The first major investigative report (PDF) on the coal mine disaster in West Virginia last year that killed 29 miners was released today. The 122-page report, a year in the making and authored by a team of independent experts appointed by former West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, drops the hammer on Massey Energy, which operated the Upper Big Branch mine and was headed by notoriously thuggish coal baron Don Blankenship. “Massey exhibited a corporate mentality that placed the drive to produce coal above worker safety” at the mine, the report concludes.
“We don’t pay much attention to the violation count.” – Don Blankenship, CEO Massey Energy – Forbes Magazine quote 9/26/03