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April 7, 2010 | By Tom Hamburger and Andrew Zajac
Massey Energy Co. has been cited for repeated mine safety violations in recent years, racking up hundreds of penalties at the Upper Big Branch mine, where an explosion Monday killed at least 25 workers. Federal prosecutors also have brought two criminal complaints for violation of worker protection rules at other mines run by the company, the nation's sixth-biggest coal-mining firm. Massey officials say they have an above-average safety record and have received awards for their performance at individual mines.
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February 22, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The then-superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia was charged Wednesday with conspiring with others to block federal regulators from enforcing safety requirements at the facility where 29 people were killed in an explosion. Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W.Va., became the highest-ranking employee to be charged in the April 5, 2010, disaster. Because he is accused of conspiracy, others at the mine's former owner, Massey Energy Co., likely are targets of action as well.
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May 1, 2010 | Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, law enforcement sources said Friday. The case originated in the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of West Virginia, which has prosecuted the coal company for criminal violations of safety standards in the past. A spokesman for that office referred questions to the Justice Department's press office in Washington, which declined to comment.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times, and Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2000 | Dow Jones
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.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2010 | By Peter Slavin
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Stocks ended mixed Tuesday after a rally in bank shares offset drops in some technology names. The Dow Jones industrials edged down 3 points, while broader indexes rose. For a second day, the Dow got within about a dozen points of the 11,000 level. Stocks got a brief bounce late in the day when the Federal Reserve released meeting minutes suggesting that policymakers were growing more upbeat about the economy but weren't prepared yet to raise interest rates. Financial stocks led the market higher on upbeat comments by analysts about regional banks.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
The owner of the West Virginia coal mine where a fiery explosion killed 29 miners last year has agreed to pay a record $209 million in compensation and fines, officials said Tuesday, but the financial settlement does not stop other investigations into the disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine. The settlement stops federal prosecutors from pursuing any criminal charges against Alpha Natural Resources, the company that acquired the mine's owner, Massey Energy Co., in June. But inquiries into individual criminal liability are ongoing, and the agreement does not bar prosecutors from pursuing criminal charges against individuals, according to U.S. Atty.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2011 | By Sheri Linden, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"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.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2010 | By Peter Slavin
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.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2010 | Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, law enforcement sources said Friday. The case originated in the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of West Virginia, which has prosecuted the coal company for criminal violations of safety standards in the past. A spokesman for that office referred questions to the Justice Department's press office in Washington, which declined to comment.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times, and Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
OPINION
April 20, 2010 | Scott Martelle
Watching the events unfold around Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch coal mine the last few weeks created an uneasy sense of deja vu. And it had less to do with 29 miners' bodies below ground than with power plays and corporate hubris above it. The deadly West Virginia mine explosion came four days after the 100th anniversary of the start of a lengthy Colorado coal strike that eventually led to open guerrilla warfare between miners and the...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2011 | By Sheri Linden, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"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.
OPINION
April 20, 2010 | Scott Martelle
Watching the events unfold around Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch coal mine the last few weeks created an uneasy sense of deja vu. And it had less to do with 29 miners' bodies below ground than with power plays and corporate hubris above it. The deadly West Virginia mine explosion came four days after the 100th anniversary of the start of a lengthy Colorado coal strike that eventually led to open guerrilla warfare between miners and the...
NATIONAL
April 15, 2010 | By Christi Parsons
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Stocks ended mixed Tuesday after a rally in bank shares offset drops in some technology names. The Dow Jones industrials edged down 3 points, while broader indexes rose. For a second day, the Dow got within about a dozen points of the 11,000 level. Stocks got a brief bounce late in the day when the Federal Reserve released meeting minutes suggesting that policymakers were growing more upbeat about the economy but weren't prepared yet to raise interest rates. Financial stocks led the market higher on upbeat comments by analysts about regional banks.
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