US mine disaster victims buried

This video from the USA is called DN! Massey Energy Mine (1) Cited for 1,300+ Safety Violations.

Workers and residents in West Virginia spoke out against the mine owner, Massey Energy, including for its refusal to allow coworkers to attend the funeral of those killed: here.

See also here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here.

A huge body of evidence has already emerged that justifies the criminal prosecution of Massey CEO Don Blankenship and other top officials at Massey energy: here.

The deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine was a man-made calamity, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said yesterday in his opening speech at the state union’s convention Downtown: here.

Federal mine safety regulations, set up by the Bush administration and upheld by President Obama, are giving coal companies a green light to continue killing and injuring miners: here.

How Much Is A Coal Miner’s Life Worth To Massey Energy? Here.

The Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia—where 29 miners died April 5—has outsize importance in the industry. It produces top-quality, high-value metallurgical (or coking) coal, used for steel production: here.

1 thought on “US mine disaster victims buried

  1. Unsafe site made dream a nightmare

    US President Barack Obama has told a memorial service for the 29 victims of an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that they had died “in pursuit of the American dream.”

    Mr Obama has ordered a review of coalmines with poor safety records and urged officials to strengthen laws “so riddled with loopholes that they allow unsafe conditions to continue.”

    A report from mine safety officials said that the rate of serious violations at the mine in 2009 which required workers to leave while repairs were made was nearly 19 times the national rate.

    “In short, this was a mine with a significant history of safety issues, a mine operated by a company with a history of violations,” it said.


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