“If you’re going to start taking pictures of me, you’re liable to get shot,” the chairman of one of the country’s biggest coal mining companies, Don Blankenship of Massey Energy, told an ABC News reporter before grabbing the reporter’s camera. The incident this week, in the parking lot of a Massey Energy office in Belfry, Ky., is just the latest chapter in the saga of Blankenship’s controversial relationship with the West Virginia Supreme Court, which is hearing appeals that could cost his company hundreds of millions of dollars. See the ABC News story at http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4582452&page=1
Massey is the fourth largest producer of coal in the United States by revenue and the largest producer of high-quality, low sulfur coal in Central Appalachia. Its customers include over 125 steel, utility and industrial facilities throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada via 19 modern mining complexes in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.