September 14, 1989
Methane gas ignited in a flash "like a flame thrower" in a coal mine in Wheatcroft, Ky., killing 10 miners in the nation's worst coal mine disaster in five years, authorities said. There were conflicting reports of the number of miners injured in the fire at the William Station Mine, but its parent company, Costain Coal Inc., said no one was trapped underground.
July 26, 1989 |
Most of the holdout strikers among Soviet coal miners returned to work Tuesday, but there was a new walkout threat elsewhere and another outburst of ethnic unrest. At the same time, the revitalized Soviet Parliament called for "organized behavior and good deeds at this difficult period in Soviet history." Scores of mines reopened in the Donets coal basin in the Ukraine and in the Soviet far north after repeated assurances by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Premier Nikolai I.
December 30, 1989 |
Negotiators for the United Mine Workers and the Pittston Co. resumed marathon bargaining in closed sessions in hopes of ending a bitter 9-month-old strike by coal miners in three states. Although substantial progress was reported in meetings last week, there was no word of whether agreement was near in the third daylong session the two sides have held since taking a Christmas break. About 1,700 coal miners in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky are on strike against Pittston.
March 20, 1992 |
An above-ground explosion at a coal mine in Blacksville, W.Va., killed four workers and injured three others, authorities said. The explosion at Consolidation Coal Co.'s mine could be felt at least 15 miles away. It occurred in a seven-story building containing two empty coal bins that stood atop the mine's deep shaft. Workers had been preparing to seal the shaft. Company officials said the cause of the explosion wasn't known.
May 14, 1993 |
At least 25 people were killed after a methane blast ripped through a South African coal mine and rescue workers were searching for a further 28 missing men today. A spokesman for the mine at Secunda, 80 miles east of Johannesburg, said specialized rescue teams had recovered the bodies of 25 mine workers shortly after dawn today, more than 16 hours after the explosion.
February 19, 1992 |
Fluor Corp. said Tuesday that its coal subsidiary has purchased two West Virginia coal mines from Occidental Petroleum Corp. for $41 million. Fluor stock dropped $2 on the news to close at $43.63 per share on the New York Stock Exchange. Analysts said Fluor's lead and coal subsidiaries have pulled down earnings but said the additional coal reserves would make the A.T. Massey Coal Co. more attractive if Fluor decides to sell it. A.T. Massey, based in Richmond, Va.
December 30, 2001 |
There's not much to this village in northern China: a few crumbling stone houses, a dusty store, parched hillsides too steep to farm. Only underground is there any real wealth, in coal seams so shallow they can be seen on the surface, cutting like scars across the ravine that boxes in the village. Now that's out of bounds too.
April 15, 2010 |
President Obama ordered top federal officials to launch a full-scale safety review of coal mines around the nation on Thursday and asked Congress to close legal loopholes that let companies "put their bottom line before the safety of their workers." After summoning safety and labor officials to the Oval Office to answer for the recent explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, Obama ordered them to examine lapses by mine companies' management -- as well as in federal regulators' procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1992 |
On 120 isolated acres of northern New Mexico's high mesa, Connie and Sam Taylor have turned the labor of their forefathers into the art of their contemporaries. Connie Taylor raises sheep to make designer wool destined for chic boutiques, while her husband welds abstract steel sculptures for galleries worldwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000 |
The burly, tattooed high school mascot wears a helmet and wields a pick. Monster trucks compete during King Coal Days. A ramshackle diner serves Coal Miner burgers with greasy fries down by the tracks. Born of the black rock more than a century ago, this south-central Wyoming town of about 1,000 could die by it now that Wyoming's last underground coal mine is closing. Nearly one out of 10 residents will lose his or her job.