Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship thinks he has a thing or two in common with Donald Trump and said so in a letter written to the president just days after his release from federal prison after serving a one-year sentence on a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards prior to the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was among those present in the Oval Office showing their support and appreciation when President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the grossly overbroad “navigable waters” rule, prepare to rescind it, and suspend litigation regarding it.
“If … employees can obtain the services of a union to negotiate and administer a contract without having to pay either union dues or the agency fees, they would – naturally and predictably – be seriously discouraged from joining a union.” Above is an excerpt from Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey's explanation for her decision last August to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of our state's new right-to-work law.
“My biggest disappointment is a majority in Congress ignored the will of the people,” explained Joe Pizarchik, recently ousted director of the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, to a sympathetic ear at Politico. “They ignored the interests of the people in coal country.” Pizarchik, of course, personally speaks for all of West Virginia.