Bob Murray is many things. The last coal baron. A huge Trump supporter. A climate denier. A big deregulation fan. And now, apparently, an applicant for federal black lung benefits.
Ohio Valley ReSource, a cooperative of local journalism outlets in the heart of coal country, reported and confirmed that Murray applied for the benefits managed by the Department of Labor on Wednesday. The former CEO of his own company, Murray Energy, worked his way up from the mines, and so it’s perhaps no surprise he would need help to cope with black lung. But what is surprising is that a billionaire who has fervently opposed rules designed to reduce the risk of black lung and paid tens of millions in safety-related fines would do so.earther.gizmodo Coal Baron Bob Murray Files for Black Lung Benefits