Two West Virginia coal-mining units owned by Alpha Natural Resources Inc. polluted streams and damaged aquatic ecosystems, a judge said, ruling in favor of three environmental groups that filed a citizen complaint.
When a federal labor board ruled in September that a West Virginia coal mine had illegally refused to hire union workers, 61-year-old Dave Preast thought his nine- year ordeal was finally coming to an end.
Massey Energy Co. , owner of the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 people died in April, is studying options ranging from a sale of the company to a takeover of Wilbur Ross ’s International Coal Group Inc. , according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Massey Energy Co. , owner of the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 people died in April, surged after the Wall Street Journal said the company is weighing a takeover offer from Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
Peabody Energy Corp. and Consol Energy Corp. operate the two coal mines that lead the U.S. in violations, with more than double the total of Massey Energy Co.’s operation where 29 people were killed this month.
Coal demand is so great Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is buying Massey Energy Co. in the most expensive deal in the industry’s history, 10 months after Massey caused the worst U.S. coal mining accident in four decades.