Bob Murray, ex-CEO of the now-bankrupt Murray Vitality, has filed for black lung advantages, as reported today by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Murray Vitality was as soon as the most important personal coal mining firm within the US, and Murray, who spent a long time as a coal miner himself, is at present dying of black lung.
In his tenure as CEO of Murray Vitality, Murray routinely opposed regulation of all types, whether or not or not it’s employee security or environmental regulation. Notably he presided over the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse, wherein six staff and three emergency staff died, leading to one of many largest fines ever levied by the US authorities towards a coal mine as a consequence of Murray’s failures that led to the tragedy.
Murray Vitality’s chapter has additionally been a drag on the government’s Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. As of final November, Murray Vitality had solely contributed $1.1 million of the $155 million it owed to the fund.
Late final 12 months, whereas Murray was asking chapter courts for leniency in paying the $2.7 billion in debt and $8 billion in obligations it owed, it was discovered that at the same time as his firm was going bankrupt, he continued to pay himself an enormous wage and foyer towards science and public security whereas asking courts to forgive his money owed to his staff.
Murray’s lobbying continued this 12 months, after these revelations, as his bankrupt firm spent $100,000 in simply the primary quarter on lobbying actions opposing federal black lung advantages. The coal business, long dying for unrelated reasons (regardless of Murray’s best efforts to enlist the assistance of Trump in resuscitating it) had the gall to quote the COVID-19 pandemic in asking the federal government for relief on a black lung excise tax that pays for the very applications from which Bob Murray is at present attempting to attract. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, concentrating on the identical important organ that black lung does.
Murray has been recognized for his litigious type, famously lampooned by Final Week Tonight with John Oliver. If you happen to’re in search of extra background on what a chunk of…”work”…Bob Murray is, get pleasure from a pair Final Week Tonight episodes about coal, and how Murray mistreats his workers, and Murray’s ridiculous feud with the show.
Becoming this sample, in response to West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s questions on his black lung advantages declare, Murray (predictably and pathetically) threatened authorized motion. Their full story is great and deserves a learn.
Evidently, there’s just one acceptable response to Murray’s insistence that he deserves advantages from a fund that he has lobbied towards, has refused to pay his money owed to, and which is for a illness he says he doesn’t have. That response? Eat shit, Bob.
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