Ok Not Their Intent but It Will be the Result
Coal mine safety regulations have been largely gutted by mine operators, and several years ago the result was an accident that killed a whole lot of miners and, get this, actually sent the company President to jail for almost one whole year. The regulations were strengthened up President Obama, who unlike the current President actually was doing something to help miners.
Among other changes, the MSHA rule approved in 2013 would stop mine operators from using appeals of safety citations to avoid tougher enforcement and do away with MSHA warning letters that gave companies additional time to improve before facing enforcement.” Prior to the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch, mine owner Massey Energy had avoided being classified as a pattern violator by appealing hundreds of violations, clogging up the government’s appeals system, and because of MSHA inaction the agency later blamed on a computer programming error.
So the mine owners sued. And now the owners and the Trump administration are going to try and settle the lawsuit.
“Rather than concurrently litigating and negotiating a possible settlement of the dispute, the parties are open to negotiating a mutually agreeable resolution that could avoid further litigation,” said the joint motion, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in
Anybody want to guess how this is going to turn out? Anybody? And it is important because the coal mining states now under Republican control are abdicating their safety regulating job and leaving it up to the Feds. So as soon as the suit is settled in favor of coal mine owner, the killing of coal miners can continue.