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.
|By: Bill Egnor Wednesday June 29, 2011 6:38 am|
|By: Eli Tuesday May 11, 2010 6:01 pm|
Government regulatory agencies and congressional oversight committees are captured by the industries they’re supposed to regulate. Massive and supposedly unforeseen disaster occurs as a result. Public is outraged. Congress and President seize the moment to demand sweeping reform. And then… well, not so much. The reforms that eventually get passed never seem to go as far as they should, and the industries responsible emerge largely unscathed.
|By: Bill Egnor 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.