"Before Slurry Deal, Records Outlined Massey Pollution"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the weeks before last year's settlement of a major water pollution case, lawyers for Mingo County residents were saying they'd unearthed records indicating Massey Energy tried to cover up the extent of its underground pumping of coal-slurry waste."

"Lawyers for the residents also filed court records they argued showed then-Massey CEO Don Blankenship personally pushed for the slurry injection to save $55,000 in waste-impoundment construction costs.

Erkan Esmer, a one-time engineering consultant for Massey at its Rawl Sales & Processing Co. operations, testified about Blankenship's slurry injection decision in a legal deposition in the case, brought by hundreds of residents who allege slurry polluted their drinking water."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette June 9, 2012.

Monday, June 11, 2012