As Wonk Room noted last week, the Massey coal disaster from last week caused by an explosion led to the worst mining accident since 1984 could be attributed to Massey’s blatant disregard for safety. Massey’s mine in Montcoal had been cited for over 3,000 violations and $2.2 million in fines. See the charts below. The AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had some harsh words for Massey and its CEO Don Blankenship, which I’ve copied below.
“Those miners died because Massey Energy cares more about a lump of coal than human lives,” Trumka said during a denunciation of the country’s fourth-largest coal producer and its CEO, Don Blankenship.
“There ought to be a special place in hell for people like Don Blankenship and the corporate bottom-feeders of our world. And I’ll tell you, I’d volunteer to mine the coal to make the fire hotter.”