Stop Blaming Mine Explosions on Explosive Mine Safety Violations!


    No, really. That’s what Virginia conservative bloggers are actually saying today. Watching them try to deflect attention away from the West Virginia mine explosion tragedy’s cause is like watching the wedding scene from Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Let’s not bicker & argue about who killed who!

    Why should we rush to judgment that there could’ve been wrongdoing involved? Just because the mine that blew up was cited for safety violations for this exact problem just last month?

    A huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades. […]

    The mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, has a significant history of safety violations, including 57 infractions just last month for (among other things) not properly ventilating the highly combustible methane.

    And because that same mine has had over 3,000 safety violations & over $2.2 million in fines? And because Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has explicitly told his underground mine superintendents that production trumps safety?

    Coal mining is a dirty, deadly business. To pretend otherwise is to approach “Heckuva Job Brownie” territory.

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