A former Massey Energy Co. executive has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role in the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 29 miners. David C. Hughart, 53, pleaded guilty February 28 to federal charges of conspiracy to impede the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and conspiracy to violate U.S. laws regulating mine health and safety. As president of Massey subsidiary company White Buck Coal, Hughart is the highest-ranking executive charged thus far in connection with the Upper Big Branch blast, the deadliest mining disaster in more than 40 years. ... Read More
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