In light of the Sago mine tragedy, here is a story of Bush cronyism and coverup of another awful mining story.
Thanks to Hume's Ghost, my friend over at The Daily Doubter, here is a story (from Salon) I missed.
I suspect that alot Americans missed this story, and that most Americans have no idea how the Bush administration is intimately in bed with the mining businesses and has covered their criminal and irreponsible behaviors.
It's a story about one of the nation's worst environmental disasters and how the Bush administration worked to minimize consequences for the mining corporation responsible. Specifically, Salon describes it this way:
...the nation's largest coal slurry spill at the Martin County Coal Company in Inez, Ky., on Oct. 11, 2000.... The EPA called the Inez spill the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the Eastern United States. Far more extensive in damage than the widely known 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, the Martin County Coal slurry spill dumped an estimated 306 million gallons of toxic sludge down 100 miles of waterways.
The story describes how the Bush administration took over the investigation in early 2001, threatened the original investigator, Jack Spadaro, with firing, and finally issued a report and fines that were an embarrassment and obvious coverup.
Jack Spadaro, now an independent investigator and mine safety activitist, has his own website and he says this about his experience with the Bush administration investigation of this catastrophe:
"I had never seen anything so corrupt and lawless in my entire career as what I saw regarding interference with a federal investigation of the most serious environmental disaster in the history of the Eastern United States," on CBS 60 Minutes, April 4, 2004
Spadaro's website is a goldmine (no pun intended) of information about the mining business and its cosy relationship with the Bush administration.