- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A key government witness says no one from a Massey Energy mine in southern West Virginia that exploded in 2010 had attended safety training sessions he conducted for the company.

Former Massey Energy safety official William Ross testified on Thursday for a third day in the trial of ex-CEO Don Blankenship in Charleston federal court.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break safety laws at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia and lying to financial regulators and investors about safety.

Ross, who joined Massey in 2008, conducted training at about 10 company operations on ventilation and other issues. In response to a defense question, Ross said no one from Upper Big Branch attended, although he talked to foremen about federal regulations during his visits to the mine.


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