Mining

6:01pm

Mon February 28, 2011
Mine Safety in America

Massey Safety Chief Indicted in Mine Disaster Probe

Federal agents arrested a Massey Energy chief of security Monday on charges of lying to the FBI and obstructing the criminal investigation into last year's deadly mine disaster in West Virginia.

Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, of Clear Fork, W.Va., was indicted on Feb. 25. The indictment is the first in the mine disaster investigation and was unsealed after Stover's arrest Monday.

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3:33pm

Wed February 2, 2011
Business

Rare Earth Metals Crunch Prompts Concern in West

Denver-based Molycorp's Mountain Pass Mine in California
photo courtesy of Molycorp

Rare earth metals such as cerium and tantalum are needed to make everything from iPods and hybrid car batteries to wind turbines.  China is the world’s biggest producer of rare earths.  And the country’s looming decision to cut off exports could put a major strain on global supply. This has some technical colleges in the West ramping up their curriculum to train students to meet future demand. 

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4:16pm

Fri January 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Massey Continues To Shift Blame For Mine Explosion

Ten days after the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported its working theory about the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, mine owner Massey Energy presented its latest findings Friday to reporters and the families of the 29 miners killed.

"Our conclusion to date is different," said Massey Vice President and General Counsel Shane Harvey.

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4:49pm

Wed January 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds Illustrate Likely Cause Of Big Branch Mine Blast

Investigators from the Mine Safety and Health Administration today briefed reporters on what they believe caused the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 in West Virginia last April.

Their working theory about the blast confirmed much of what we've already reported in our stories this morning and last Friday.

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4:16am

Wed January 19, 2011
NPR News Investigations

Feds Reveal Theory On Why W.Va. Mine Exploded

For four hours Tuesday night, investigators from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) laid out their working theory about what happened April 5, just before a West Virginia coal mine exploded and 29 miners were killed.

They went through the explosion scenario step-by-step in an MSHA auditorium in Beckley, W.Va., filled with relatives of the victims, some weeping at times at the painful implications of the evidence.

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