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The Tragic World of West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

This email says it all about the tragic world of West Virginia.

Corporate Criminals Cheat Because They Don't Fear Jail Time. That Must Change. Now.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When is someone at General Motors going to go to prison for the lives lost thanks to their cheating? Or Toyota? And although we may not be able to count the bodies today, we know that Volkswagen's cheating harms the environment, and that the dirtier air for which they are responsible will cut lives short.

Court Lifts Gag Order In Deadly Mine Disaster Case

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va., March 5 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court lifted a sweeping gag order on Thursday that sealed court...

Bruce Stanley's Got a Chip on His Shoulder

Laurence Leamer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Bruce Stanley's enraged that the legal and political system is his native state of West Virginia is so corrupt that the bad and the compromised often float to the top of the system while the true and the caring are just as often endlessly stymied.

The Poisoning of Justice

Laurence Leamer | Posted 12.11.2011 | Green
Laurence Leamer

Two weeks ago I stood waiting to get into a hearing in Charleston, W.Va contesting a $35 million settlement in a case in which Rawl Sales, a Massey subsidiary, allegedly poisoned the water of 700 residents.

RFK, Jr. Says Massey Coal 'Offensive To The Public Interest'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

Should a corporation with a track record of frequent legal violations be allowed to operate? Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Free Speech For People say no....

Dave Jamieson

Feds Cite Chronic Safety Failures In Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with overseeing mine safety released on Wednesday its preliminary findings on the Upper Big Branch Mine disast...

The F Word: Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of "solidarity" and even "class war." The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

Coal Dust Propagated Upper Big Branch Explosion: MSHA

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The fatal April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine started with a frictional ignition on the longwall face involving as little at 13 cubic feet of methane that would not normally be expected to cause such devastation.

Black Cross Movement Calls Out Dangerous Navajo Coal Mines (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the Labor Department made an unprecedented move yesterday to file a court injunction to shut down a hazardous Massey Energy coal mine in eastern Ke...

Let's Cheer the Chilean Miners -- and Fight for Workers Everywhere

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

While I cheered for the miners coming up from the ground beneath the Atacama Desert, it was painful to recognize yet another sign of the dangerous, corporate-driven agenda that has far more regard for the bottom line than for working people.

Mother Jones Is Still Calling Out Deadbeat Coal Barons (on Coal Miner's Day)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Mother Jones, the miner's angel, may be gone, but Mother Jones magazine just called out International Coal Group -- who gave us the Sago, WV tragedy -- for 20,000 clean water violations.

Dan Froomkin

Massey CEO Blankenship On Mine Disaster: No Regrets | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Don Blankenship, whose Upper Big Branch coal mine had been cited hundreds of times for safety violations before it blew up in April killing 29 workers...

Massey CEO Don Blankenship's Bad Week Ahead

Swamp Politics | Kim Geiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship has a tough week ahead. Blankenship, whose actions at the Massey helm have been under scrutiny after a massive e...

As Coal Miners Die and Bulldozers Raze Historic Blair Mountain, Petition Calls for National Registry Re-Listing

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Five areas in the historic Blair Mountain Battlefield in West Virginia are being bulldozed into oblivion by reckless Big Coal mountaintop removal operations.

Dan Froomkin

Upper Big Branch Disaster: Concern About Intimidation By Massey Prompts Mine Safety Investigators To Solicit Anonymous Tips | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Alarmed by reports that Massey Energy officials are intimidating miners and their families, the Department of Labor announced today that it is launchi...

Goodbye Massey Coal Dust: Welcome to the Ed Wiley Elementary School!

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Nearly four years ago, retired coal miner and grandfather Ed Wiley walked from Charleston, West Virginia to Washington, DC, asking state and federal o...

Washing Mother Earth's Face

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

It's an extraordinary lesson in civic pride and patriotism that Hispanics, one of the country's most underserved communities, are willing to make sacrifices for the common good.

BP, Climate Blues? On Coal River Film Arrives in DC with Triumphant Story of Nation's Most Inspiring, Fearless Activists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers


Mine Disaster Company Sues Mine Safety Regulator For Allegedly Violating Its Constitutional Rights

Wall Street Journal | KRIS MAHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. sued the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and three of its officials Tuesday, arguing that the agency wouldn't approve ...

The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Until we see some serious structural changes in the coal industry, it is going to continue doing what it has been doing: trading death for profit.

Like Blowing Up the Alps: Is Swiss Bank UBS the Last Financier of Massey's Big Coal Mayhem?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

And then there was one. Swiss banking giant UBS is now reportedly Massey Energy's last primary financier. Go figure. If any lending institution mig...

Safety Awards That Endanger Workers' Lives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the after...

Lucia Graves

Blankenship, Massey CEO, Insists He Did Nothing Wrong | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Six weeks after the massive explosion that killed 29 miners at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia, Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, still see...

Mountaintop Removal Redux: Bobby vs. Blankenship II

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

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In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition.