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  • Ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship due to report to prison

    A federal appeals court rejected a bid Thursday by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal of his conviction related to the …


  • Feds will expand Spokane mining research laboratory

    Federal officials plan to double the number of employees at Spokane’s mine research laboratory, adding more than 40 positions and creating a new Western district office for worker-safety programs. The …


  • Miner’s family sues Hecla for Lucky Friday Mine death

    The family of a miner killed in a tunnel collapse two years ago has sued Hecla Mining Co. Larry “Pete” Marek, 53, was crushed to death in a cave-in more …


  • Hecla gets a pass on tougher oversight

    Federal mine safety officials will not impose tighter enforcement on the Lucky Friday Mine in Shoshone County after Hecla Mining Co. demonstrated it has made safety improvements there. The Mine …


  • Miners to return to Lucky Friday

    WALLACE – The closed Lucky Friday Mine will begin rehiring workers in July and should return to a full workforce by the end of the year, said Phil Baker, Hecla …


  • Feds say mine not inspected as ordered

    After a violent rock burst at the Lucky Friday Mine on Nov. 16, federal inspectors ordered mine managers to conduct twice-daily monitoring to check if stress was building up in …


  • Rockefeller: Congress must act on mine safety

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In light of a report on a deadly coal mine blast, some Democratic members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation say it’s time for Congress to stop delaying …


  • Mining deaths second-lowest in a century

    The number of U.S. mining deaths last year was the second-lowest reported since statistics were first recorded in 1910, the U.S. Department of Labor says.


  • Seven injured in Lucky Friday Mine collapse

    Several trapped miners were saved from the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, on Wednesday in the third rescue effort launched there this year. Seven miners were transported by air …


  • Miners rescued at Lucky Friday Mine

    Updated report: Several trapped miners were saved from the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, on Wednesday in the third rescue effort launched there this year. Seven miners were transported …


  • Historic settlement in massive coal mining fatality

    The West Virginia coal mine blast that killed 29 men has yielded a wide-ranging and historic $210 million settlement proposal to compensate victims’ families, pay fines and improve underground safety …


  • Regulators slam Hecla for miner’s death in April

    Federal mine safety regulators have handed out four citations to Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. after a miner died in the company’s Lucky Friday Mine in April. Hecla acknowledged fines …


  • Lucky Friday miner dies from his injuries

    For the second time this year, a miner has died after sustaining injuries while working at Hecla Mining Co.’s Lucky Friday Mine. Brandon Lloyd Gray, 26, was critically injured Thursday …


  • Lucky Friday miner dead

    For the second time this year, a miner has died after sustaining injuries while working at Hecla’s Lucky Friday mine.


  • Two injured in Lucky Friday Mine

    Two miners were injured Thursday while working to expand the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. One was hospitalized in critical condition, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.


  • Rescue at Upper Big Branch mine halted

    Dangerous gases forced rescue crews to abandon the search Thursday for four coal miners missing since an explosion killed 25 colleagues in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than …

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