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Rescuers found the bodies Saturday of two West Virginia coal miners who disappeared after a conveyor belt caught fire deep inside a mine.


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Another advisor for Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force?

"The miners became separated Thursday evening as their 12-member crew tried to escape a conveyor belt fire at Aracoma Coal's Alma No. 1 mine in Melville, about 100 kilometres southwest of Charleston. The rest of the crew and nine other miners working in a different section of the mine escaped unharmed.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller informed families of the deaths at a church prior to making the announcement, along with Don Blankenship, chairman of the mine's owner, Massey Energy."

Originally posted to slip kid no more on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 04:39 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Sorry for being brief ... (none)
    But if you check out my links you will see that the "energy posse" has been at work.

    Greenspan is "one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington." -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

    by slip kid no more on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 05:06:54 PM PST

  •  Don Blankenship is... (none)
    the Boss Tweed of West Virginia. He is a vile, meglomaniacal man whose dirty, coal-soaked hands have been a scourge on the people of West Virginia.
  •  Mine Disasters- Chickens Coming Home to Roost (4.00)
    Check it out--
    Don Blankenship was on the Board of Directors with HATFIELD in 2002, when they were cited by the SEC.
    Blankenship is now running Aracoma Coal Melville W VA mine (Massey Energy Corp) and Hatfield of course runs the International Coal Group ( The company that owns the Sago Mine !!)
    They are all connected, and in bed together.
    Check also WILBER ROSS.  The man with the venture capital that funds these deadly corporate takeovers in bankruptcy.
    In Sago two weeks ago, CEO Bennett Hatfield was CNN's omnipresent face for the corporate owner of the mine -  International Coal Group (ICG). but-----
    There is one man whose name never came up on CNN or anywhere else in the media of the privileged. He was never mentioned, never interviewed, and didn't exist as far as anyone involved was concerned. This is one man who should be said to have the blood of the miners on his hands.  His name is Wilbur Ross, and his story crystallizes our Destiny in Bush's Ownership America. (I urge you to read The Man(and the system) behind the Mining Murders. By Andrew Pollack. In Monthly Review. )

    Wilbur Ross is one of the growing species Vulturis Venalis Extremis --- ­the lovely men who hunt voraciously for bankrupt companies and then buy their assets, eviscerating them after the companies bankruptcy has allowed them to dispose of all union contracts, worker pension plans, health care coverage obligations and other odious corporate liabilities- then recycle the picked-over skeletons for huge profit.

    "Most of the coverage of the West Virginia mine murders quoted International Coal Group CEO Bennett Hatfield, who was on the scene. But its owner and "Non-Executive Chairman" is corporate takeover artist Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., who has bought up bankrupt firms in a variety of industries after they shed pension, health and/or other obligations to their workers. And after purchase, safety at these companies has nose-dived, thanks to the weakening or elimination of the unions, as well as nonenforcement of safety laws and regulations by state and federal authorities."

    Ross himself is no typical mean-ass Republican idealogue.  He is in fact a big-time DEMOCRAT, a big financial supporter of NAFTA Bill Clinton, and Heinzocrat John Kerry. Ah, the sheer smell of it intoxicates, non cherie ?

    Though some safety violations were exposed by CNN and others, none said a word about Ross, or about how he had been totally aware of the long list of safety violations and citations and penalties incurred by the previous owner of the Sago mine- the Anker Coal Group, or about how he had ignored virtually all of the safety violations (181 of them ) served on his company (ICG) since he bought Anker, many in the last few months.

    It is simply cheaper for these operators to keep paying the fines than it is to fix the problems. If a few workers die in the process, none dare call it murder, at least not on CNN.

  •  Watch "The Last campaign" documentary (4.00)
    "The Last Campaign"

     - a sequel to Ewing's legendary first film in 1972, "If Elected..." - covers the 2004 campaign of Justice Warren McGraw for the re-election to the West Virginia Supreme Court, dubbed the 'nastiest' judicial race, if not the most expensive in the nation. Scenes from "If Elected..." -which covered Warren McGraw's 1972 race for the West Virginia State Senate and was originally broadcast by Bill Moyers in 1973 - are interspersed with the story of McGraw's 2004 Supreme Court race to create a unique, cinema verite portrait of American politics over a 32 year span.

    One man's struggle to resist corporate interference in the electoral process is the continuing theme. In 2004, the US Chamber of Commerce is suspected, of funneling millions of dollars from multi-national corporations into West Virginia in the primary and general election in a successful effort to defeat Justice Warren McGraw as a part of what Forbes Magazine described as a "secret war" against judges in America.

    The Chamber's shadowy efforts were joined in the general election by a group calling itself "For the Sake of the Kids" which spent millions, supplied from a coal company executiveMy Note: Don Blankenship gave "For the Sake of the Kids 2 million dollars out of his own pocket,, to wage a smear campaign against McGraw alleging that he let a sexual predator loose to work in a school. That same coal company executive has a pending 50 million dollar judgment against his company on appeal before the West Virginia State Supreme Court.

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