Ex-Massey Boss Cops To Thwarting US Mine Safety Efforts

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT) -- A former Massey Energy Co. mine superintendent pled guilty Thursday to hiding from federal investigators hazards at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine such as excessive coal dust piles and poor air flow before an April 2010 blast there killed 29 workers.

Gary May, 43, pled guilty in West Virginia federal court to conspiracy to block the Mine Safety and Health Administration's enforcement efforts at the Upper Big Branch Mine, admitting that Massey routinely violated health and safety laws to avoid decreasing coal production and systematically...
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