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IEEFA Update: Don Blankenship Is Loving Las Vegas

IEEFA Update: Don Blankenship Is Loving Las Vegas

The $120 Million Coal Executive Who Got 1 Year for His Part in the Deaths of 29 West Virginia Coal Miners Is as Unrepentant as Ever

After being released last week after doing a year of minimum-security time in sunny Southern Arizona and California, Don Blankenship has been agitating nonstop for sympathy. He wants the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction, he wants Donald Trump to do him a solid, he wants everybody to believe that he had nothing to do […]

May 17, 2017 Read More →

Blankenship, Out of Prison, Seeks Exoneration Now

Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards, his lawyers confirmed Thursday. Blankenship’s defense team filed a short form with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noting that it […]

May 12, 2017 Read More →

Don Blankenship Is an American Criminal

A Notorious U.S. Coal Executive Remains Blindly Unrepentant for His Part in the Deaths of 29 Miners

Donald Leon “Don” Blankenship, the former head of Massey Energy who is serving federal prison time for his role in the deaths of 29 coal miners six years ago in West Virginia, got beaucoup headline treatment this week for issuing a “manifesto” in which he pronounces himself an “American political prisoner.” Give the man kudos […]

October 7, 2016 Read More →

Don Blankenship, in Prison for Role in Deadly Mine Explosion, Plays the Victim Card

From the Associated Press: A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the […]

October 6, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘This Weird Thing Where a Wealthy Coal Executive Was Deemed Responsible for Things That Happened on His Watch’

Jason Linkins for the Huffington Post: After Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship knowingly conspired to violate the safety standards at his Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, a jury of his peers said, “Yeah, you are totally guilty of conspiring to violate the safety standards at your mine.” In the wake of his […]

July 7, 2016 Read More →

Coal Industry Groups Press Court to Reconsider Blankenship Conviction in Death of 29 Miners

Ken Ward Jr. for the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: Attorneys for the West Virginia Coal Association, the Illinois Coal Association and the Ohio Coal Association asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a “friend of the court” brief that echoes some of the central legal arguments made by Blankenship’s legal team in his pending […]

July 6, 2016 Read More →

Prosecutors Seek Imprisonment of Blankenship During Appeal

Ken Ward Jr. for the Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette: Prosecutors are urging a federal appeals court not to allow former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while that court considers Blankenship’s challenge of his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 workers […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →

Editorial: Don Blankenship and Matthew 16:26

From the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star: Six years and a day after one of the worst mining disasters in some four decades, a federal judge has sentenced the coal company’s former CEO to a year in prison and fined him $250,000 for conspiring to violate federal safety standards. For the 29 killed at Massey Energy […]

April 7, 2016 Read More →

‘This Man Made Millions of Dollars at the Expense of Our Loved Ones’

David Gutman and Kate White for the West Virginia Gazette-Mail: Six years and a day after Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch Mine exploded, killing 29 men, Don Blankenship stood in federal court and tried to express his sorrow to the miners’ families. “The lost coal miners were great coal miners,” Blankenship, the former Massey […]

April 7, 2016 Read More →

Blankenship Gets 1 Year in Prison for Conviction From Investigation Into Death of 29 Miners

Alan Blinder for the New York Times: Donald L. Blankenship, whose leadership of Massey Energy Company transformed him into one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Appalachia, was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards. The sentencing, in Federal District Court here, came six […]

April 6, 2016 Read More →