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Don Blankenship on Environment

 

 


AdWatch: Year in prison for contaminating drinking water

The "Mountain Families PAC" targets Republican Senate hopeful Don Blankenship. The Republican establishment has launched an emergency intervention in the primary aimed at stopping coal baron Don Blankenship from winning the party's nomination.

Last week, the newly-formed super PAC began airing TV ads targeting Blankenship, who spent one year behind bars following a deadly 2010 explosion at his Upper Big Branch Mine. The national party isn't promoting its role in the group but its fingerprints are all over it.

The 30-second commercials, which the group is spending nearly $700,000 to air, accuse Blankenship's company of contaminating drinking water by pumping "toxic coal slurry," even as the multimillionaire installed a piping system that pumped clean water to his mansion. "Isn't there enough toxic sludge in Washington?" the narrator intones.

Blankenship last month issued a statement saying he was well aware of the possibility that party leadership could target him.

Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2018 West Virginia Senate race , Apr 15, 2018

EPA is biggest polluter,moving jobs to unregulated countries

Don Blankenship said the Environmental Protection Agency has become "the biggest polluter in the world" by forcing U.S. jobs to carbon-spewing countries like China. "When you look at Trump's margin [of victory] and look at the fact that I advocated his policies before he advocated his policies--I've long believed that trade policies are unfair and that regulations are stifling," the former coal titan said last week in an interview.
Source: Washington Times on 2018 West Virginia Senatorial race , Jan 1, 2018

AdWatch: role of MSHA in mine disaster was covered up

Blankenship produced an ad that said the Obama administration's internal review of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's role in a deadly mine explosion was "fixed." The ad said the government's own documents revealed "Obama's deadliest cover-up." Blankenship's spokesman claimed to have emails that proved the point, but said they would not share them.

An extensive review of multiple government reports, plus a search through a database of thousands of news articles produced no supporting facts.

Source: Politifact AdWatch on 2016-2018 West Virginia Senate race , Dec 11, 2017

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