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Friday, August 18, 2017

Massey Mining: Beyond Regulations

Massey Energy Co. owned the mine in West Virginia where 29 minors were killed in an explosion in 2010. Faulty water nozzles failed to stop a spark from setting a pocket of methane gas on fire, which in turn led to an explosion of coal dust. Other safety violations, such as not cleaning up extra coal dust, contributed to the accident too. While it is unfortunately not unusual for managers to cut corners on regulations, the attitude evinced at Massey may point to a deeper problem in how some companies view law itself--as an obstacle to be overcome rather than constrained by. 

Emergency vehicles head to the Massey explosion in which 29 miners were killed.   AP

The full essay is at "Massey Mining."