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Massey Energy Tone Deaf on the Anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

One year ago today, 29 coal miners died in an explosion at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia. It could have been prevented.


One year ago today, the worst mine explosion in 40 years tore through two miles of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Twenty-nine Massey Energy employees were killed.

Despite the fact that the mine had a long history of safety violations (over 3,000 since 1995, and 57 in the month before the explosion alone), and widespread evidence and reporting that the explosion could have been prevented, Massey Chairman Bobby Inman said yesterday that he believed that this was a "natural disaster" that couldn't have been prevented.

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Craigslist Classified Ad for Corrupt, Climate Denying Coal Baron

Think you're qualified to fill the shoes of one of the country's most dangerous bosses and worst polluters? Check this Craigslist ad.


Last Friday, shock waves were felt throughout the energy industry and environmental movement alike when the big, bad (and once thought invincible) coal baron Don Blankenship announced that he was retiring as CEO of Massey Energy.

It didn't take long for an ad to pop up on the West Virginian Craigslist board, with a sad-because-it's-true job description for what it would take to fill Blankenship's shoes

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