Upper Big Branch Disaster: Massey Kept Two Sets Of Safety Books!

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 6:38 am

It is one thing to think that a company like Massey Energy is cheating safety regulations. It is quite another to find out that they kept two different sets of safety books. That is a crime in and of itself. Here is hoping it leads to a RICO case and charges of Felony Murder for Don Blankenship and everyone who helped kill 29 miners just for a little extra profit.


The Party Line – March 25, 1911

By: Friday March 25, 2011 7:57 am

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of America’s most horrific industrial accidents, happened 100 years ago today, on March 11, 1911. Though New York City’s fire department arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call, the fire at this “modern” high rise at the corner of Washington Pl. and Greene St. still claimed the lives of 146 people, most of them young women and teenage girls. Some were burned, some died of smoke inhalation, some were crushed pushing for the exits, some fell from a faulty fire escape, and some jumped nine stories in an attempt to escape the flames.

It was a catastrophic, once-in-a-lifetime failure of what were considered more than ample emergency response systems. No one could have possibly anticipated. . . .

EPA Blocks Major Mountaintop Mining Project

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 12:45 pm

Today, the EPA flat-out revoked the permit for one of the largest mountaintop removal projects in the nation.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Susan Kushner Resnick, Goodbye Wifes and Daughters

By: Sunday May 2, 2010 2:00 pm

A coal mine saddled with unsafe conditions. Wealthy mine owners willfully ignorant of safety violations and unventilated toxic gasses threatening miners. And government officials unable to hold the mines to the most basic safety standards. It all led to the deaths of dozens of miners caught in an underground explosion.

But this isn’t the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. It’s a World War Two era mine explosion in Montana.

“Goodbye Wives and Daughters,” by Susan Kushner Resnick, is the thorough account of the 1943 coal mine explosion in Bearcreek, Montana that killed 74 miners.

FBI Investigating Massey Energy for Bribery

By: Friday April 30, 2010 4:50 pm

It’s criminal investigation week! Not only is the DOJ investigating Goldman Sachs, but the FBI has launched a bribery investigation into Massey Energy, the owner of the Upper Big Branch Mine and a company that regularly condones what amounts to serial murder by negligence.

Admiral, You Fire Him for Dereliction of Duty

By: Monday April 19, 2010 7:29 pm

Retired Admiral Inman, Member of Massey Coal Board of Directors, sees no reason to fire Don Blankenship. Open your eyes, Admiral; it’s called “dereliction of duty.”

Massey Energy – When Profit Kills

By: Saturday April 17, 2010 12:45 pm

In the late afternoon of April 5th of this year, an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch Coal mine. It killed 29 of the 200 or so miners that were working underground that day. Mining is a dangerous business, especially coal mining where the material you are mining is the same material that holds up the roof. There is also the added problem that coal is carbon, and where there are large amounts of carbon there will be volatile hydrocarbons, specifically methane. A methane and or coal dust ignition is the likely cause of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

Obama Takes Stand on Worker Safety

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 5:55 pm

President Obama just released a statement showing an extreme attentiveness to the Massey Energy mining disaster in Coalmont, West Virginia. He has called for an initial assessment report from federal mine safety officials next week, as well as action items for how to prevent accidents like the one that caused the greatest loss of life in over 25 years.

There’s a very simple way to make mining safer – put Don Blankenship and Massey Energy out of business.

Who is Don Blankenship? Massey CEO Has Much to Explain in Wake of West Virginia Coal Mine Disaster

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 2:02 pm

Don Blankenship is CEO of Massey Energy, the owner of the Upper Big Branch mine that exploded yesterday, killing at least 25 miners with four still missing in the mine. Blankenship is well known as a right-wing crackpot and global warming denier, but I want to paint just a brief picture with regard to this disaster

25 Confirmed Dead in Massey Mine Explosion

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 6:55 am

Overnight, the explosion at the Massey Energy mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia has gone from six dead to 25 dead, making it the worst mining disaster in over two decades. With only 200 employees, one out of every eight working at the site died in the explosion. And more are feared dead.

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