April 28, 2010 |
The company that operated the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 miners this month was able to "game the system" by using a lengthy appeals process to avoid safety shutdowns, witnesses told a Senate committee Tuesday. Massey Energy Co., which was cited 515 times for safety violations at the Upper Big Branch mine last year and 124 times this year before the April 5 explosion, was able to continue mining coal. Many of the violations were for improper ventilation of methane and coal dust, the suspected causes of the worst U.S. mine disaster in 40 years.
December 13, 2000 |
Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that the new Fluor Corp. in Aliso Viejo will replace Massey Energy Co. on the S&P 500. The new Fluor is a spinoff from the old Fluor, which was renamed Massey. Fluor, which provides engineering, construction and other services, will trade under the ticker FLR. Massey, a Richmond, Va., coal company, will trade under the ticker MEE. After the spinoff next week, Massey Energy will replace American Freightways Corp. in the S&P SmallCap 600. FedEx Corp.
January 31, 2001
The Aliso Viejo construction and engineering company, which is changing to a calendar year, reported a net loss of $4 million, or 5 cents a share, for the two-month period ended Dec. 31, which included a $15.6-million compensation charge resulting from the company's recent spinoff from Massey Energy. For the same period a year ago, net income totaled $27.8 million, or 36 cents a share. Revenue increased 12% to $1.9 billion.
December 9, 2011
The federal report on last year's West Virginia coal-mine explosion that killed 29 miners describes company managers so consumed by greed that they created a second set of books to hide safety problems, intimidated employees into staying silent about on-the-job hazards and called ahead to sections of the mine where inspectors were headed so that dangerous conditions could be hurriedly hidden. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration trumpeted its record-breaking, $209-million settlement this week with Alpha Natural Resources, the company that bought the Upper Big Branch mine from Massey Energy Co. after the accident.
June 15, 2011 |
"The Last Mountain" is a damning look at Big Coal and its landscape-decimating practices, a litany of disheartening statistics and enraging testimony. But director Bill Haney leavens the lament with a moving portrait of the West Virginia residents who are standing up to the bulldozing — physical and spiritual — to save an Appalachian peak from the fate of its neighbors. Whether the view is aerial or up close and personal, the documentary presents wrenching evidence that mountaintop removal mining is more expedient for the coal companies — key among them the headline-familiar Massey Energy — and disastrous for just about everyone else.
October 3, 2010 |
Few homeowners in Appalachia dare to stand up to coal companies. But Bo Webb did, and achieved the unthinkable: He forced a company to move blasting on a mountaintop-removal strip mining site away from his hollow. Webb recently went to Washington, D.C., to press the government to shut down mountaintop removal ? the practice of blowing up mountains to reach coal seams. Since May, Webb has worked as a leading organizer of Appalachia Rising, the first national mobilization against mountaintop removal.