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

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.06.2015 | 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...

Ex-CEO Of Coal Mine That Exploded Indicted On Federal Charges

AP | By JOHN RABY | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-rank...

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.

Former Coal Executive To Enter Plea Over 2010 Disaster Charges

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former president of Massey Energy's White Buck Coal Co. will enter a plea on federal conspiracy charges in January as pro...

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....

Massey Energy Settles West Virginia Coal Slurry Case

AP | By VICKI SMITH | Posted 11.01.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- After a marathon mediation session that ended just before dawn Wednesday, mining company Massey Energy settled a 7-year-old lawsu...

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...

Surprise Inspection Finds Dozens Of Serious Safety Violations At Massey Mine

AP | By TIM HUBER | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Troubled coal producer Massey Energy Co. has been cited for more than two dozen serious safety violations that could have caused ...

Massey Moves To Seal Mine Where 29 Died

AP | Posted 07.02.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Massey Energy Co. is moving to seal a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion a year ago. A federal Mine Sa...

Massey Mines Hit With 80 Citations For Safety Violations

AP | By TIM HUBER | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Massey Energy Co. has been hit with more than 80 citations for safety violations uncovered in the latest round of special inspect...

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.

Excessive Coal Dust Blamed For WV Mine Disaster

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Faced with a small methane gas fire that couldn't be extinguished in a highly volatile underground mine, at least two victim...

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.

Doomed West Virginia Miners Warned Of Coal Dust

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

JULIAN, W.Va. — About the time Michael Elswick was wrapping up work deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine, he phoned a colleague on the surface ...

Coal Giant: Don't 'Rush To Judgment' Blaming Us For West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A 36-foot crack in the Upper Big Branch mine isn't venting methane and didn't contribute to a blast in April that killed 29 ...

Doomed West Virginia Mine Slated To REOPEN Despite Ongoing Investigations

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy plans to resume extracting coal by constructing a new entrance to its Upper Big Branch mine within months, des...

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.

Massey Mine Disaster Investigation: Initial Probe Will Be Conducted Behind Closed Doors

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have decided not to convene a public hearing in the early stages of their investigation into the deadly explosio...