Massey Chairman Bobby Inman calls Upper Big Branch explosion a ‘natural disaster’

April 4, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

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.

6 Responses to “Massey Chairman Bobby Inman calls Upper Big Branch explosion a ‘natural disaster’”

  1. Jim says:

    I am sure God was responsible for the inadequate rock dusting and the dog ate my homework. It amazes me that some can be so delusional as to think any one will take a Massey statement at face value.
    I know God will ultimately see that justice is done in heaven. I only pray that we will see justice done on earth. May God be with the families of the UBB victims as we all deal with the anniversary of this tragedy.

  2. Phil Smith says:

    Admiral Inman’s statement, like the rest of his blather about this disaster, is insulting to the memories of those lost in the mine. It is also a transparent and weak attempt to continue the misinformation PR campaign Massey embarked upon 364 days ago and will continue to engage in.

    As a mine safety expert, Inman is a pretty good sailor.

  3. Ralphieboy says:

    In a way, Inman is correct; seeing as how the coal industry has become God in West Virginia. These “Acts of God” will continue for as long as we continue to wear the yoke of oppression that the coal industry has placed on our shoulders.

  4. Jim says:

    Phil, I believe one must take exception to your characterization of “Inman is a pretty good sailor”. I think you will find his career in the Navy was sailing a desk in the intelligence services. I think a more accurate military discription would be REMF. You can google what that means.

  5. Bob Ryerson says:

    Would that be the same Bobbie Inman former Navy Admiral, former CIA ?

  6. Bob Ryerson says:

    Is Bobby Inman the same Bobby Inman that was a former Navy Admiral?

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