20 May 2010

Congress to Hear from Blankenship (Updated)

Massey Energy CEO and Chairman Don Blankenship is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee this afternoon for a hearing called in response to Massey's Upper Big Branch disaster.

The topic at the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies is "Investing in Mine Safety: Preventing Another Disaster."

Blankenship is slated to appear on the same panel of witnesses as Cecil Roberts, a longtime adversary and president of the United Mine Workers union.

Update: The Associated Press is covering the hearing. The subcommittee's site is hosting a live webcast of the hearing, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

2nd Update: The subcommittee has posted video of the hearing as well as prepared testimony of Blankenship, Roberts and other witnesses. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., has posted his opening statement from the hearing.

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