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Upper Big Branch Mine hits for The Bluegrass Outlaws

The Bluegrass Outlaws have made a lot of big steps since forming at the beginning of this year. The talented group won the 2016 SPBGMA Band Championship in February, and have now been signed to Wilson Pickin’s Bluegrass Promotions for representation. Show More Summary

Coal Industry Worried Its Executives Might Somehow Be Responsible For Their Companies' Actions

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

After Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship knowingly conspired to violate the safety standards at his Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, a jury of his peers said, “Yeah, you are totally guilty of conspiring to violate the safety...Show More Summary

Prosecutors Win Jail Sentence, But No Justice, For Upper Big Branch Miners

6 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Six years after an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia claimed the lives of 29 coal miners in the worst disaster of its kind since 1970, a court has rendered a sentence on Massey's former CEO, Don Blankenship...Show More Summary

Heartbreaking: Man who lost three in mine disaster breaks down at ‘coal king’ sentencing

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A man who lost three loved ones in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia reacted emotionally on Wednesday after a judge sentence former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to 12 months in prison. Although U.S. District Judge Irene Berger did not allow the families of victims to...

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship Sentenced to One Year in Prison For Conspiracy to Evade Mining Safety Rules

Disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship received the maximum possible sentence today for his misdemeanor conspiracy conviction, in a criminal case spurred by the Upper Big Branch disaster that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia in 2009. Mr. Show More Summary

“We’ve been waiting for this day” — Blankenship gets prison time

It’s been six years and one day since 29 men were killed by a coal-dust explosion at former Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine. Today, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger sentenced the company’s former CEO Don Blankenship for his practices that contributed to the disaster.

Notorious Coal Baron Don Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison

A federal judge in West Virginia sentenced former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to a year in prison on Wednesday for conspiring to commit mine safety violations at his company's Upper Big Branch mine during a period leading up to the explosion there that left 29 miners dead in 2010. The mountaintop estate where Blankenship once hosted visitors. Show More Summary

Caperton Coda: Blankenship Gets a Year in Jail for Mining Disaster

NYT: The sentencing, in Federal District Court here, came six years and one day after an explosion tore through Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29 people. Although Mr. Blankenship was not accused of direct responsibility for the accident, the … Continue reading ?

Donald Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison in Mine Safety Case

6 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The sentencing of the former chief executive of Massey Energy Company comes six years and one day after an explosion tore through the Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29.

‘Coal king’ sentenced for the deaths of 29 miners — and you won’t believe what he got away with

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Former coal mining CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to on Wednesday for the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 men in 2010. The sentence: one year in prison, the maximum under the charge for which he was actually convicted — and handed down six years and one day after the event itself....

This week in the war on workers: Don Blankenship escapes full justice for Upper Big Branch

10 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship didn’t get off the hook entirely for his role in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 coal miners in 2010, but he didn’t face full justice, either. A federal jury on Thursday found...Show More Summary

Coal Baron Don Blankenship Found Guilty Of Conspiring To Violate Mine Safety Standards

The verdict is in: Don Blankenship, the outspoken coal baron who was CEO of Massey Energy when the 2010 Upper Big Branch disaster in West Virginia claimed the lives of 29 coal miners, has been found guilty of conspiring to violate federal...Show More Summary

Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy: Massey Energy CEO Blankenship Convicted of Conspiracy

More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. Show More Summary

Mass Murderer Gets Off With Hand Slap

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who murdered 29 workers at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010, has been convicted of only a misdemeanor conspiracy charge and will serve at most a single year in prison. Let us remember what he has done: Two government and two independent investigations blamed the Upper Big Branch deaths […]

Coal baron convicted of misdemeanor after mine disaster that killed 29

In one of the few prosecutions of a mining executive for safety violations, Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship was convicted on one of the three counts brought against him in relation to the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine collapse in West Virginia that killed 29 people. An investigation of the event found a plethora of warning […]

A Verdict Is Reached in Don Blankenship's Trial

The former Massey Energy executive was found guilty of conspiracy, but acquitted of securities fraud and making false statements related to the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Former Massey exec found guilty of conspiracy in West Virginia mine blast

10 months agoNews : The Newsroom

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was found guilty on Thursday of conspiracy to violate mine and safety standards in a trial over the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 people.

Former Massey Energy C.E.O. Guilty in Deadly Coal Mine Blast

10 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Donald L. Blankenship was found guilty by a federal jury of violating mining safety in the deaths of 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch mine when he was C.E.O. of Massey Energy.

Defense Rests in Trial of Ex-Coal C.E.O., Calling No Witnesses

Lawyers for Donald L. Blankenship, accused of conspiring to violate safety standards before 29 people died at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010, had been expected to call many witnesses.

Recordings Of Massey Energy CEO Introduced As Evidence Could Be His Downfall

Donald Blankenship, the coal baron who tried to buy himself a judicial appointment to duck liability judgments, and who was the CEO of Massey Energy at the time the Upper Big Branch mine collapsed, is on trial. In what can only be called...Show More Summary

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