Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mine Boss Charged with Conspiracy Five-Year Sentence Possible for Upper Big Branch Superintendent

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mine Boss Charged with Conspiracy Five-Year Sentence Possible for Upper Big Branch Superintendent

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A U.S. attorney in West Virginia today filed conspiracy charges against the superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine, saying he impeded federal inspections leading up to the April 2010 explosion there that killed 29 miners.

Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W.Va., was charged with conspiring to block Mine Safety and Health Administration enforcement efforts at the mine, from his hiring as mine foreman in February 2008 through his promotion in October 2009 to superintendent, to the deadly explosion on April 5, 2010, which was the nation's worst mine disaster in four decades.

Charges filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston claim Mr. May gave other Upper Big Branch mine officials advance notice of MSHA inspections, allowing them to cover up mine safety violations that would have led to federal citations.

The charges also say he oversaw the falsification of record books and authorized officials at the mine then owned by Massey Energy to direct extra air into sections of the mine where inspections were planned. …

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