19 May '11, 5pm

It’s official: Massey’s negligence killed 29 miners

A year after the deadly blast at the Massey-owned Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, it's official: The disaster was Massey's fault . I'm not sure what the team of independent investigators thought they were going to find -- vengeful sprites? A cursed sarcophagus? Workers deliberately blowing themselves up for funsies? -- but they found what we all expected: The company's negligence was responsible for the deaths of 29 miners. The report calls Massey's safety practices "profoundly reckless," and says that "The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris." That's pretty damning, especially for an investigative team put together by then-governor and permanent coal-humper Joe Manchin. Investigators also found that Massey's story about what happened at the mine is something of a fairy tale. The company says that a million cubic feet of methane suddenly jumped...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-19-its-official-masseys...

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