Thursday, November 13, 2014

NW WI should file away this coal company cultural story

Does Wisconsin - - other than Scott Walker with 700,000 reasons for feeling that way - - really want to allow an out-of-state coal mining company to dynamite, excavate, truck,  mill, dewater and otherwise depredate the Penokee Hills for 35 years of low-grade iron ore?

Consult this meditation on the industry's practices unearthed:
Longtime Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted 
Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive officer of Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges that he orchestrated the routine violation of key federal mine safety rules at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. 
A federal grand jury in Charleston charged Blankenship with conspiring to cause willful violations of ventilation requirements and coal-dust control rules — meant to prevent deadly mine blasts —during a 15-month period prior to the worst coal-mining disaster in a generation. 
The four-count indictment, filed in U.S. District Court, also alleges that Blankenship led a conspiracy to cover up mine safety violations and hinder federal enforcement efforts by providing advance of government inspections.

1 comment:

Jim Limbach said...

South America was once a haven for Nazis on the run. If convicted he might just disappear ala Ken Lay. Another closed casket funeral?