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.

 

Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson, Known Anti-Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Activist, Dies

By: Monday September 10, 2012 2:15 pm

Well-known to anyone in the movement to end mountaintop removal—the destructive practice of blowing up mountains to get to coal, Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson had a heart attack and died yesterday at the age of sixty-five.

Two Years After Fatal Disaster, Push to Protect Coal Miners Wears On

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 1:00 pm

In late July, a somber crowd gathered before a long granite wall etched with the rough silhouettes of men standing against jagged mountain peaks. They represented the 29 miners who died in an explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia in 2010. The disaster initially jolted lawmakers to investigate safety conditions in mines, but today, King Coal still rules both in Appalachia and on Capitol Hill.

But some hope to chip away at the industry’s impunity by reforming the lax regulatory system.

FDL Movie Night – The Last Mountain

By: Monday June 27, 2011 5:00 pm

An epic portrait of one community’s long-time battle to take on Massey Energy lawlessness and their Big Coal sycophants in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, The Last Mountain just might be one of the most timely and game-changing films in years. Beautifully filmed, at once provocative and disquieting, The Last Mountain wonderfully captures the inspiring resistance and indefatigable campaigns of coal mining families — and their outside supporters — to stand up and defend their land and lives.

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.

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