Good Money from Not-So-Good Benefactors: Part I

On Friday West Virginia University announced a $1 million gift for energy research from Robert and Brenda Murray.  The gift will be matched by $1 million from the Legislature’s $50 million Research Trust Fund.  According to WVU’s press release, the funds will be used for a good purpose: “research on safer, more efficient and cost effective ways to use fossil fuels.”

Bob Murray is the President of Murray Energy Corporation.  Murray Energy owns Utah’s Crandall Canyon mine, where nine people lost their lives in August 2007.  You may remember that Mr. Murray initially came across as a sympathetic character in media broadcasts, but opinions changed as the investigation unfolded and it became clear that the accident was the result of serious safety violations and $1.6 million in fines were imposed against the mine operator.

As you would expect, WVU accepted the money and said nothing about Mr. Murray’s controversial past.  I think they did the right thing.


~ by Dennis Taylor on 13 September 2009.

4 Responses to “Good Money from Not-So-Good Benefactors: Part I”

  1. […] him to reject future donations from coal CEOs Bob Murray and Don Blankenship and demanding that the faculty chair funded by Murray be named for the people who died in the Crandall Canyon Mining disaster, rather than the person […]

  2. […] not-so-good benefactors: Part IV On 7 December 2009 Unlike West Virginia University, which accepted $1 million from Bob Murray of Crandall Canyon mining disaster fame, Miami University has agreed to return somewhere in the […]

  3. […] was one of WVU’s top priorities.  Does the Foundation not agree?  Whatever else you might say about Robert Murray, and a lot is being said, he made the most of his contribution to WVU. Tagged […]

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