All this, but they didn't shut them down and didn't make them do anything. They didn't even hit them with fines big enough to make them stop doing it.
When are the bureaucrats, from the goobernor on down at the state level and the boss at the Office of surface mining at the federal level going to take responsibility for the huge part that they have played in the events leading up to the deaths of these West Virginia miners!!!
Massey ignored ventilation citations in months before blast
By Ken Ward Jr.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the months before the deadly explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, company officials were engaged in major disputes with state and federal regulators over serious ventilation problems at the sprawling underground mine in Raleigh County.
Regulators had cited Massey's Performance Coal subsidiary in December for ignoring orders that it redirect potentially dirty air from a conveyor belt tunnel away from the longwall machine section where miners were working.
And last month, inspectors from the state Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training recommended the violation for "special assessment" -- which carries heavier fines -- after Massey delayed in fixing the problem.
Also last month, federal inspectors cited Massey when they found airflow was half of what was needed to clean mine air and control levels of explosive methane underground.