In A Just World . . .


Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship would spend the rest of his life on a chain gang swinging a twenty pound sledge hammer.

From Lawyers and Settlements

In 2006 a fire in the Aracoma Alma Mine (also owned by Massey Energy) caused the death of two miners, and in 2009 Massey subsidiary Aracoma Coal Company pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges and reached a wrongful death settlement. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials warned Massey that it had a “potential pattern of violations” back in December 2007.

Basically the same info from the West Virginia Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Massey Energy subsidiary has admitted to criminal safety violations that caused the deaths of two Logan County coal miners in a January 2006 fire, federal prosecutors revealed Tuesday. Read the MSHA report Read the plea agreement Read the settlement with MSHA

[ . . . ]

Prosecutors agreed that they would not bring additional charges against Massey Energy or any of the parent company’s officers. Documents indicate that more charges are likely to come against mine managers at the Aracoma operation.

From The Hill

If climate legislation never gets much further than it has, it would be just fine with Don Blankenship, the outspoken chairman and CEO of Massey Energy Co., the fourth-largest coal producer in the United States. He believes a climate bill like the one authored by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) could devastate his industry and force more manufacturing jobs overseas. And Blankenship doesn’t believe the problem the bill seeks to address — a planet warming due to human activity — is real.

Unlike other executives, however, you won’t find Blankenship spending millions on trying to sway lawmakers to his way of thinking. Massey Energy spends next to nothing on lobbying on its own, although it is a member of groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that do spend millions of dollars each year to try to influence Congress.

And from October 2006

After he spent $3 million to unseat incumbent State Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw in 2004, Blankenship has now set his sights on spending “whatever it takes” to help win a Republican majority in the state legislature. Democrats have controlled the West Virginia Legislature since the 1930s.

While not all of what Mr. Blankenship is involved in is illegal, all of it borders on the uncaring for another human’s life.  It is what I would call “depraved indifference.” As CEO he appearsa to run Massey Energy with an iron fist.  When Massey Energy’s guilt is finally arrived at in a court of law, Mr. Blankenship should be immediately taken away in chains – forever.

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