The mine was operated mostly by African American prisoners who, under Alabama's onvict lease system, had been "leased" to the mine owners. Regardless of how minor their crimes were, all of them rdied in the disaster.
The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has found another mine with the same types of violations that caused 29 deaths last year.
Today marks one year since 11 workers were killed in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
The problem started 30 years ago when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers who were protesting the very conditions that led to this debacle.
Residents concerned about the safety of their towns and drinking water won a first victory over "fracking" as outgoing Gov. David Paterson signed an order banning the practice until July.
Another offshore oil rig exploded and burned in the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 2, 80 miles south of the Louisiana coast.
As oil washes up on Florida beaches, scores of cleanup workers are falling ill.
Workers struggling to stem the oil flow on the Gulf Coast are falling ill and some are filing class actions suits against BP.
Women who have spent their lives fighting oil company pollution and profiteering denounced Dick Cheney and the company he once headed for their role in the oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.