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Upper Big Branch miner describes scene at blast

On that dismal day in West Virginia history, when the Upper Big Branch mine exploded, a son of one of the miners, Eddie, went from person to person asking: "Is there any word?"

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OSHA to publicly shame job safety violators

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration "will use not just our normal inspection system, but regulation by shaming" against notorious job safety and health violators.

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Obama at miners’ memorial asks ‘How can we fail them?’

"How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them?" the president said to the thousands at Sunday's memorial in Beckley, W.Va.

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Mine union leader on Massey CEO: Handcuff and jail him!

West Virginia coal miners stopped work April 16 to mourn the 29 killed at the Massey Energy mine, and President Obama ordered a top-to-bottom review of mine safety enforcement.

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Massey CEO to miners: I will close this mine if you vote union

"This guy, making $30-some million in 2005, went inside the coal mine and sat down with every single worker and said: 'If you vote for the union, you're not going to have a job because I will close this mine down.'"

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For the Massey miners: Journal of Catherine Terry, 30 November 1920

As a memorial for the 25 miners who lost their lives this past week in Montcoal, W. Va., at the Massey Energy mine, this poem says more than 100 articles.

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Deadly explosions kill 31 energy workers in one week

ANACORTES, Wash.---Families and co-workers of six oil workers killed in a refinery explosion here April 2 were mourning their dead when three days later another explosion, this one in a West Virginia coal mine killed 25 miners, a deadly toll of 31 energy workers in less than a week.

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Solidarity with Rio Tinto miners: ‘From the Docks to the Desert’

Trucks loaded with $30,000 worth of food, followed by a 150-car convoy, converged on the Rio Tinto Borax mine and plant in Boron, Calif., in solidarity with locked out miners.