This should be enough to convince anyone that Blankenship and Massey are not running safe operations in their mines.

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the mine for 1,342 safety violations from 2005 through Monday for a total of $1.89 million in proposed fines, according to federal records. The company has contested 422 of those violations, totaling $742,830 in proposed penalties, according to federal officials. Massey Energy is actively contesting millions of dollars of fines for safety violations at its West Virginia coal mine where disaster struck yesterday afternoon.

The fact that safety violations are more cost-efficient than actually fixing the problems, poses a whole new problem for the coal industry and the state of West Virginia. If a rich fatcat such as Blankenship can buy his way out of problems, how can he be stopped?

Massey Energy and Don Blankenship need to be held responsible for their poor safety record. It is appalling to see people get killed who, with better safety regulations, may still be here today.

Union run mines have much better safety records and provide for their workers the necessary benefits for working in the mines. Blankenship is opposed to unions and has done a lot in the past to try to get rid of them.

America, and especially West Virginia, need to take a stand against the big corporate CEO’s like Blankenship and have safer mines. This is preventable.

Chuckie Corra

Chuckie Corra

I am a young, moderately liberal/progressive Democrat currently residing in the state of West Virginia. I attend Shepherd University, work closely with YDA, and have been active on FDL for about 6 months. I worked with the Elewana Education Project in Kenya to promote technology growth in secondary school students. My focus, then, tends to be on issues effecting WV, environmental issues (specifically coal issues), and growing African democracies specifically Kenya. I'm pretty open-minded