Coal Mining http://wesa.fm en U.S. Faces Backlog of Black Lung Benefits Claims http://wesa.fm/post/us-faces-backlog-black-lung-benefits-claims <p>Health professionals, lawyers and U.S. senators met in Washington Tuesday to explore the challenges faced by coal miners suffering from black lung disease.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor will look to hire two administrative law judges and bring back a retired judge in Pittsburgh in 2015 to handle growing black lung claims, according to Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:33:53 +0000 Michael Lynch 33019 at http://wesa.fm Two West Virginia Coal Miners Killed Doing Risky Retreat Mining http://wesa.fm/post/two-west-virginia-coal-miners-killed-doing-risky-retreat-mining <p>The two workers killed in an underground coal mine in West Virginia were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.</p><p>Retreat mining has been going on for generations and is considered standard practice in mines where coal reserves are running out. It involves yanking supporting pillars of coal from inside the mine and letting the roof collapse as miners and equipment work their way out.</p><p>The son of one of the workers who died Monday night at Brody Mine No. 1 said his father understood the risks.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:48:08 +0000 The Associated Press 29190 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" http://wesa.fm/post/rep-murphy-coal-leaders-point-federal-standards-job-killers <p>Coal advocates, union leaders, and tradesmen were joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-R-18) in the Allegheny County Courthouse’s courtyard to denounce new standards on carbon emissions for power plants.</p><p>Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) &nbsp;proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions for all future coal-fired power plants. &nbsp;Regulations on current plants have not been released yet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:50:04 +0000 Tim Camerato 18863 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption http://wesa.fm/post/price-justice-true-story-greed-and-corruption <p>In April of 2010,&nbsp; 29 coal miners were killed in an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big branch Mine in West Virginia. It was the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since 1970.</p><p>In March of this year a former Massey Energy official accused Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/28/173178951/former-massey-ceo-accused-of-conspiracy-in-court-hearing">conspiring and plotting</a> to hide safety violations from federal safety inspectors. And that was just the tip</p><p>of the iceberg.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 23:17:27 +0000 Heather McClain 9489 at http://wesa.fm The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption Quaker Group to Protest PNC Mining Investments http://wesa.fm/post/quaker-group-protest-pnc-mining-investments <p>The Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is coming to Pittsburgh once again to challenge PNC’s financing of mountaintop mining.<br><br>The group made headlines last year as members set out on a 17-day walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to protest during the annual shareholders meeting.<br><br>While they’re not walking this year, EQAT will be protesting at Tuesday’s meeting.<br> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:12:23 +0000 Tim Camerato 8277 at http://wesa.fm Earth Quaker Action Takes Direct Action Against PNC http://wesa.fm/post/earth-quaker-action-takes-direct-action-against-pnc <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mission of the Earth Quaker Action Team, also known as </span><a href="http://eqat.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">EQAT,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is to call attention to PNC Bank’s financial funding of coal companies engaging in mountain top removal coal mining. Last year they set out on a two-hundred mile walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to protest at a PNC shareholders meeting. This year </span>EQAT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Board Member </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Ingrid Lakey</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is back in Pittsburgh, she talks with us about the actions they would like PNC's new CEO to take.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 06:59:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8167 at http://wesa.fm Earth Quaker Action Takes Direct Action Against PNC