A year after the deadly blast at the Massey-owned Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, it's official: The disaster was Massey's fault. I'm not sure what the team of independent investigators thought they were going to find -- vengeful sprites? A cursed sarcophagus? Workers deliberately blowing themselves up for funsies? -- but they found what we all expected: The company's negligence was responsible for the deaths of 29 miners. The report calls Massey's safety practices "profoundly reckless," and says that "The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris." That's pretty damning, especially for an investigative …
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