Rarely are corporate CEOs ever held accountable in a court of law for criminal acts. Last Thursday, however, Don Blankenship of Massey Energy was indicted for “orchestrat[ing] the routine violation of key federal mine safety rules…prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners,” reported the Charleston Gazette.
He was found to be conspiring to willfully violate ventilation requirement and the coal-dust control rules made to prevent such deadly mine blasts, as well as to cover up the violations and hinder federal enforcement.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Don “treated miners and their safety with callousness and open disregard. As he goes to trial, he will be treated far fairer and with more dignity than he ever treated the miners he employed. And, frankly, it’s more than he deserves.”
After Blankenship’s history of putting his paycheck before his workers’ safety, WSAJ is pleased that he is being held accountable for his actions.
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