mining

Trump Shrinks Public Land To Ease Fossil Fuel Potential–Claims It’s For Public Good (Video)

Trump Shrinks Public Land To Ease Fossil Fuel Potential–Claims It’s For Public Good (Video)

When President Donald Trump announced Monday he would be reducing the sizes of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, he delivered the following message: “The families and communities of Utah know and love this land the best, and you know the best how to take care of your land. You know how to protect […]

Mine Boss Convicted For Massacre Of 29 Miners, But Only Faces One Year In Prison

Mine Boss Convicted For Massacre Of 29 Miners, But Only Faces One Year In Prison

Five years ago, a massive underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners–the largest mining disaster to take place in this country in decades. On Thursday afternoon, the man largely responsible for this massacre got the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. Don Blankenship, the former CEO […]

Don Blankenship Faces More Jail Time For Lying To SEC And Shareholders Than Endangering Miners

Don Blankenship Faces More Jail Time For Lying To SEC And Shareholders Than Endangering Miners

For those who missed it, last week former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted on federal charges that he orchestrated a massive conspiracy to flout federal mine safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch mine, as well as to hide those violations. Although it isn’t directly alleged in the indictment, anyone who […]

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Indicted For Role In 2010 Coal Mine Disaster

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Indicted For Role In 2010 Coal Mine Disaster

Back in April 2010, an underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners in the worst mining disaster to take place in this country since 1970. Late Thursday, the former owner of the mine was indicted on federal charges that he not only flagrantly disregarded mine safety standards, […]