Energy CEO Gets 1 Year In Prison For Safety Violations That Killed 29
Donald Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, will spend a year in prison for ignoring safety rules that caused a mine explosion that killed 29.By Grant Suneson | April 6, 2016
Six years ago, an explosion killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia. On Wednesday, the mining company’s former CEO was convicted of conspiring to avoid safety rules that could’ve prevented the blast.
Former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship received the maximum penalty for misdemeanor conspiracy, which is a one-year jail sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Blankenship maintained his innocence, blaming the explosion on a natural gas leak. But the Mine Safety and Health Administration said, "If basic safety measures had been in place... there would have been no loss of life."