Upper Big Branch Miners' Families Offered $3 Million Settlement By Massey Energy
Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the daughter of one of the victims said Thursday.
The offer came a week earlier when Massey officials visited the family, said Michelle McKinney, daughter of Benny Ray Willingham. McKinney said other families have received the same offer.
Massey did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
The widow of William Griffith has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit, while the mother of Adam Morgan has won a court order preserving relevant records and potential evidence from the disaster. The April 5 explosion – the nation's worst coal mining disaster in 40 years – also has prompted legal action by several current and former shareholders.
McKinney isn't interested in settling.
"Nope," she said. "My dad didn't have a price tag on him. Don Blankenship don't have enough money to pay me."
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