Jan. 15, 2006, memorial service was held at the West Virginia Wesleyan College chapel in Buckhannon for the 12 miners who died in the Sago Mine tragedy, Westboro pickets carried signs stating: “Thank God for Dead Miners,” “God Hates Your Tears” and “Miners in Hell.” THESE PEOPLE WANT TO COME BACK.
By DENISE GIARDINA Published: April 6, 2010 Charleston, W.Va. PEOPLE in West Virginia had hoped that on Monday night we would gather around televisions with family and friends to watch our beloved Mountaineers face Butler in our first chance at the men’s N.C.A.A. basketball title since 1959. Men working evening shifts in the coal mines … Read more
EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22nd, and it’s 40th anniversary. HOW FAR HAVE WE COME? There is a bigger picture here than a disaster in a mine. Every day more explosive power is used in Appalachia than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Mountains are being destroyed, miners, locals, and all of us are being put in harms … Read more
By Steven Mufson Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, April 6, 2010; 1:47 PM Massey Energy, owner of the coal mine where at least 25 miners died this week, and its outspoken chief executive, Don Blankenship, have long been lightning rods for critics of the coal industry. And although the company says that its safety record … Read more
Associated Press: JULIAN, W.Va. – The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation’s deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations in less than a year and a half, some of them for not properly ventilating methane — the highly combustible gas suspected in … Read more