April 26, 2010 |
At a somber memorial for 29 coal miners Sunday, President Obama said it was a moral imperative for the U.S. to prevent the sort of underground explosion that triggered the worst mine disaster in four decades. The president said he had been flooded with messages since the April 5 tragedy at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, with people imploring him, "Don't let this happen again." "How can we fail them?" Obama told about 2,800 mourners at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
June 9, 2000 |
Fluor Corp.'s bold decision to separate its Virginia coal-mining operations from its main engineering and construction business was roundly applauded on Wall Street on Thursday as investors sent the company's stock up 10%. The Aliso Viejo company said the change would allow each operation to succeed by focusing better on independent growth strategies and allowing shareholders a clear choice of investing in both firms or in one industry. The company said it will create a new Fluor Corp.
May 5, 2002 |
Judy Bonds, her daughter and grandson were the last ones out. They packed up and left Marfork hollow early last year, the rear guard of more than 50 families in a community that had existed for nearly a century--until the A.T. Massey Coal Co. arrived on this stretch of the Big Coal River in southern West Virginia.
April 7, 2010
Richmond, Va.-based Massey Energy Co. is the largest coal producer in central Appalachia, operating 47 underground and surface mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. It was founded in 1920 as a coal brokering business and began mining operations in 1945. In 2009, Massey reported coal revenue of $2.3 billion and recorded net income of $104.4 million. Massey reported employment of 5,851 at the end of 2009. The company has repeatedly fended off organizing drives by the United Mine Workers of America and the union currently represents 76 Massey employees, union spokesman Phil Smith said.
June 9, 2000 |
In a bold move, Fluor Corp. said it will separate its worldwide engineering and construction business from its Virginia coal-mining operations, a decision that boosted the company's lackluster stock price 10% Thursday. The Aliso Viejo company said the change would allow each operation to succeed by focusing better on independent growth strategies and allowing shareholders a clear choice of investing in both firms or in one industry. The company said it will create a new Fluor Corp.
April 6, 2010 |
Brenda Willis rushed out of the One Stop food shop Tuesday wearing a "Route 3 Spousal Group" T-shirt and carrying an armful of sandwiches and cold drinks. "For the families of the lost ones," Willis said as she loaded the food into an SUV for delivery to families gathered at the Upper Big Branch mine office to learn the fates of the missing miners caught in Monday's explosion. Like virtually everyone in the string of unincorporated villages that dot Route 3 along the muddy Big Coal River, Willis knew several victims of the worst U.S. coal mine disaster since 1984.