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CEO of US coal company where blast killed 29 given prison sentence 07 April 2016

Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 on April 6 for his role in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine coal mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 workers. Blankenship was given the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor conviction and was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation after release....

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CEO of company responsible for fatal West Virginia mine blast could face 31-year prison term 14 November 2014

On November 13 the former CEO of the company operating the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, the site of an explosion in 2010 that killed 29 people, was indicted on federal charges relating to a mine safety investigation that followed the blast. In a statement issued by his office, US attorney Booth Goodwin said the four counts carry a maximum combined penalty of 31 years in prison....

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Upper Big Branch mine supervisor given 21 months in prison 21 January 2013

Gary May, the former superintendent at a mine where 29 men were killed in a blast in April, 2010, has been given a 21-month prison term. He admitted in March to charges of falsifying records, disabling a methane gas monitor and tipping off workers ahead of inspections at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia....

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Former Massey Energy manager charged with conspiracy over 2010 US mining disaster 03 December 2012

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia stepped higher up the corporate ladder at Massey Energy on November 28 with new criminal charges against David C. Hughart stemming from the investigation of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers. ...

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Most Upper Big Branch mine disaster victims had black lung disease 09 July 2012

According to a report in the Charleston Gazette, many of the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in April 2012 were suffering from coal workers' pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung disease. This is caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of coal dust and leads to respiratory problems, and in some cases, death....

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Family sues safety contractor over US coal mine deaths 10 April 2012

The father of a 25-year-old coal miner killed in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch disaster is suing a company that was under contract to do safety examinations for Massey Energy, which owned the mine. Scott Napper has opened a case against David Stanley Consultants, two years after the worst US mining disaster in decades. The blast killed 29 men, including his son, Josh, who worked for the safety consultancy....

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US mine safety agency failings highlighted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster report 26 March 2012

An independent review by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) enforcement at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia says the agency failed to spot a number of enforcement deficiencies at the mine, which were major factors in the April 2010 explosion that took 29 lives. ...

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MSHA report on deadly UBB mine blast admits further agency failings 09 March 2012

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration review of the Upper Big Branch coal mine blast in April 2010, which killed 29, contains evidence of further significant failures in the agency’s oversight of the mine. ...

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Mine safety agency internal review admits they missed problems at Upper Big Branch mine 07 March 2012

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s internal report into West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners were killed in an April 2010 explosion, admits the agency should have done better but denied they contributed to the tragedy....

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Former Upper Big Branch mine security chief gets three-year sentence 02 March 2012

On February 29, former Upper Big Branch mine security chief Hughie Stover was sentenced to three years in prison. Stover was the security chief at the West Virginia coal mine in April 2010, when an explosion killed 29 miners....