Coal Company Reportedly Set To Pay $200 Million In W. Va. Disaster

“The owner of West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch coal mine is reportedly ready to pay $200 million to settle civil and criminal claims resulting from the explosion that killed 29 people last year,” NPR’s Howard Berkes reports.

He adds that:

“The settlement was first reported by the Charleston Gazette, and some details were confirmed by NPR. A private briefing about the settlement is scheduled Tuesday morning for the families of the victims. A public announcement is set later in the morning.”

Howard has been following the Upper Big Branch disaster story, in posts for us and for NPR’s Mine Safety in America series. We’ll add more about the settlement news as it develops.

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