Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Money And The Miners


"The settlement does not preclude charges against individual employees such as former CEO Don Blankenship and others who cited their constitutional protection against self-incrimination as reason to refuse to speak with agency investigators."

"Until someone goes to jail for what happened at this mine, justice will not have been done," union president Cecil E. Roberts said.

"Operators of Upper Big Branch Mine valued profits above safety and could have "entirely" prevented 29 deaths in a West Virginia mine explosion last year, said federal officials who announced a $209.5 million settlement agreement Tuesday in addition to a $10.8 million fine.

The settlement includes $46.5 million that will be paid to the families of the victims of the explosion that occurred April 5, 2010."--(excerpts from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.)

When I read the headline, early this morning, tears filled my eyes. I never knew any of the miners but I did visit that area before the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine happened. And I did discuss the ramifications of that horrible explosion with a woman who is linked to generations of miners in that part of West Virginia.

My FIRST CONVERSATION WITH GRACIE STOVER took place on January 24, 2006. Almost four years before the Upper Big Branch mining disaster happened. And if you read the first and SECOND POST , you will feel like you're reading prophecy.

I'm sure that everyone who caught the news on April 5, 2010 remembers the sound of the church bell and the sight of all of those ambulances...lined up for no one. Journalist Anderson Cooper hunched over his notepad and tried to make some rational sense of it all. But that turned out to be an impossible effort. Shortly after that, the battle between CEO Don Blankenship, Massey Energy, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the victim's families...began.

So did my posts about it:



In fact, if you click on April and May 2010 in this blog's archive list, you will find that I wrote quite a bit about this situation.

My last update was posted on May 19 of this year, where I asked: "What is the value of a soul next to a lump of coal?"

"My hope is that the industry will take heed," said J. Davitt McAteer, who headed up an investigation of the mine disaster commission by then W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin."--(excerpt from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.)

Yes, indeed, Mr. McAteer. Yes, indeed.


Anonymous said...

if not watching the story how these three children are in fact not found. if that doesn't bring tears and sorrow to your heart. then this is how they are not found but lost in a system with is jesus birthday. can we not try to give peace to these little forgotten children by finding truth and someone knows the one who knows the truth in all these forgotten children. should talk to give a closing and a humane burial. they should not lay in a unforgotten spot that only the person who caused the innocent to be missing with any thought to the children.the children are the missing and that have been robbed of their life. the one's who did this should face up to the unjustic they layed upon these little innocent souls just to protect the cold hard facts.the children are gone and not any reason can be right they all were badly wronged and robbed of their right to live and be happy little people.lisa little face how could anyone put her away and out of sight and be happy or not feel the pain to own up? how .

Ruthie In The Sky said...

I agree with your comments, Anonymous, however...those dead miners deserve justice, too. And so do all of the families that were impacted by a tragedy that, I believe, could have been avoided.
It is my hope, that these new developments in the mining industry, signal the beginning of what should have been done a long time ago. Thank you for your comments.