Massey CEO Set to Open More Coal Mines

By: Monday December 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Don Blankenship was head of Massey Energy when 29 coal miners lost their lives in a massive explosion. Forced to resign, he has been largely invisible since.

Now he’s filed papers to start another coal mine venture.


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.

Enforcement Rises After Accidents, Recalls

By: 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.

$22 Million in Mine Safety Funding Included in “Emergency” War Supplemental

By: 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.

Can Congress (Finally) Get Coal Mine Safety Right?

By: 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.

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.

Like Coal Miners, Offshore Oil Rig Workers Weather Huge Risks for Middle Class Salaries

By: 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.

The 48 Most Dangerous Mines in America

By: 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.

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.

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