Posts Tagged with "Upper Big Branch"

Massey’s Parent Company Accepts Financial Responsibility For Upper Big Branch Disaster

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Massey’s Parent Company Accepts Financial Responsibility For Upper Big Branch Disaster

No amount of money will bring back the 29 men who died because of Massey Energy’s gross disregard for safety, but hopefully this will help their families start to feel a sense of justice. According to the Charleston Gazette: “Alpha Natural Resources will spend $200 million on fines, victim restitution and mine safety improvements to [...]

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Massey’s Dearly Departed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Massey’s Dearly Departed

“When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?” -Frank Costello, The Departed What [...]

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Report: Massey’s Outlaw Corporate Culture Caused Coal Mining Disaster

Friday, May 20, 2011

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Report: Massey’s Outlaw Corporate Culture Caused Coal Mining Disaster

On April 5, 2010, Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mining disaster claimed the lives of 29 miners. Now an independent investigator, former MSHA head David McAteer, has found that Massey Energy operated in a “profoundly reckless manner and 29 coal miners paid with their lives for the corporate risk-taking.” The report found that poor ventilation [...]

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A Bad Year for Dirty Energy

Monday, April 4, 2011

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A Bad Year for Dirty Energy

April 5th is the one-year anniversary of the disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine, in which 29 coal miners lost their lives needlessly thanks to Massey’s disregard for worker safety in its reckless pursuit of profits. It was also something of a kickoff for what would turn out to be a really bad [...]

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The Death of Irony

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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The Death of Irony

Are we living in Bizarro world? As a final kiss goodbye to Massey Energy, the coal industry has once again spit in the eye of everything we hold to be moral or ethical. The West Virginia Coal Association awarded Massey Energy with the “Mountaineer Guardian” Awards. That’s right, the WV Coal Association considers the poster [...]

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Coal Tattoo: Massey’s Blankenship to Plead the Fifth in Mining Disaster Probe

Monday, December 13, 2010

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Coal Tattoo: Massey’s Blankenship to Plead the Fifth in Mining Disaster Probe

Don Blankenship is going to plead the 5th in the Upper Big Branch probe. Seems that Big Don is invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. I’m pretty shocked and awed by this bit of information. I guess all those times I called Blankenship a “homicidal maniac,” his lawyers didn’t disagree. Per Ken Ward at Coal [...]

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Is The End Nigh For Massey?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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“In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile.” — Hunter S. Thompson The stories are flying like hard boiled eggs at Faber College’s lunch room. News sources have reported that Massey’s sale to Cliff Natural Resources may be imminent. Massey’s reputation as the “poster child” of mountaintop removal and a top producer [...]

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The New Battle of Blair Mountain

Monday, June 28, 2010

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Massey doesn’t give a shit. Every day, their mountaintop removal mining operations destroy a little more of our natural heritage. It depopulates communities. It poisons the ground water. Their underground operations received international attention after Massey’s constant shirking of federal regulations led to the deaths of 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch mine in [...]

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Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: “Coal is Dangerous”

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: Coal is Dangerous Washington, D.C. (5/20/10)— Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network attended the 2:00pm Massey Energy hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. RAN activists were present to ensure that Massey’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, was held accountable for his role in [...]

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Two Anti-MTR Non-Violent Activists in West Virginia Held on $100,000 bail each

Monday, May 17, 2010

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It’s pretty outrageous that a criminal thug like Massey CEO Don Blankenship walks around free (going to the Massey Shareholder’s Meeting tomorrow,) while two non-violent anti-MTR activists are held on $100,000 bail each. I think it and say it over and over, but the criminal justice system there is so corrupted by Big Coal is [...]

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