mine disaster News

Vale to Pay $7 Billion for One of Worst Ever Mine Disasters

Vale SA reached a settlement agreement with Brazilian authorities for a dam collapse that killed 270 people and led to production cutbacks that stripped the company of the title of world’s biggest iron ore producer. The deal comes two years …

Jailed Coal CEO Wants Misdemeanor Overturned in Deadly Blast

Attorneys for Don Blankenship and the federal government are back in court this week as the former coal operator appeals his misdemeanor conviction in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. Blankenship reported to a California federal …

West Virginia Mine Disaster Film in Works

When R.J. Nestor and David Scoville first wrote a screenplay about the 1968 Farmington No. 9 mine disaster in which 78 men perished, they sought someone to make the film. Then the two, who mostly have worked in plays and …

West Virginia House Passes Governor’s Mine Safety Bill

West Virginia’s House of Delegates has unanimously approved legislation meant to prevent a repeat of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the bill that advanced Tuesday to the Senate. It includes provisions targeting methane …