Yesterday, Alpha Natural Resources, the parent company of Massey Energy, agreed to pay $209 million in criminal and civil penalties, and compensation to the families of twenty-nine miners killed by an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia last year.
But for Free Speech for People, Appalachian Voices and the Rainforest Action Network, a financial settlement and admission of criminal liability simply isn’t enough. The groups have renewed their call for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to revoke Massey’s corporate charter.
In a joint statement the groups said, “A financial settlement, even for hundreds of millions of dollars, is just not enough to prevent corporations like Massey from abusing their enormous power over our lives. Alpha earned $2.3 billion in the last quarter alone. It is simply not acceptable for corporations to buy their way out after criminally killing people.”
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