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WV: Massey Energy, Formerly Self-Insured, Bought Workers' Comp Insurance A Month Before Mine Explosion

West Virginia - OpEdNews reports that Massey Energy Corp., which owns the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where 25 miners were killed on April 5, was formerly self-insured for workers' compensation, but a month before the April 5 explosion, had purchased workers' compensation insurance...

WV: Massey Energy CEO Defends Safety Record at Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Post-Gazette reports that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was questioned Thursday by Congressional members, repeatedly defended his company's safety record, this after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch killed 29 miners. The explosion was allegedly caused by a methane...