West Virginia Record

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Massey Energy Company

Recent News About Massey Energy Company

  • Blankenship critical of Gazette editorial about him

    CHARLESTON – Don Blankenship has lashed out at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, calling the writer of a recent editorial an idiot.

  • UPDATED: Blankenship’s attorneys file motion to invalidate verdict

    CHARLESTON – Don Blankenship’s legal team has filed a motion to invalidate the federal misdemeanor verdict against him.

  • Blankenship says DOJ office is investigating his prosecution

    CHARLESTON – U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship says the Department of Justice is investigating his prosecution related to the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

  • Sister of Upper Big Branch miner featured in television ad

    WILLIAMSON – The sister of a miner killed in the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion is being featured in a television ad to be released asking for the truth about what happened at the mine.

  • Blankenship says he'll continue to fight for the truth, wants to debate Manchin

    LAS VEGAS – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has finished serving his sentence, but he says he still plans to fight to get the truth out about the 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion.

  • Blankenship's request for a full re-hearing denied by Fourth Circuit

    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court refuses to give Don Blankenship a full re-hearing of his appeal. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 24 denied a request by the former Massey Energy with a three-sentence order.

  • Panel denies Blankenship's appeal to have conviction overturned

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship must serve the rest of his one-year term in federal prison. A federal appeals panel on Jan. 19 issued a ruling upholding Blankenship’s conviction from U.S. District Court in 2015. Blankenship, who was sentenced to a year in prison on a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, reported to Taft Federal Prison in California on May 12, 2016.

  • If Blankenship can be railroaded, so can you

    In two weeks, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear arguments on former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's appeal of his misdemeanor conviction for conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards.

  • Blankenship says he is 'an American political prisoner'

    TAFT, Calif. – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship calls himself an "American political prisoner" just weeks before his federal appeal is heard. Blankenship, who began serving a one-year sentence on May 12 for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County. That's the mine where a 2010 explosion left 29 coal miners dead.

  • 98 individuals say Alpha Natural Resources contaminated their water

    WELCH – Ninety-eight individuals are suing Alpha Natural Resources Services LLC after they claim it contaminated their water with inorganic trace elements.

  • Impact of Upper Big Branch felt throughout West Virginia

    CHARLESTON – A top underground mine safety attorney says he still wants answers as to what caused the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 miners.

  • Blankenship attorney confident of victory in 4th Circuit appeal

    WASHINGTON – The lead attorney for Don Blankenship is confident his team will win its upcoming appeal to the 4th Circuit. Bill Taylor, a founding partner of the Washington firm of Zuckerman Spaeder, says he thinks “there are so many things wrong with the government’s case from a legal point of view.” Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced earlier this month to one year in prison and a $250,000 fine for a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards at th

  • Court asks feds to respond to Blankenship bail request

    RICHMOND, Va. – The federal government has a week to respond to former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request to remain free pending his appeal. Blankenship’s lawyers filed a motion April 12 asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn District Judge Irene Berger’s denial of his bond release during the appeal. They contend that if he serves time in prison during the appeal, most or all of his one-year sentence might be served before the court decides on his appeal.

  • Blankenship wants to remain free pending appeal

    CHARLESTON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship wants to remain free on bond pending the appeal of his conviction. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 on a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County were 29 miners died in a 2010 explosion. He was sentenced to one year in prison and a $250,000 fine, and he also will spend a year on supervised release after his time in prison.

  • Blankenship sentenced to year in prison, fined $250K

    CHARLESTON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 in federal court. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger handed down the maximum sentence of one year in prison for the misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County. An explosion there on April 5, 2010, killed 29 miners.

  • Blankenship vs. the Manchin-Goodwin connection

    It doesn't seem fair that Booth Goodwin must run for governor. The position should be his by right. He thinks he’s earned it. He and his family have been staunch Democrats for decades, loyal supporters of Gov./Sen. Joe Manchin and of Gov./Sen. Jay Rockefeller before him.

  • Wyoming Co. man blames mining companies for lung disease

    PINEVILLE – A Wyoming County couple is suing several mining companies, alleging they are to blame for the husband's lung disease.