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BREAKING: Upper Big Branch Disaster Leads To $200 Million Settlement, Prosecutions Still Likely

By Brad Johnson

"BREAKING: Upper Big Branch Disaster Leads To $200 Million Settlement, Prosecutions Still Likely"

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Alpha Resources, the owner of disgraced coal mine company Massey Energy, will pay a $200 million settlement in fines, safety improvements, and victim restitution for the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch disaster of April 2010. The deal between Alpha and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin lifts civil penalties and criminal liability for the mining company, but does not prohibit prosecutions of Massey officers and employees, including former Massey CEO Don Blankenship.

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