FDL Book Salon Welcomes Laurence Leamer, The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption

By: Saturday July 6, 2013 1:59 pm

A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice.


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.

Massey to Self-Investigate While Fight For Mine Safety Legislation Continues

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 7:05 pm

Massey CEO Don Blankenship is back in the news again, and so are the Senators from West Virginia. One still trying to make money and keep unions out of mines, the other fighting for better mine safety regulations. I’ll let you guess who’s who.

“Regrets, I Have a… No, Wait, I Don’t Regret a Thing”

By: Friday July 23, 2010 4:45 pm

Don Blankenship: proof positive that some sort of rigorous psychological profiling and the presence of a conscience should be mandatory before hiring a candidate to run the joint.

Massey Energy Turned off Methane Detector at Doomed Mine

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 8:30 am

On February 13, 2010, the management at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine ordered an electrician to disable a methane alarm that kept going off, according to NPR. This is the equivalent of being annoyed that your fire alarm is going off, so you turn it off; then your house burns down and kills you and almost everyone inside.

Don Blankenship Booted from Chamber of Commerce Board?

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 2:15 pm

It appears as though Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, in whose coal mine 29 people died earlier this year in an entirely preventable disaster, has been booted from the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce.

As recently as June 29, Massey was listed as a member of the Chamber’s Board. But now, his name doesn’t appear on the list of current board members, and his specific profile page has been deleted from the website.

Massey Energy Sues MSHA, Claiming Regulator “Violated Its Constitutional Rights”

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 6:30 pm

This takes some stones. Massey Energy, whose mine explosion in West Virginia in April killed 29 people, has decided to sue the Mine Safety and Health Administration, along with three of its regulators, over MSHA’s denial of Massey’s preferred mine ventilation plans.

Massey’s lawsuit says that federal law didn’t allow the company to challenge MSHA’s requirements, saying such a restriction “violated its constitutional rights,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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.

Massey and the West Virginia Mine Disaster: What Went Wrong?

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 3:45 pm

The Mine Safety & Health Act is not to blame for the 29 deaths at Massey Coal. The real problems are much deeper.

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.”

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