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Blankenship Lawyers Fight To Keep Mine Explosion Discussion Out Of Criminal Trial

As jury selection begins for the trial of coal baron Don Blankenship, his team of lawyers are doing everything possible to prevent prosecuting attorneys from mentioning the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that claimed the lives of 29...Show More Summary

Busting Don Blankenship

Don Blankenship is one of the worst human beings living in the United States today. The CEO of Massey Energy, the horrible safety record in his mines led to the deaths of 29 miners in a coal dust explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010. Blankenship was a micro-manager and prided himself on […]

Important changes since Upper Big Branch disaster, but coal miner deaths continue

April 5, 2015 will mark the fifth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Since then, some things have change in coal mine safety, especially by MSHA. But more than 200 US miners have died on-the-job since UBB.

Trial of former coal CEO on horizon, five year mark of disaster approaching

The trial of former coal company CEO Don Blankenship---the man largely responsible for the Upper Big Branch disaster---is scheduled to begin on April 20. I'm ready to let the Charleston Gazette's Ken Ward Jr. provide the best play-by-play.

U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

5 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

In West Virginia, an absurdly broad gag order in case stemming from the deaths of 29 miners

8 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Four years ago, a buildup of methane gas and coal dust exploded in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, killing 29 workers in the deadliest American coal mine disaster in 40 years. The mine was owned by the Massey Energy Co., led by CEO Don Blankenship, whose management style and political...

29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem.

Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. TheShow More Summary

Former CEO Indicted For Alleged Role In Deadly Mine Disaster

9 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Don Blankenship is accused of defying safety regulators, when he ran the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia. A blast at the mine killed 29 people in 2010.

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Indicted Over 2010 Mine Disaster

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges for his role in the 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia that killed 29 workers. According to a statement by US Attorney Booth...Show More Summary

Former CEO indicted for 2010 mine explosion

A section on the Upper Big Branch Mine on April 6, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia. Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted Wednesday for safety violations leading up to the April 5 explosion in the mine that killed 29 workers. Show More Summary

Nail His Ass to the Wall

Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, which was responsible for the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine in WV, was indicted today on multiple counts: Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive of Massey Energy, was indicted today on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Former coal boss indicted over 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster

9 months agoNews : The Raw Story

(Reuters) – Donald Blankenship, a former chief executive of Massey Energy Co, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws prior to the April 2010 explosion at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, which killed 29 people. The U.S....

BREAKING: West Virginia Coal Boss Indicted

Don Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy, was indicted on Thursday afternoon for charges relating to the April 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The worst mining disaster in decades, the methane-fueled blast killed miners over a mile away. The post BREAKING: West Virginia Coal Boss Indicted appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Massey Energy CEO Indicted In Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

They say the arc of the universe bends toward justice, and I'm glad the universe finally got around to indicting Don Blankenship: Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive of Massey Energy, was indicted today on charges that he violated...Show More Summary

From Ludlow to Upper Big Branch

I have a piece up at Bill Moyers’ site connecting the exploitation that led to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 with coal companies exploitation of labor and degradation of nature today: In recent years, American mining companies have undermined the effectiveness of many of these reforms. West Virginia mandates that the state legislature must approve […]

Never Again: Don Blankenship-Funded Video Absolves Don Blankenship in Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Deaths

Don Blankenship's hubris is surpassed only by his greed. The “ Dark Lord of Coal Country, ”  as the former CEO of Massey Energy has been called, is using the fourth anniversary of the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine explosion not to honor...Show More Summary

Coal Rush Kids! Illinois Votes to Keep Big Coal in Schools

While coal mining families in West Virginia and across the country mourned the fourth anniversary of the tragic Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster last week, hailed by US Attorney R. Booth Goodwin II as "a conspiracy to violate mine...Show More Summary

Massey Mine Explosion: Gary May Asks 4th Cir. to Vacate Sentence

You may recall Gary May, the former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for hindering U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration investigations into the massive Massey mine explosion back in 2010 that killed 29 miners. He is now asking the Fourth Circuit Court of......

Scary, but for the wrong reasons: Halloween mining disaster "attraction"

Three and a half years ago, 29 miners died in Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. About 300 miles east from the locale of that tragedy, up until a day or two ago, you could walk through a "haunted" Halloween maze called The Miners' Revenge at King's Dominion theme park. The "attraction" was described this way: "Alone in the...

Kings Dominion 'Insensitive' For 'Miner's Revenge' Attraction

2 years agoNews : The Two-Way

The attraction, part of the theme park's "Halloween Haunt" event, was seen by many as in poor taste due to the region's familiarity with mine disasters, in particular the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion in West Virginia which killed 29 miners.

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