Coal Mine Study Awarded A Grant

West Virginia University is creating a model to determine the probability of coal mine fires and explosions. The university's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is creating the model. The 15-month study will also delve into the roles of moisture and rock and coal dust. The Alpha Foundation awarded the project a $150,000 grant. After buying Massey Energy, who owned the Upper Big Branch coal mine where 29 men died in a 2010 explosion, Alpha agreed to form the foundation and fund $48 million in mine safety projects.