Disasters

"Blankenship Guilty of Conspiring To Violate Mine Safety Rules"

"Former Massey Energy Co. chief executive Don Blankenship, once one of the most powerful men in the region’s coal industry, was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners died in an April 2010 explosion."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 12/04/2015

"Manslaughter Charges Dropped for BP Supervisors in Oil Spill"

"The Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and unleashed the nation's worst offshore oil spill also led to criminal charges against four BP employees, who faced prison time if convicted. But the Justice Department's decision to drop manslaughter charges against two BP rig supervisors makes it increasingly likely that nobody will spend a day behind bars for crimes associated with the deadly disaster."

Source: AP, 12/03/2015

"Vale Workers Fear for Safety After Brazil's Samarco Disaster"

"Workers at Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA fear for their safety after the Samarco dam burst in the town of Mariana, where the company was reducing the number of employees because of weak ore prices, despite its push for output and complaints about safety."

Source: Reuters, 11/25/2015

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