Op-Ed: Massey Energy Chose Profit Over Safety Regulations

06/13/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Editorial

Federal safety inspectors cited the Raleigh County operation thousands of times for dangerous law violations, including buildup of explosive methane and coal dust. But Massey avoided closure of the profitable mine by snarling the U.S. bureaucracy with endless legal appeals. Lifesaving enforcement apparently was obstructed.