Groups want Biden to penalize Massey for mine explosion

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2011



DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Two groups are asking Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to take steps toward revoking the corporate charter of Massey Energy, the owner of a mine where 29 workers died in an April 2010 explosion.

Free Speech For People and Appalachian Voices wrote Biden, also encouraging an investigation of the company. Massey was recently purchased by Alpha Natural Resources for $7 billion and was found at fault for the explosion in a recent report commissioned by former West Virginia Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

The fatal explosion hit the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. Massey, chartered in Delaware like many large companies, has claimed it was caused by an unpreventable buildup of gas.

"It is well established that the corporate charter is a privilege, not a right," says Jeff Clements, co-founder and general counsel for Free Speech For People.

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