Daily Archives: April 6, 2010
…I’m glad to present this definitive video lesson on what the Health Bill really does and why we should be more than glad we have it.
Save this to show your friends and relatives who may have doubts… it will help:
It now looks like the mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, has a significant history of safety violations, including 57 infractions just last month for (among other things) not properly ventilating the highly combustible methane.
It has also ignored many of these violation notices, refused to pay fines and in the past year, faced federal fines of more than $382,000 for repeated serious violations involving its ventilation plan and equipment at Upper Big Branch.
Massey CEO Don Blankenship has a history of bribing politicians and judges and threatening reporters who bring the mine’s violations public. Check out some from the last four years on ABC HERE.
Unfortunately, it looks like Senators Byrd and Rockefeller looked the other way as well.
This morning in West Virginia we are all hanging on the news reports that started last night about the coal mine explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, Monday afternoon.
25 miners are now known dead… four are missing. Search teams have been forced to stop looking, I guess because of the danger of gas buildups… they think there might be another explosion.
Governor Manchin, who returned from a Florida vacation, has said this morning that they are drilling new gas relief holes to clear the mines so that recovery teams can go back in, but it is not expected to happen before 6:00 PM.