Brian Merchant, Treehugger
Submitted by: Editor
Blankenship’s Sordid History of Ignoring Mining Safety for Profit
[excerpt] After all, there were over 3,000 violations--amounting to $2 million in fines--cited on his mine where the explosion killed 25 of his employees. And news has just been broken that the mine was warned that it had a 'potential pattern of violations' a whole two years ago, but managed to escape federal oversight. So Blankenship did nothing, because doing nothing is cheaper--he has a well documented habit of ignoring regulations and violations.
The 3000 violations represent a single mine, Upper Big Branch Mine!
Massey energy has collected a litany of safety violations at mines they own all across Appalachia.