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.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday July 15, 2010 10:24 am|
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday July 14, 2010 4:30 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.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday July 14, 2010 2:46 pm|
After yesterday’s hearing on new mine and workplace safety legislation in the House – legislation necessary because of the negligence of Don Blankenship’s Massey Energy in the deaths of 29 miners earlier this year – Massey Energy’s press office made a funny.
In order to combat the clear evidence that Massey puts profits over worker safety, the coal company thought it would be a good idea to show just how supportive miners are of the company’s record. Massey claims 97% of its coal miners believe safety is important to the company.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:25 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 Tuesday May 4, 2010 4:57 pm|
Massey Energy CEO doesn’t like unions. Not breaking news, I know, but it was made ever more clear by Blankenship himself as he launched into a conspiratorial anti-union tirade on local televsion in West Virginia this weekend. He also claimed Jay Rockefeller is “evil.”
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 15, 2010 4:29 pm|
I’m a blogger fellow with Brave New Films on their 16 Deaths Per Day campaign for worker safety. Join us on Facebook. The President spoke strongly about the need for accountability in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. He is certainly right about that, but he needs to look beyond one industry when making these [...]
|By: Michael Whitney Monday April 12, 2010 6:42 pm|
S&P curiously upgraded Massey Energy stock from a “hold” to “buy” this morning, and without unquestioningly reported that Massey would be shielded from lawsuits and had plans to make up for the lost coal. Turns out that Massey filed a shareholder statement with the SEC on Thursday .
In the statement, Massey assures its shareholders that its insurance will cover any lawsuits from the mine explosion, and accuses the media of exaggerating its poor safety record.
|By: Michael Whitney Monday April 12, 2010 11:16 am|
This morning’s news from the S&P stock exchange should be music to Don Blankenship’s ears. Massey’s stock has been upgraded to a “buy” because the accident should be “immaterial” to Massey’s finances. This is the bet that Blankenship made with the lives of 29 miners: that he could risk their lives without risking his profits. Richard Trumka called this disaster “the inevitable result of a profit-driven system and reckless corporate conduct.” He couldn’t be more correct. And Don Blankenship couldn’t care less.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday April 9, 2010 11:43 am|
United Mine Workers union president Cecil Roberts said that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship should be held accountable for the deaths of his workers, and that Roberts, along with Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and others in the AFL-CIO, have been discussing how to go about it. Watch it: Roberts also reveals that when Blankenship was [...]
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday April 6, 2010 5:25 pm|
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today on the Massey Energy Montcoal mine disaster, slamming Massey and CEO Don Blankenship for recklessness while honoring the miners and their rescuers.