On Top of Jail Time for Fatal Mine Blast, Blankenship Now May Face $28 Million Fine

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Donald Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co., center, arrives at the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, on Dec. 1, 2015.

Photographer: Emily Harger/Bloomberg

Donald Blankenship, the former coal baron looking at up to a year in prison for flouting mine-safety rules, may be facing an even bigger penalty: $28 million in restitution tied to a fatal explosion six years ago.

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