Massey Energy Offers $3 Million Per Miner to Surviving Families: “Dad Didn’t Have a Price Tag on Him”

(There were two black men who died in that coal mine. More about this later.)

$87,000,000 or $3,000,000 per miner?

Drop in the bucket.

Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the daughter of one of the victims said Thursday.

The offer came a week earlier when Massey officials visited the family, said Michelle McKinney, daughter of Benny Ray Willingham. McKinney said other families have received the same offer.

Massey did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.


McKinney isn’t interested in settling.

“Nope,” she said. “My dad didn’t have a price tag on him. Don Blankenship don’t have enough money to pay me.”

Massey CEO Blankenship is among the highest paid executives in the coal industry. McKinney said she would like to take every penny he has.

“Maybe it’ll save somebody else’s life,” she said.

I know that’s right, sister.

No word on the other families, but the general consensus is that they’re not taking any money…yet.

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~ by blksista on April 30, 2010.

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