BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An environmental group has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn government approvals for seven coal mines in four states. Jeremy Nichols with WildEarth Guardians in Denver said Thursday that the Department of Interior's approvals were illegal because no public notice was given. At... more »
A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky mining company to stop alerting miners to surprise inspections by federal regulators.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in London, Ky., issued the order Friday barring Manalapan Mining Co. from warning underground miners that inspectors are on site. The tips are a... more »
Two coal miners are missing after an underground rock fall in western Kentucky. Tim Miller, an international representative of the United Mine Workers Union, said the accident occurred early Thursday at the Dotiki mine near Providence. Miller described it as a large underground coal mine.
Miller said he was... more »
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 Monday the samples were taken by a foreman as part of a shift change exam of the... more »
Authorities say crews have found the bodies of four miners missing nearly a week since an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29. Officials say the mission now is to recover all 22 bodies still inside the Upper Big Branch mine 30 miles of... more »
Rescue crews in West Virginia are making their way into the mine where four men remain missing after Monday's explosion.
The crews had to wait until toxic gases were vented. There appears little hope anyone is still alive. Besides looking for the four men, rescuers will try to retrieve... more »
Some relatives of those killed in the West Virginia coal mine explosion are angry about the way they heard the news.
Rather than getting a call from executives of the mining company, they say they learned their loved ones were dead from government officials or a company Web site.... more »
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio... more »