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While appealing year of prison, ex-coal CEO pays $250k fine

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While he appeals a decision that served him a one-year prison sentence, former coal company executive Don Blankenship has paid his $250,000 fine. According to a U.S. District Court filing, the wealthy ex-Massey Energy CEO paid the fine in Charleston on Friday, plus a $25 court fee. Blankenship was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum prison time ...

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The Latest: Ex-coal chief appeals in mine safety case

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s sentencing (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Former coal company chief Don Blankenship is appealing a case that resulted in a one-year prison sentence. In U.S. District Court in Beckley on Thursday, the ex-Massey Energy CEO filed his notice of appeal to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of ...

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Wounds reopened as ex-coal chief gets 1 year in prison

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal company executive Don Blankenship’s expression of sorrow before a federal judge stung for the families who lost loved ones in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in four decades. Some of them on hand yelled at him on Wednesday as he exited the courthouse into a swarm of TV ...

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Ex-coal CEO faces up to 1 year in sentencing for mine crime

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship could receive up to a year in prison and a fine of $250,000 in connection to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades when he is sentenced one day after the tragedy’s sixth anniversary. But just as important as the length of his sentence is whether the ex-Massey Energy CEO ...

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Ex-coal CEO sentencing slated for Wednesday in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship is scheduled to be sentenced for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. The ex-Massey Energy CEO is due in court Wednesday for sentencing. Blankenship was convicted Dec. 3 of a misdemeanor conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine. The southern ...

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Judge denies millions in restitution in ex-coal CEO case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Convicted former energy company CEO Don Blankenship won’t have to pay a coal producer $28 million in restitution related to a mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men, a federal judge ruled Monday. In her order, Judge Irene Berger said Blankenship doesn’t have to pay the money to Alpha Natural Resources, which bought Massey in ...

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Prosecutors seek max prison deal for ex-coal CEO

Prosecutors seek max of 1 year in prison for ex-coal CEO

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors want a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for convicted ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who ran a West Virginia coal mine that was the site of a deadly explosion. In a sentencing memorandum in federal court Monday, prosecutors said a shorter sentence could only be interpreted as declaring that mine safety laws aren’t ...

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West Virginia enviro officials propose $93K fine for Antero

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental officials have proposed a $93,000 fine on an Antero Resources natural gas company for polluting waterways. In a consent order, state Department of Environmental Protection and Antero Midstream LLC agreed earlier this month on the proposed fines for northern West Virginia pipeline activity. The order says Antero pipeline projects in Ritchie, Pleasants, Doddridge and Tyler ...

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Management Team Expanded to Support Growth in Marcellus/Utica Region

Audubon Field Solutions, a global provider of field, pipeline, and engineering services to the oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce two new executive hires and an expansion in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Photo: Pixabay

HOUSTON, TX–Audubon Field Solutions, a global provider of field, pipeline, and engineering services to the oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce two new executive hires and an expansion in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Kurt Newbrough was appointed to Director of Survey and Scott Shaver was named Operations Manager. They join the Audubon Field Solutions team after running their own ...

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Rising GOP star in West Virginia fight for coal against EPA

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, outside the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Morrisey's coal-dependent state is helping lead a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's new clean-power rules. In February the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the rules until legal challenges are resolved. (AP Photo/John Raby)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia attorney general taking on President Obama’s clean power plan, is no stranger to the hot seat: He parlayed a love of tennis as a young adult into becoming a line judge at the U.S. Open and other tournaments, regularly standing up to second-guessing by irate players and fans. Fast forward to ...

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