West Virginia Mining Settlement

Massey Energy agrees to pay $210 million to miners' families after accident.
1:45 | 12/06/11

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Virginia today the 29 families who lost a loved one in the single worst mining disaster in forty years got some justice. Massey Energy the company that owns the coal mine where those men lost their lives agreed to pay a record breaking 210 million dollar settlement. And now -- a target of a scathing new report the portrays a company trading lives for profits ABC's David currently has more. Tonight new pictures inside the mine where investigators say Massey Energy put miners' lives at risk every time they sent them underground. Created a culture of fear and intimidation. To hide their reckless practices. Families who grieve for their loved ones in public we'll get a million and a half dollars from this record criminal settlement and stand to get much more in civil restitution. Today's settlement does not protect former executives including the CEO Don Blankenship from criminal charges the day after the blast he defended his record to Diane Sawyer. Now another. What are you going to do this quantum different from what you done. And your employees 678000. People in -- best protect fellow. -- -- -- So where is -- today Blankenship is retired but ABC news has learned that one month after he was granted a twelve million dollar golden parachute. He -- corporation papers -- Kentucky listing himself as president of McCoy coal group. Is he back in business I would be stunned to find out that any state issued him a permit to run a coal mine. They're endangering their citizens that they do. Tonight family members are calling for criminal charges one saying the death of the brother in the mine was an act of murder. David currently ABC news Washington.

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