Upper Big Branch Disaster

To those who lost loved ones at Upper Big Branch, the former coal CEO's Senate run in West Virginia feels like harassment.
The coal baron, whose fiancée is reportedly Chinese, suggested McConnell has conflicts of interest.
Don Blankenship is attempting to "shift the blame for a decade of death, destruction and despair," said union president Cecil Roberts.
With Massey Energy's Don Blankenship in jail, coal companies are concerned about these tricky "law" thingies.
Suddenly, capitalism American-style looks a little more human and a little more fair, if recent developments on the business front become a trend.
"Working with what we we got, how can we make this year more meaningful?"
Dirtbag CEO Don Blankenship gets just one year in a case that began with 29 dead miners.
Tommy Davis lost three of his family members to the Upper Big Branch mining explosion.
Twenty-nine miners died in a 2010 explosion because of safety violations at one of his mines.
Michigan didn't have to poison Flint's children. That was a values choice. And Republican Gov. Rick Snyder values big business more than little children.
For far too long in this nation's history, coal operators have recklessly endangered their workers' lives, with thousands of workers dying in accidents and many hundreds of thousands more dying and suffering from black lung and associated diseases.
After 29 men died in his company’s mine, Don Blankenship is fighting to stay out of prison. But he’s already won the battle to convert coal country to his brand of conservative politics.
Unfolding with the plaintive air of an elegy, Blood on the Mountain captures mining companies' blatant disregard for the health and lives of coal miners -- and the mountains they call home -- as a timely reminder of the legacy of an essentially outlaw industry and its 150-year reign in West Virginia.
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