Tilting at Windmills

July/August 2012 The informant

By Charles Peters

Speaking of West Virginia, the former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch Mine, the scene of the 2010 explosion that cost twenty-nine miners their lives, has testified, according to the Charleston Gazette’s Ken Ward Jr., that officials from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration “regularly revealed to mine officials when they planned to visit the Raleigh County mine.” In other words, the feds were tipping off the mine officials so that they could temporarily halt their dangerous practices while the inspectors were onsite.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.