Robin Barton

The Minimal Coverage of Corporate Safety Crimes

If I told you that there was a pending criminal case involving an alleged conspiracy that led to the deaths of 29 people, you’d think it would be front page news, right? Well, there is such a case. But it’s gotten barely any coverage at all. On April 5, 2010, an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine owned by Massey Energy killed 29 workers. This disaster was widely covered at the time, by local media, national journalists and the international press.