Bob Murray donates $1M to WVU for mining research

Bob Murray donates $1M to WVU for mining research

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Bob Murray, owner of a Utah mine that collapsed in 2007 and killed nine people, is giving West Virginia University $1 million for mining research.

Murray is president of Ohio-based coal producer Murray Energy Corp. and a graduate of Ohio State, but he sent three sons to WVU to earn degrees in mining engineering and geology.

WVU said Friday it will now create the Robert E. Murray Chairmanship in Mining Engineering.

Gene Cilento, dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, says the gift will help support research into mining methods, as well as the use of fossil fuels. He says Murray is a longtime supporter of WVU.

Murray Energy is the nation's largest privately owned coal company.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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