Violation Tracker Individual Record

Alpha Natural Resources
Current Parent Company: 
Alpha Metallurgical Resources
December 6, 2011
Offense Group: 
safety-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
workplace safety or health violation
Secondary Offense: 
mining violation
Violation Description: 

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has agreed to make payments and safety investments totaling $209 million in connection with the criminal investigation of the April 5, 2010, explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine (UBB) in Montcoal, W.Va., announced Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney R. Booth Goodwin II for the District of West Virginia and officials with the FBI and Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General. The explosion at the UBB mine claimed the lives of 29 coal miners and injured two others. At the time of the explosion, the mine was owned by Massey Energy Company, whose operations came under Alpha's control in a June 1, 2011, merger.

Level of Government: 
Action Type: 
agency action
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Civil or Criminal Case: 
Prosecution Agreement: 
non-prosecution agreement
Facility State: 
West Virginia
HQ Country of Parent: 
HQ State of Parent: 
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
mining and minerals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
coal mining
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Parent company note: 
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