The company that owns the now-infamous mine where 33 Chileans were rescued after two months underground has agreed to liquidate its assets, avoiding bankruptcy. Much of the money will go to pay miners idled by the disaster and to compensate the government for rescue efforts.
In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. So why aren't the executives of these companies behind bars?
Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.
There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters.
The first time I saw one, my first instinct was to pick it up. It shone in the sunlight, bright green, something new and fresh amid the dry grass of the south Lebanon hills. The little cluster bomblet seemed to have been made to hold in the hand. No wonder the little children died.