The U.S. and Massey Energy Co. flags fly at half staff April 9, 2010, in Rock Creek, W.Va. The flags were lowered for those killed in an explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.
In October 2000, 250 million gallons of coal slurry swept down Coldwater Fork after the bottom fell out of a Massey Energy impoundment in Martin County, Ky.
Then-U.S. Attorney Chuck Miller discusses a plea agreement with Massey Energy subsidiary Aracoma Coal Co. at a December 2008 news conference attended by family members and attorneys for Don Bragg and Elvis Hatfield, the miners killed in a January 2006 fire at the mine.
A protester holds a sign over the heads of retired Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship (right) and company general counsel Shane Harvey before a May 2010 Senate committee hearing on the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.