An advocacy group is charging that the $209 million settlement in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster announced yesterday does not serve justice, and that the mine operator should instead face criminal prosecution for the deaths of 29 workers in an explosion on April 5, 2010.
The United Mine Workers of America has released its investigation into the April 5, 2010 fatal explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine – South (UBB) in Montcoal, Raliegh County, West Virginia.
As the trial of the former chief of security at the Upper Big Branch Mine gets underway this week, the United Mine Workers (UMW) are calling the 2010 fatal explosion at the mine an act of “industrial homicide.”
In what the U.S. Department of Labor is calling the largest gathering of its kind, more than 100 mine rescue teams from around the country competed last week in the 2011 National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition in Columbus, Ohio.
Twenty-two of the coal miners trapped in a flooded mine in northeast China since August 19 have been rescued, according to a statement released by the vice governor of the province where the illegal mine is located.
The rescue in October 2010 of 33 miners trapped for more than two months after a partial collapse of the San José Mine in Chile is revisited in “Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine,” a multimedia exhibition that opened at the Washington, D.C. National Museum of Natural History on August 5th— one year to the day after the miners were trapped, according to a press announcement by the Smithsonian-operated museum.