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Hey girls and boys, wanna play Masseyopoly? Yes, this is an actual piece of Massey “propaganda.” In October 2015, the trial of Don Blankenship, ex-CEO of Massey Energy, began. He is charged with conspiring to break mine safety laws and lying to financial regulators about safety practices at the Upper Big Branch mine here in West Virginia. An explosion at the mine in April 2010 killed 29 coal miners.
No matter the outcome of the trial, it is unsettling to see this game about mine and environmental compliance. A friend who figured I’d be interested to see this bought the game for me at a flea market. My guess is it was given out to workers attending Massey picnics.