Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted
John Raby, AP 5:34 p.m. EST November 13, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, was indicted Thursday on federal charges related to a safety investigation that followed the blast.
Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who is accused of conspiring to violate safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch Mine, is the highest-ranking executive to face charges in the blast. The explosion and investigation afterward led to the overhaul of the way the federal government oversees mine safety.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said a federal grand jury indicted Blankenship on charges including conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud.
Blankenship could face up to 31 years in prison if convicted.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
One of Sean Hannity's best buddies (newer link here) is facing some serious charges:
Posted by Steve J. at 10:52 PM