Now he’s filed papers to start another coal mine venture.
|By: Oxdown Diaries 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.
|By: David Dayen Saturday August 28, 2010 11:30 am|
After the explosion that rocked a West Virginia mine, killing 29 workers, Mine Safety and Health Administration inspectors have stepped up their efforts, using the regulatory tools already available to them to expand their enforcement activities.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday July 28, 2010 1:00 pm|
Although there wasn’t any room for teachers’ jobs, there was apparently enough for some money for working people: included in the bill was $22 million in mine safety funding. This money will help alleviate a “backlog of more than 17,000 cases involving mine operator appeals of safety and health violations,” according to the House Education and Labor Committee.
|By: Bruce H. Vail Thursday July 15, 2010 4:15 pm|
There seemed to be an otherworldly presence in the hearing room Tuesday when a Congressional committee began formal consideration of new coal mine safety legislation.
|By: Bruce H. Vail Monday July 12, 2010 6:30 pm|
Tomorrow afternoon, Congress will once again take up new legislative proposals to improve coal mine safety. After decades of repeated mining disasters, countless unnecessary deaths and injuries, and continual demands for remedial action, can Congress finally get mining safety legislation right? The outward signs are not encouraging.
|By: Michael Whitney 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.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday May 19, 2010 5:45 pm|
The LA Times has an interesting portrait of the survivors of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico – the topic that has distracted me from keeping up with content over here at Work in Progress – about the risks of their jobs.
The conversations with offshore oil workers seem remarkably similar to those with coal miners. The risky work environment brings with it a lucrative paycheck, for far more pay than these workers could make working on land. At the same time, workers know every day they’re out in the middle of the ocean, dealing with potentially explosive materials that can put their lives at risk at any moment.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday April 15, 2010 8:50 am|
Rep. George Miller released the list of the 48 most dangerous mines in America. These are the mines that have the most outstanding health and safety contested by the mine owners.
We reassembled the data released by Miller’s committee into easy, sortable tables.
|By: David Dayen 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.