8 dead, 3 missing after central China coal mine blast

A coal mine explosion Tuesday in central China has left eight people dead and three injured, state media reported. The blast occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the Zoubao mine in Hunan province. Eighteen people escaped, only one of them injured, according to the official Xinhua News Agency and a Tuesday statement from China’s national safety regulator, […]

Posted at 3:04 PM on February 14, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , | Continue reading

Coal miner killed in underground Pike County mine

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An underground coal miner has been killed in a machinery accident at an eastern Kentucky mine. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 42-year-old Ray Hatfield died Thursday in a conveyor belt accident at R&C Coal’s No. 2 mine in Pikeville. It was the first coal-related death in Kentucky in 2017. […]

Posted at 8:26 AM on January 29, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , | Continue reading



Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.