A note of explanation

To my readers,

I know I might be trying the patience of many of you by devoting so much time and space to coverage of the W.R. Grace criminal trial here in Missoula.

As some of you know, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer broke the story that Libby, Mont., had been poisoned by asbestos fibers released from a nearby vermiculite mine owned by Grace.

And as many of you have heard, the Seattle PI is about to shut down. So I’m covering the trial while I can.

I promise that soon we will be revisiting the captivating, non-stop world of nano-particles, poisoned peanuts, corporate and government hi-jinks and all the other affronts to public health that wind up in my in-basket.

Meanwhile, you can keep up with new postings on Twitter at asinvestigates

Thanks for your patience.

a. schneider


A note of explanation — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for all your reporting. It breaks my heart to see so many great news sources slipping away. Your work has saved lives and helped change a town.

  2. The peanuts are salted, they’ll wait for a bit. No one can cover this trial with your insight, Andrew.

  3. Andrew,

    What was done to our community goes beyond criminal and I want to thank you for allowing Libby’s story to be heard. Their dirty little secret knowingly spread well beyond those who worked for the company. I was 14 and absolutely thrilled to get my first real job earning $2.25 per hour, with the nightly duty of sweeping the dust out of the WR Grace busses that hauled the workers to and from work.

    I do wonder at what point the next little secret will surface, perhaps when the Grace attorneys find themselves grieving at the loss of their own child to the very corporation they fought so hard defending their right in sacrificing the innocent for the sake of the almighty dollar. Shame on all of them.

  4. Andrew,

    These are the stories that need to be told and heard. Please continue doing what you are doing. Those who have been poisoned in Libby and nationally by W.R. Grace deserve to have their story told. Great virtue and valor comes to those are willingly to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

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