Mines News

Alpha Says Safety Improving at Legacy Massey Mines

The number of mine injuries has been cut in the five months since Alpha Natural Resources bought Massey Energy, which had owned the coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year, Alpha’s CEO said Thursday. “The year-to-date …

MSHA to Publish Rule on Proximity Detectors

Federal regulators are publishing a proposed rule this week that would require U.S. underground mines to install equipment which automatically shuts down mobile machinery when people get too close. The Mine Safety and Health Administration plans to publish the rule …

MSHA: 64 Percent of Mines Lack Communications Gear

Government figures show the U.S. coal industry remains well short of meeting a 5-year-old congressional mandate to equip underground mines with high-tech communications and tracking gear. Mine Safety and Health Administration official Dave Chirdon says 192 of 529 coal mines …

Mine Inspections Result in Hundreds of Safety Citations

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, federal inspectors issued 166 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at seven coal mines and one dimension stone quarry last month. The seven coal mines were …