Blankenship kicked off his campaign Thursday night with a town hall meeting for voters in which he vowed to support President Donald Trump’s pro-coal stance with actions.
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Move comes three weeks before a federal appeals court hears Don Blankenship’s challenge of his criminal conviction.
Blankenship is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, day that marks the sixth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.
Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of now-defunct Massey Energy, is now facing a $28-million fine in addition to a year in jail for his role in the Upper Big Branch mine blast.
Eleven of the 28 deaths last year occurred at coal mines, a sector that has seen employment decrease significantly in recent years, especially in Appalachia.
Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of Blankenship, leader of the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine at the time of a 2010 deadly explosion.
Former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship, could face up to 30 years in prison in relation with a deadly 2010 mine accident in West Virginia.
Alpha Natural Resources violated 6,000 permits related to pollution.
David Hughart implicated former Massey Energy CEO during trial.