 2007, leaving nine dead, a Labor Department report concluded Monday.

Judge: Investigation into deadly mine accident is privateupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 20:36:00

The press does not have the right to get access to the government's investigation into the deadly August accident at the Crandall Canyon mine, a federal judge in Utah ruled Tuesday.

Utah mine investigation documents should not be public, agency saysupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 20:39:00

Court proceedings of the investigation into the collapse of Utah's Crandall Canyon mine should not be made public, argue attorneys for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Seeking mine answersupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 10:27:00

Relatives of those lost in the Crandall Canyon mining disaster tell Congress about their loss.

Congressman: Utah mine collapse appears a 'preventable tragedy'updated: Thu Oct 04 2007 10:27:00

Relatives of the six dead Utah miners told a House committee Wednesday that their loved ones were victims who had voiced safety concerns prior to the August 6 collapse.

News media sue to open probe into Utah mine disasterupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 13:44:00

A coalition of news media organizations has filed suit in an effort to get the government investigation into the Crandall Canyon mine accident opened to the public.

Search ends for buried Utah minersupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 22:01:00

There is "no remaining hope" of finding six men trapped for almost a month in a Utah coal mine alive, a federal official said Saturday.

Utah mine search halted indefinitelyupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 23:26:00

Federal officials have indefinitely suspended efforts to find six men trapped for nearly four weeks inside a coal mine after a robotic camera failed to provide any useful information, an attorney for the men's families said Friday.

'Disappointment' in Utah miner search as robot camera blockedupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 23:16:00

A video camera that was lowered down a seventh hole Thursday in search of six coal miners trapped inside a mountain found only a few feet of clear space and piles of rubble and mud, federal officials said.

Utah mine searchers still hoping for 'miracle'updated: Thu Aug 30 2007 07:52:00

Crews searching for any sign of six miners trapped for more than three weeks are "hoping a miracle could happen," a federal official told lawmakers Wednesday, while another hole was drilled to insert a robotic camera into the mountain.

Robotic camera gets stuck during search for Utah minersupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 22:54:00

A robotic camera lowered into a mountain became stuck 10 feet from its target, forcing crews to come up with another route to attempt getting video of an area where six miners might be trapped, an official said Tuesday. Lawmakers Probe Utah Mine Accidentupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 10:50:00

Lawmakers in Washington announced twin probes into safety at the Utah mine where six miners were trapped and three rescuers were killed

Families of trapped miners question safety of Utah mineupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 22:19:00

With six trapped coal miners all but left for dead in a crumbling mountain, families and friends vented their frustration at the mine's owner Tuesday and asked: Was it too dangerous to be working there in the first place?

Mine too unstable to keep digging, experts sayupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 08:51:00

A panel of experts said the Crandall Canyon coal mine is so unstable that it would be "unacceptable" to resume digging through it to save six trapped miners.

Mine families statementupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 23:52:00

Mine families statement

Miners' families blast officials, saying, 'We have not lost hope'updated: Sun Aug 19 2007 23:52:00

Families of the trapped six miners accused those in charge of rescue efforts of having "given up" on the missing men.

Crews finish drilling fourth hole into Utah mineupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 08:24:00

Rescue crews will once again be looking for signs of life in Utah's Crandall Canyon mine Saturday after drilling a fourth hole into a mountain where six men have been trapped for more than a week.

'These men died as heroes'updated: Sat Aug 18 2007 08:13:00

'These men died as heroes'

Tunneling halted after three Utah mine rescuers killedupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 08:13:00

Underground efforts to rescue six trapped Utah miners were halted indefinitely Friday after a collapsing tunnel wall killed three rescuers, including a federal mine safety officer. How a Mining Rescue Went Wrongupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 17:00:00

More than 10 days after the disaster, six Utah miners are still trapped and three rescuers are dead. What went wrong? 'Seismic Bump' Blamed for Mine Deaths updated: Fri Aug 17 2007 02:00:00

a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them

Unknown noises from mine shift drilling planupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 08:11:00

Rescue workers said they detected a noise Wednesday night -- though it's unclear what it was -- deep inside the Utah mine where six men have been trapped for nine days. Frustrated Mine Rescue Continuesupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 09:50:00

Efforts to free six coal miners trapped when a Utah mine collapsed nine days ago plodded forward Wednesday, with mine officials hoping to break through a third bore hole

Search for miners continuesupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 22:22:00

Search for miners continues Search For Utah Miners Deepensupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 20:00:00

A search for six missing miners moved Tuesday toward the back of the mine, where officials hoped the men sought refuge in search of an air pocket

Seeking better mine rescueupdated: Sat Aug 11 2007 21:41:00

Seeking better mine rescue

Former mining official: We need to reach miners fasterupdated: Sat Aug 11 2007 21:41:00

The federal official who oversaw mine safety in the 1990s expressed dismay Saturday that it took five days before the first drilled hole reached the area of Utah's Crandall Canyon mine where six men are believed to be trapped.

One killed in Pennsylvania coal mine accidentupdated: Mon Oct 23 2006 13:35:00

A Pennsylvania coal mine accident killed at least one worker Monday morning, the state Department of Environmental Protection said.

Five killed in Kentucky coal mine blastupdated: Sat May 20 2006 12:32:00

An explosion at an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners Saturday, but a sixth survived and walked out on his own, a Mine Safety and Health Administration official confirmed.

CNNMoney: Report: Small fines for dangerous minesupdated: Fri Feb 10 2006 06:27:00

Federal government fines for coal mine safety violations are far below the level imposed by other government agencies and may not be offering incentives for mine companies to fix safety problems, according to a published report.

Mine deaths spur call for 'stand-down'updated: Thu Feb 02 2006 09:02:00

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has called on all mines in his state to halt operations until thorough safety checks are made, following the deaths of two miners on Wednesday.

Survivor of mine explosion leaves hospitalupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 19:26:00

After being treated with respirators, feeding tubes, dialysis and even a couple of hours in a hyperbaric chamber, the sole survivor of the Sago Mine explosion has left the care of doctors who have skippered his recovery efforts over the past three weeks.

Doctor: Miner no longer in coma updated: Wed Jan 25 2006 18:39:00

The doctor treating Randy McCloy, the lone survivor of the Sago Mine disaster earlier this month, said Wednesday that McCloy "can no longer be described as being in a coma."

Fire chief: Crew told to wait outside burning mineupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 22:02:00

Firefighters arrived last week at the Aracoma Alma Mine No. 1 blaze within four minutes of being notified, only to be threatened with arrest and forced to wait more than three hours for a rescue team, their chief said Monday.

Bodies of miners foundupdated: Sat Jan 21 2006 06:32:00

The bodies of two miners who were trapped after an underground fire broke out at Aracoma Alma Mine No. 1 were found Saturday, mine officials said.

Rescuers find no trace of 2 missing minersupdated: Fri Jan 20 2006 04:31:00

Rescue teams reached the face of a West Virginia coal mine Friday but found no sign of two missing miners, officials said.

So much for the CEO administrationupdated: Thu Jan 19 2006 14:46:00

Boy, you really can't take your eyes off this bunch for a minute, can you? If they're not screwing up one thing, then they're screwing up another -- busy little beavers. And then there are the administrative nightmares they have created all by themselves: The new Medicare prescription-drug benefit is such a disaster area, four states took it over in less than a week just to make sure poor people received their drugs.

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