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Barons of Coal, Begetters of Change


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Barons of Coal, Begetters of Change

Scott Greytak

Last week, the former CEO of the Massey Energy Company, once the fourth largest producer of coal in the United States, was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law – one year in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 – for conspiring to willfully violate mine health and safety standards. The core elements of the Massey story, which amount to a virtual case study in the abuse of corporate power, resonates with generations of West Virginians.