And Demand that Massey Put People Over Profit
Come Stand in Solidarity with the Mountains and Fallen Miners
Tuesday, May 18th, 8:30 a.m. – 12 or 1 p.m.
The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W Franklin St. Richmond, VA
On April 5th, 2010 a massive underground explosion occurred in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. 29 miners were killed in the explosion, making this the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in 40 years. The UBB mine is operated by Performance Coal, a subsidiary of Massey Energy, the Richmond, Virginia based company whose CEO Don Blankenship is notorious for prioritizing coal production over the health and safety of miners and local communities.
Although the cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has contributed the disaster to preventable build-ups of methane gas and coal dust. Since the explosion, federal inspectors have found over 60 safety violations at 30 different underground coal mines owned by Massey Energy. The MSHA reported that the Upper Big Branch Mine had “repeated significant and substantial [safety] violations” and that “Massey failed to address these violations over and over again”
In addition to the company’s ample safety violations, Massey has also fallen under scrutiny for its practice of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, in which the tops of mountains are clear cut and then blasted with explosives, the coal is extracted and the remaining earth is pushed into the valleys below, burying the headwaters for major river systems.
Enough is enough. Join Mountain Justice and allies as we call for the resignation of Donald Blankenship and support stock holders efforts to have him resign!