US Senator: Mining ex-CEO has blood on his hands

2014-04-03 10:49
Don Blankenship (Alex Wong, AP)

Don Blankenship (Alex Wong, AP)

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Cape Town – A US senator has accused Don Blankenship the ex-CEO of Massey Energy of having blood on his hands, due to a mining disaster that happened in 2010.

Senator Joe Manchin is calling for justice and argues that the Upper Big Branch mine disaster was directly the result of mismanagement from the very top of leadership.

According to the Huffington Post Manchin’s comments came after Blankenship released a film which according to him explains exactly what happened in 2010.

In 2010 an explosion occurred at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal West Virginia. The mine was owned my Massey Energy and as a result 29 miners died.

According to the mine safety and health administration the cause of the explosion was due to the fact that methane gas was ignited.

In Blankenship’s new film, Upper Big Branch - Never Again, it argues that a release of natural gas caused the explosion rather than methane and there was inadequate ventilation.

Manchin was featured in the documentary that was released on YouTube and said that he was lied to by the filmmakers about the intent of the film.

He also argued that he was not told by producers that the film was funded by Blankenship.

Blankenship responded to Manchin’s comments arguing that he never controlled the producers and never told them who should be interviewed.
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