November 14, 2006
DARK AS A DUNGEON
Caption: This is worth howling about.
In the wake of the mine disasters that occured early this year, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin appointed a special team to investigate the fatalities at the Sago and Aracoma mines.
The team was lead by J. Davitt McAteer, a former Clinton administration mine safety administrator with decades of experience and expertise in the field. The Sago report came out earlier this year but the report on the fire at Aracoma was only released last Friday.
Here's the link to the new report.
At the press conference releasing the report, McAteer had harsh words for the company and for federal and state safety inspectors that failed to observe standard safety practices:
"That triple-layered system--company, state and federal--collapsed in this instance."
Here are links to related coverage by Ken Ward in the Charleston Gazette.
The company in question is Massey Energy, whose CEO Don Blankenship spent millions in a recent unsuccessful effort to purchase the state legislature.
It would appear that that money would have been better spent on basic mine safety "for the sake of the kids" whose parents work in the mines.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED
by El Cabrero