Massey Energy Co. Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, second from right, attends a press conference with board directors, from left, Robert Foglesong, Bobby Inman, and Stanley Suboleski, Monday, April 26, 2010 at in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)
If you thought the departure of Don Blankenship would be the end of Massey Energy officials blaming the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster on God … well, think again, and read the latest report from The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher:
Massey Chairman Bobby R. Inman said in an interview Monday that he believes the accident was a “natural disaster” and not caused by any company failings. However, he said, the board reviewed the company’s safety performance and found it better than average but “not the best.”
Oddly, though, according to the Journal:
Mr. Inman said he “would not be surprised” to see more Massey employees indicted, based on past criminal probes of mining accidents, including a 2006 fire that killed two miners at another Massey mine.