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

3 weeks 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

last monthNews : 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

last monthNews : 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

last yearNews : 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.

The Epic Rise and Fall of Don Blankenship, former Massey Energy CEO

Three years ago, 29 miners died at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine. It was the worst mining disaster in decades, caused by a methane-fueled blast that was so strong it killed miners more than a mile away and left steel rail lines...Show More Summary

Three years after the Upper Big Branch disaster

Three years ago today, a tremendous blast caused by unsafe conditions at now-defunct Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., killed 29 miners. It was the worst coal mine disaster in this country in 40 years. Read full article >>

UBB mine disaster: the plot thickens as former CEO Blankenship implicated

In the ongoing saga of the federal investigation into the April 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that resulted in the deaths of 29 miners, things recently took a dramatic turn. The legal-criminal proceedings have resulted in four convictions to date. Now, in the most recent proceedings, a top Massey official has implicated former CEO Don Blakenship. According to a...

Don Blankenship, Dark Lord of Coal Country, Implicated in Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Deaths

Just under three years ago, an explosion in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia stole the lives of 29 miners. Many were quick to condemn Massey Energy -- the coal giant that operated the mine -- for their long record...Show More Summary

Next, Dick Cheney Presents His Thoughts on Hunting Safety

Coal mine baron and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed in an explosion in 2010, shares his thoughts on mine safety. Understand that Blankenship is famous for his contempt for safety regulations. In fact, Blankenship’s overall behavior leads one to the word “psychopath.” At [...]

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