Massey Energy blamed for West Virginia mining disaster

The Takeaway

There were lapses in safety around the West Virginia mine, but there was also intentional wrong doing, according to a new report on Massey Energy and last year’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The company created a culture in which wrongdoing became acceptable. The Takeaway spoke with former federal mine safety chief Davitt McAteer, who led the investigation into the worst American mining disaster in 40 years, and Jessica Lilly, reporter for West Virginia Public Radio.


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