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Feb 25, 2022

50 years later: Could a Buffalo Creek disaster happen again?

With the 50th anniversary of the disaster now upon the coal mining communities of southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, the question for many throughout the region remains: Could a Buffalo Creek-type disaster occur again, and what are the risks? Nicole Ziege - Appalachian Newspapers.

May 18, 2012

Jack Spadaro receives conservation award

The National Wildlife Federation honored longtime West Virginia coalfield engineer, Jack Spadaro, who was an advocate regarding mine safety and health and environmental protection with a 2012 National Conservation Achievement Award. State Journal - Taylor Kuykendall, Reporter. YouTube.

June 30, 2010

Is the US Falling Behind on Mine Safety?

April's fatal explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine is a tragic illustration that major mining incidents are still fairly commonplace in the US. Chris Lo asks mine safety consultant Jack Spadaro whether the US mining industry has learned from the mistakes of the past.

March 27, 2009

His Eyes Are on the Spadaro: Coalfields Need Jack Back at MSHA or OSM

Jack Spadaro is a singular figure in the mining world. With nearly 40 years of experience as a mine safety engineer and expert, Spadaro is one of those very rare government regulators who is revered alike by miners and coalfield citizens for his meticulous commitment to safety, health and environmental standards in the coalfields. Huffington Post - Blog Entries by Jeff Biggers

2008 - Jack Spadaro featured on YouTube:

MSNBC – Utah Mine Disaster: Comments from Jack Spadaro


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Sludge Trailer: Appalshop Film, Whitesburg, KY


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February 27, 2006

Who Killed the Miners?

Who’s minding the mines...taking stock of safety in the wake of coal miners’ deaths.

November 01, 2005

The Spadaro Documentary Award

The Spadaro Award is given annually for the best documentary on Appalachia given by the Appalachian Studies Association. The award recognizes the producer for outstanding work in film, video, television, or radio. Technical and Submission Requirements. Make nominations to: Jack Wright Appalachian Studies Association

Awards and Accomplishments


Instructor Training, Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Department of Interior

Meritorious Service Award, Secretary of the Interior

Impoundment Inspector Certificate, MSHA, U.S. Department of the Interior


Engineer of the Year Award, U.S. Department of the Interior


Jenco Foundation Award for Service to Humanity in Appalachia

Chuck Chambers Public Service Award, W.Va. Environmental Council


Helen Lewis Community Service Award, Appalachian Studies Association


Lifetime Achievement Award, Union of Concerned Scientists


Conservation Achievement Award, National Wildlife Federation

A Toxic Cover Up
Sludge Trailer: Appalshop Film, Whitesburg, KY
Sludge is a documentary that investigates a recent Kentucky coal waste disaster and examines the role of federal regulatory agencies in the coalfields. Filmed over four years, the documentary chronicles the aftermath of the spill, the "whistleblower" case of Jack Spadaro, and the looming


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