MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of the West Virginia mine
where 29 men died in an explosion two years ago on Thursday says it will begin to permanently seal the mine soon and finish the job by
Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, which acquired the mine
when it bought Massey last summer, announced Wednesday it will use concrete to seal large tunnels miners use to enter the Upper Big
Also Wednesday, the mother and siblings of one of those killed
sued former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship and eight others,
calling them responsible for the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in
Blankenship, who has retired, did not immediately respond to
efforts to get his comment.
The lawsuit does not target Massey or Alpha Natural Resources.
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