Bankruptcy appellate court overturns decision allowing Peabody Energy to stop paying for health care benefits for 3,100 retirees

[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit today reversed a decision by federal Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States that would have allowed Peabody Energy to stop paying health care benefits for some 3,100 retirees that it had assumed in the spinoff of Patriot Coal. The strongly-worded decision by the three-Judge panel … Continue reading

Patriot marches in Fairmont, attracts Washington attention

As the United Mine Workers of America protested in Fairmont, West Virginia’s representatives in Washington wanted to let them know they were standing behind them. The rally brought in more than 25 buses filled with UMWA miners protesting the cuts to benefits and pay as a result of Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy. Negotiation attempts between the … Continue reading

Coal is only step one in Obama administration’s climate plan, according to industry group

Coal is just the first step in the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming, according to an industry group. “Even though right now [Obama] says the EPA should focus on the utility industry, we all know that other segments, including the refining industry, are well in the cue,” said Charles Drevna, president of the … Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of Don Blankenship

Three years ago, 29 miners died at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine. It was the worst mining disaster in decades, caused by a methane-fueled blast that was so strong it killed miners more than a mile away and left steel rail lines tangled. Appalachia has seen its share of these sorts of accidents … Continue reading

Are Union Leaders Richard Trumka and Cecil Roberts Murderers?

As Don Blankenship faces a likely federal indictment, the former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy is flailing out on his website against his enemies. He has accused the leadership of the United Mine Workers of possibly hiring a contract killer who murdered a strike breaking coal truck driver in 1985. The president of the … Continue reading

Mountaintop Removal Mining Gets Big Blow

In a major step forward in stopping the blasting of mountaintops to get to coal, a federal court unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to veto these projects under the Clean Water Act. In 2011, EPA, for the first time, revoked a permit for mountaintop removal. It was for Spruce Mine, the biggest, most destructive project proposed to … Continue reading

United Mine Workers march on Patriot Coal in Charleston over proposal to cut employee and retiree health benefits.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 union members and supporters rallied at the Charleston Civic Center on Monday, then marched a few blocks to Patriot Coal’s state headquarters, to protest a proposal from the company to cut employee and retiree health benefits. Sixteen people were arrested at the end of the peaceful demonstration, … Continue reading

Complete and utter disrespect speaks for itself

This is NOT A GRAVE YARD! THESE ARE THE GRAVES STONES THAT USED TO BE ON A MOUNTAIN THAT GOT BLOWN UP in mountain top removal coal mining.

Patriot Coal Miners ask: “Who’s Going to Stand for Me?”

This is a call for environmentalists and other critics of coal to come to the aid of America’s miners. Whenever government protection of workers health and safety or the environment rears its ugly head, America’s coal companies are quick to portray themselves as the coal miners’ best friends. They are ever ready to come to … Continue reading

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