Don Blankenship

In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A judge says ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship can't take a North Carolina business trip.

Magistrate Judge Clarke VanDervort denied Blankenship's request Wednesday in Beckley federal court.

Blankenship requested a three-day trip to the Raleigh area between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18. Prosecutors objected.

VanDervort wrote that Blankenship didn't specify why it was necessary. VanDervort wrote the timeframe nearly passed.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine, where a 2010 explosion killed 29 men.

His travel is restricted to southern West Virginia, Pike County, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

Blankenship was allowed to watch his son in an Ohio dirt track race in June.

Blankenship requested Las Vegas trips, where he says he lives. One Thanksgiving trip was allowed.

His trial starts Oct. 1.

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