Friday, April 30, 2010

FBI Investigates Possibility That Massey Energy Employees Bribed Officials Prior To Mine Explosion

NPR reports today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether employees of Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch Mine that exploded in West Virginia three weeks ago, bribed mine safety officials and engaged in criminal negligence prior to the explosion.
Sources familiar with the investigation say the FBI is looking into possible bribery of employees of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that inspects and regulates mining. The sources say FBI agents are also exploring potential criminal negligence on the part of Massey Energy, the owner of the Upper Big Branch mine.

Massey has been cited repeatedly for violations of federal safety regulations and unsubstantiated rumors have circulated for years that mine inspectors and other officials receive payoffs. The FBI declines comment and neither confirms nor denies that an investigation is ongoing.
It's more bad news for Massey Energy, which has been cited for violating the Clean Water Act 12,000 times (no, that's not a typo) and whose CEO Don Blankenship has some seriously strange views about the science surrounding global warming.

1 comment:

stepshep said...

This story could use some more info. Including information from http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2010/04/30/media-reports-federal-criminal-probe-underway-in-wake-of-masseys-upper-big-branch-mine-disaster/