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Former exec from Massey Energy may be re-entering the coal industry

Don Blankenship virtually vanished from the public eye a year ago this week, but he's kept a toe in the mining business and may be angling to raise his profile. Public records show the former Massey Energy chief executive has incorporated a new venture in Kentucky. Paperwork for McCoy Coal Group Inc. has been on file since January. But Kentucky Energy and Environment spokesman Dick Brown says it has yet to seek any mining permits. Blankenship was forced to retire after the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at a Massey mine in West Virginia. He declined to accept a phone call Thursday. The United Mine Workers of America calls his formation of a new coal company "a travesty." The union says Blankenship belongs in jail.

Filed under: West Virginia | Around the region | Mining


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