EPA Dramatically Inflates Economic Benefits of Recycling Coal Ash

  • Posted on: 3 January 2011
  • By: Connor Gibson

Bobby Ray Inman

"Zealots often carry the day"
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Non-Executive Chairman

Director of Naval Intelligence from September 1974 to July 1976
Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until 1977
Director of the National Security Agency until 1981
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, February 12, 1981 to June 10, 1982.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990
Board of Directors, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), 1982 to 2003
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation


In December 2010, Massey Energy's Board of Directors announced that its Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, would retire from the company at the end of 2010. Company president Baxter F. Phillips Jr. was named as the new CEO. Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, Lead Independent Director on the Massey Board, was named as Non-Executive Chairman.

Inman has served on the board of Virginia-based Massey since 1985 — making him the longest-serving board member by far — and is the lead independent director of the company, which has a record of violating safety and environmental rules. Between 2006 and 2008, according to the latest company filings available, he earned more than $1 million in cash, stock and other compensation.

Shortly after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster Inman blamed labor unions for the accident.  He also blamed the large amount of citations UBB accumulated prior to the explosion on an effort by the government to target Massey's non-union mines.

Inman was announced as President Bill Clinton's choice to succeed Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense on December 16, 1993, initially receiving broad bipartisan support. He accepted the post at first, but withdrew his nomination during an unusual press conference on January 18, 1994 that shocked members of both major political parties.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) SAIC is one of the largest private employee-owned corporations and escapes scrutiny because it is privately owned, despite annual revenues of more than $8 billion.

In 1990, while Inman was on the Board of Directors, SAIC was indicted and pled guilty to ten felony counts of fraud on a Superfund site, called "one of the largest of environmental frauds…" in Los Angeles history.

DOE contracted SAIC to manage and operate the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage program


"[Blankenship] is without a question the best coal miner in the business."

"My anger level is pretty high for the disinformation pushed by unions, I'm a political independent, but this is enough to make a tea partier out of me."

"I'm opening up a hornet's nest."



Koch Brothers, Cuccinelli, Peabody and others Named "Climate Villains"

  • Posted on: 13 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Baxter F. Phillips

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President of Massey Energy from November 2008 to 2010.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from November 2004 to November 2008,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2003 to November 2004
Vice President and Treasurer from October 2000 to August 2003

He holds a bachelors of Science in business management and a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Phillips was president during the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine.

In the 10 years Phillips has served as a senior executive at Massey Energy 54 miners have been killed in accidents, more than any other mining company in the US.  

Between 2000 and 2009, while Phillips has held an executive position at Massey, the company received more violations — and more “significant, substantial” violations — than any other coal company. The government cited Massey for 62,923 violations and 25,612 significant ones.

Blankenship said “Baxter and I have worked together for 28 years and he will provide the company great executive leadership”

Phillips donated $2,400 to Elliot Maynard, a Justice in the West Viginia Supreme Court who was admonished by the US Supreme Court for vacationing in France with Don Blankenship during a trial involving Massey.  Maynard subsequently sided with Massey in the lawsuit and appealed a $50 million jury verdict against the company.


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The State of the Nation [as Arranged by Polluters, Inc.]

  • Posted on: 9 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Duke Second-in-Command Resigns Amid Revolving Door Ethics Scandal

  • Posted on: 8 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Utility executive to utility regulator: "Would the ethics police have a cow if you and the woman came up some weekend?"

UPDATE 4/13/2012: The Indianapolis Star's John Russel has compiled a full timeline of this scandal: Prying Open the Duke Energy Scandal


Don Blankenship Retires!!

  • Posted on: 7 December 2010
  • By: JesseColeman

The infamous Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company, has announced he will retire at the end of December.  Given the storms Blankenship had weathered in the past, it came as somewhat of a surprise that the climate change denying, union busting, federal judge bribing, safety law violating, mountain top destroyer is finally calling it quits.  


Blankenship to Face Two Lawsuits from Upper Big Branch Widows

  • Posted on: 6 December 2010
  • By: JesseColeman

Don Blankenship

Massey CEO Don Blankenship, West Virginia's strip mining overlord, faces two lawsuits that hold him personally responsible for the Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster which killed 29 men.  A Judge in west Virginia ruled that two separate lawsuits, brought by two women widowed by Massey's UBB mine, will not be dismissed as Blankenship had hoped.


Salt Lake City Treated to Second Chevron Oil Spill in Six Months

  • Posted on: 3 December 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

In a twisted case of actualized déjà vu, Chevron spilled 100 barrels of oil into the Red Butte Creek area of Salt Lake City, narrowly missing the waterways...