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

2 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

2 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

2 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

Trial of Mining CEO Blankenship: Quotes from Week 2

The criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship went into its second week. Jurors heard from former employees of the Upper Big Branch mine, the scene in 2010 of the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.

Prosecuting CEOs for Dead Workers

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is facing three felony counts and thirty years in prison for his direct role in the deaths of 29 coal miners in 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mine he owned. I believe this is the first time a CEO has faced felony charges for workplace safety issues. Cole […]

Coal Exec Finally Brought to Trial

Those who can still recall Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch (in Montcoal, West Virginia) disaster, on April 5, 2010, where a mammoth coal mine explosion killed 29 miners, will be pleased to learn that Don Blankenship, the former CEOShow More Summary

Former Massey Energy CEO faces trial in coal mine disaster

On April 5, 2010, an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine in the heart of West Virginia coal country, killing 29 people. The explosion in the town of Montcoal was the worst mine disaster since 1970. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and other regulators found numerous...

Trial Begins For Former Massey CEO Over 2010 Mine Disaster

4 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Don Blankenship, 65, is accused of conspiring to violate mine health and safety standards in connection with the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia that killed 29 workers.

Don Blankenship faces more prison time for lying to Wall Street than 29 deaths at Upper Big Branch

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Don Blankenship With Don Blankenship, the notorious former Massey Energy CEO, about to go on trial for multiple charges stemming from the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 miners in 2010, Mother Jones' Tim Murphy takes an in-depth look at Blankenship's brutal business practices and consolidation of political power in West Virginia. Show More Summary

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.

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