35,000 People Call For Massey’s Corporate Charter to be Revoked

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Last Friday, 35,000 signatures were delivered to the office of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden by West Virginia residents who have directly experienced Massey’s disregard for worker safety, community health, and the environment. The petition called for General Biden to revoke Massey’s Coporate Charter.

The delegation included West Virginia community members Lorelei Scarbro and Betty Harrah. No MasseyBetty is the sister of Steven Harrah, one of the 29 coal miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster on April 5, 2010. Lorelei is the granddaughter, daughter, and widow of coal miners, and has family who currently work at the Upper Big Branch mine. Scarbro has been an advocate for the Coal River Mountain project, a campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining on Coal River mountain and instead install a 328-megawatt wind farm on its ridges.

Lorelei and Betty were joined by representatives from a coalition of public interest groups who are leading the call for Massey’s petition to be revoked, including RAN, Free Speech for People, Appalachian Voices and CREDO.

Delivering the Massey Petition“Having a corporate charter is a privilege, not a right,” says Jeff Clements, Free Speech for People’s general counsel. “Delaware, as with other states, reserves the right to revoke or forfeit state corporate charters when they are abused or misused, as in cases of repeated unlawful conduct. Massey Energy has repeatedly demonstrated that it should not be entrusted with a corporation charter.”

General Biden’s office received the petition and responded that he will review the matter.

You can listen to the accompanying press conference here, including comments from Lorelei, Betty and Robert F.Kennedy Junior.

8 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Lauren says:

    Please post information about how concerned citizens can send a personal letter to General Biden asking him to revoke the corporate charter of Massey Energy.

  2. HERBY MARTIN says:

    I AGREE!!!

  3. Bruce Jackson says:

    What Massey does is criminal. I hope the Attorney General does what’s right for the people this time.

  4. Lauren – if you would like to write to Attorney General Beau Biden about this, you can find the mailing address (and other contact information) here: http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/office/contact.shtml

    Letters should go to his attention at the Wilmington address (the first address listed on that page).

  5. Helen Ostrander says:

    Change is a-comin round the bend”. Dirty coal’s stranglehold is faltering big time. Let’s jump on the new band wagon of clean energy sources which can put this country back on it’s feet in a much cleaner way.

  6. Lauren says:

    Thanks Amanda. I sent a handwritten letter.

  7. Kristine says:

    A beginning : ) BP should also be on that list. I signed a petition for that last year but have heard nothing, Those folks occupying wall street need to get to the Attorney Generals office and Occupy their office and Demand these revocations

  8. Beth says:

    These old dirty industries need to go. They’ve already had their turn. Time for the clean energy and industries to take over. Time for Green Energy to do a corporate takeover of their own. Nice–Green Energy and industries are a right and privelege! How do you like that? Ungreedy and sharing is prosperity, and with Green, we are the land of the plenty and abundant–no need for greed. Does it reeeeeallly take a ton of money to go Green? Or is illness and death better and cheaper? Can pollution and destruction be replaced? Or lives? None of it is reversible–these took thousands of years to be, whereas pollution and destruction hardly took any time!

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