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May 16, 2014 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

After more than 250 major MSHA violations, Patriot Coal’s Brody Mine No. takes the life of two West Virginia coal miners

Boone County, West Virginia Continuous mining machine operators Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, and roof bolter Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville, were killed Monday night while retreat mining at Patriot’s Brody Mine No. 1 near Wharton in Boone County.  Federal officials said the mine had so many safety violations that it was deemed…

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May 9, 2014 natural gas well accidents in WV,WV Gas Drilling Injuries,WV Work Accidents

Injuries and Death are on the rise in West Virginia Gas & Oil Industry

The Marcellus Shale natural gas boom has brought jobs and money to West Virginia. However, gas drilling-related injuries and deaths are also on the rise.  The good news is there can be both prosperity and safety for our workers and state, as major energy producer Wyoming has recently shown. Statistics from the U.S. Department of…

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April 16, 2014 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

Don Blankenship’s Documentary About Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster Infuriates US Senator and Community

This year, April 5, 2014, marked the fourth anniversary of the explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners. It was the deadliest coal mine disaster in the United States since 1970.  Every year, friends, family, and West Virginia communities gather to honor, remember, and celebrate the 29…

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December 6, 2013 Coal Mining Accidents,WV Work Accidents

West Virginia Honors Coal Miners and National Coal Miner’s Appreciation Day with Event in Fairmont

December 6th, is National Coal Miner’s Day.  This is the day we officially take the time to recognize the valuable contribution coal miners have made and continue to make to our state and country.  December 6th was chosen by the US Senate, thanks to Senator Byrd and others, because it marks the date of the nation’s deadliest…

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