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lvbrun
Acta non verba
08:19 AM on 12/04/2010
It's ironic that this article is posted under the HP "Green" tab, since nothing could be further from the truth when discussing coal. Seems it would be more fitting if there was a tab for Unsolved Crimes or America's Most Wanted.
08:14 AM on 12/04/2010
I wonder if he is planning to go into hiding - or perhaps flee the country?
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Donns
08:09 AM on 12/04/2010
As a matter of interest how much is the bonus for getting 29 men killed?
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artist-53
Wordy opinionated poor spelling Liberal
08:07 AM on 12/04/2010
Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, called Blankenship "one of the most aggressive, intelligent and certainly one of the most outspoken leaders in the coal industry.

"I don't think it's any of my business whether it's good or bad, I've just observed that Don's been quite a leader over the years," Raney said.

And it is exactly that type of attitude and non thinking that allowed Massey coal to continue which has led to so many infractions, deaths and law suits. They just kept rolling along and didn't care one bit enough to even THINK one way or another? Because their sole purpose is profit.

Shameful.
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realpolitic
Obama does care!
08:02 AM on 12/04/2010
It is too bad a guy like Blankenship can totally overlook his humble origins and then work against the interests of the average coal worker his entire career.  Where Blankenship has gone has gone death and destruction for mine workers and a series of mine safety violations by the company.
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Opygollopy
The more I talk to people, the more I love my dogs
07:57 AM on 12/04/2010
He is retiring and one of his cohorts is replacing him. "We have worked together for 28 years". Well, Whoop De Doo. Not much change there is it?

The man should be jailed, if not for safety violations and manslaughter, just for his blind arrogance.

1.8 million to elect 41 Republicans and one Supreme Court Plant (called a judge) - Nepotism anyone.

America has gone to h#ll in a handbasket and he is one of the reasons. He has no conscience, no soul and cares not a whit for anyone but himself. His anal retentiveness has flattened the beautiful Appalachia and for what? Poor heath, environmental damage and pollution. All for cheap energy.

Wake up America. You are falling so far behind the global community in green energy (which is cheaper) you will never catch up.
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Transam man
I've got the Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues
07:49 AM on 12/04/2010
This will free up some time to be on "Dancing with the Stars"
07:52 AM on 12/04/2010
the major R#T leaving the ship
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Dennydorite
To Serve Man--A Cookbook
07:45 AM on 12/04/2010
This person (?) is directly responsible for the deaths of miners and the destruction of thousands of acres of beautiful Applachian mountains. He got away with purchasing his very own West Virginia State Supreme Court justice (?). Still he walks away with millions in his pockets. He has a smug, arrogant and condescending attitude toward all who disagree with him and he represents everything that is dispicable about the American right wing: greed, selfishness, hatred of the natural world, and contempt for all working people. I don't believe in hell but if there is one I hope there is a special spot reserved for this guy.
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scodwyer
07:30 AM on 12/04/2010
On second thought....if he does get the luxury of prison versus a vigilante taking care of him, may he buy a truckload of Vaseline, cause he will be bending over a lot I suspect...and it won't be to tie his shoelaces!
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07:07 AM on 12/04/2010
Good riddance.
06:58 AM on 12/04/2010
He is retiring to spend more time with his family AND to be hired by the chief lobbying group for the mining commission. The republican congress will welcome him with open arms. Well, one arm open and a hand held out for him to put cash into.
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Longtimeliberal
06:41 AM on 12/04/2010
Yesterday he announced the mine closure and today he resigns! Interesting, sound like someone trying to avoid legal issues to me. It is too bad he got away with so much all these yrs. How many died at his mines? How many injuries?
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VungTauVet
Mayonaise is my favorite vegetable - Denny Tunnell
08:27 AM on 12/04/2010
Rolling Stone predicted he'd leave to void legalities.
06:24 AM on 12/04/2010
Oh snap, I was hoping to see him down in the mines on Undercover Boss.
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zlohcuc
"Serving millions from atop the Allegheny"
05:38 AM on 12/04/2010
What generally happens when peopele lose their lives because of calculated actions by another individual,aka conspiracy...he should be retiring to the cross bar hotel but our frirnds in the DOJ seem to have been on hiatus the past couple of years.
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Turtlenews
04:57 AM on 12/04/2010
Where are the vigilantes when needed
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IMOPINIONH8D
because I want it empty...
08:30 AM on 12/04/2010
They probably are too busy worshipping this guy, he's rich compared to most people around there and that makes him special.