Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for conspiring to willfully violate mine health and safety standards, which contributed to the catastrophic 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia. Mr. Blankenship, an outspoken foe of safety, government regulations, and worker unions who often called some congressional leaders “greeniacs” and “crazy” for supporting environmental protections, received his sentence after a federal jury returned a guilty verdict on Dec. 3, 2015. During his trial, U.S. prosecutors called 27 witnesses to testify, many of whom were coal miners who worked ... Read More
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