Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Feds Blame Owner of West Virginia Mine

Comment:  Greed is the norm for mining, regulations did not work here and people died, pray for the families!

DECEMBER 7, 2011.
Safety Agency Levies Record Fine of $10.8 Million Over Deadly 2010 Explosion

BECKLEY, W.Va.—The deadliest mining disaster in 40 years was the result of a workplace culture that valued production over safety, federal regulators said in issuing a record civil penalty of $10.8 million to the company that owns the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 miners were killed last year.

In an exhaustive 1,000-page report, the Mine Safety and Health Administration reaffirmed its previous conclusion that Massey Energy Co. management failed to prevent a small methane-gas ignition from turning into a powerful coal-dust explosion that swept through the mine, killing most miners instantly.