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Today in Eco-history: Coal mine disaster kills 128

The mine was operated mostly by African American prisoners who, under Alabama's onvict lease system, had been "leased" to the mine owners. Regardless of how minor their crimes were, all of them rdied in the disaster.

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Mine owner to pay $210M for deadly explosion

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."

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Mine safety chief: “Some still aren’t getting it”

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has found another mine with the same types of violations that caused 29 deaths last year.

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One year after deadly BP explosion, troubles persist

Today marks one year since 11 workers were killed in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

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LaHood “had no idea” air traffic controllers were tired

The problem started 30 years ago when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers who were protesting the very conditions that led to this debacle.

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NY governor bans fracking - for now

Residents concerned about the safety of their towns and drinking water won a first victory over "fracking" as outgoing Gov. David Paterson signed an  order banning the practice until July.

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Another oil rig explodes

Another offshore oil rig exploded and burned in the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 2, 80 miles south of the Louisiana coast.

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Worries mount on oil spill health effects

As oil washes up on Florida beaches, scores of cleanup workers are falling ill.

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Oil cleanup workers fight back against BP

Workers struggling to stem the oil flow on the Gulf Coast are falling ill and some are filing class actions suits against BP.

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Cheney blasted for blocking oil well safety valve

Women who have spent their lives fighting oil company pollution and profiteering denounced Dick Cheney and the company he once headed for their role in the oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.

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