Coal Mine Disaster Update

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.

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Posted on April 6, 2010, in crime, Economics, editorial, history, Legal, News, Opinion, Politics, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Coal Mine Disaster Update.

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