Massey Energy

Massey’s Dearly Departed

Feds Say Massey Fabricated Safety Reports at Upper Big Branch

When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

-Frank Costello, The Departed

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Coal Tattoo: Massey's Blankenship to Plead the 5th in Mining Disaster Probe

Retiring CEO Opts Not to Incriminate Self
Don Blankenship is going to plead the 5th in the Upper Big Branch probe. Seems that Big Don is invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. I'm pretty shocked and awed by this bit of information. I guess all those times I called Blankenship a "homicidal maniac," his lawyers didn't disagree.

Breaking from Ken Ward at Coal Tattoo:

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Cracks in Big Coal’s Empire

Wall Street and Washington Feeling the Heat
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
-Gandhi

Don Blankenship’s empire is crumbling, rapidly.  Mountaintop removal coal mining may well be on it’s way out.  The money’s drying up.  Appalachia is rising in Washington D.C.  And we’re seeing some VERY interesting developments on Wall Street and in Washington.

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Wall Street Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Top 4 Banks Bail on Massey Energy
We’ve waged a long hard campaign against Wall Street the past 4 years to stop them from financing mountaintop removal.  Now we’re seeing some results!  Hooray for everyone who joined our work to stop MTR financing.

Top 4 US banks curb loans for destructive practice; Cut financing for Massey Energy

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BREAKING:RAN Activists Send Message to Massey CEO Don Blankenship at the National Press Club: “Your coal is not Clean, Safe or F

Blankenship Confirms that Coal Kills: "I'm a realist...Accidents are unavoidable."

RAN activists just disrupted Massey CEO Don Blankenship’s talk at the National Press Club sending him a strong message:“Your coal is not Clean, Safe or Forever.” They were eventually escorted out by security.

Pictures. Video.

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Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: “Coal is Dangerous”

Blankenship Appears Before Senate Committee Defending Safety Violations
Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: Coal is Dangerous

Washington, D.C. (5/20/10)— Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network attended the 2:00pm Massey Energy hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. RAN activists were present to ensure that Massey’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, was held accountable for his role in the April 5, 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion where 29 miners tragically died.

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Two Activists Arrested Disrupting Coal Giant Massey Energy's Shareholder's Meeting

Banner Saying "Stop Putting Profits Over People" Deployed in Meeting
Activists disrupted the annual general meeting of criminal corporation Massey Energy this morning in Richmond, VA. Two of the group were arrested as they demanded an end to Massey’s reckless disregard for human life, community health, and the environment.

As shareholders entered their meeting in the main ballroom of the sheik Jefferson Hotel, activists occupied the adjacent rotunda, chanting loudly and draping a massive banner over the ornate mezzanine railings. The 10’ x 10’ hand-painted banner read, “Massey – Stop Putting Profits Over People!”
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Climate Ground Zero Blockades Coal Giant Massey's HQ in West Virginia

“Stop Putting Profits Over People & Mountains,” say Protestors Blocking Road to Massey Regional HQ in Boone County

UPDATE: Blockade is down.  Activists in custody.

Read the letter from the blockaders to Massey shareholders.

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