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At least 25 killed in West Virginia mine blast

Disaster is worst in a U.S. mine in 25 years


 

An explosion that tore through the Upper Big Branch coal mine on Monday afternoon has claimed the lives of at least 25 workers, and the death toll may yet rise. Mine safety officials in Montcoal, West Virginia said four miners remained unaccounted for following the blast, which took place yesterday at 3 p.m. It’s the worst mine disaster in the U.S. since 27 were killed in a fire in a mine in Utah in December 1984. The cause of the blast in West Virginia isn’t known, but early speculation has centred on a possible build-up of methane gas that was somehow ignited. The safety record of Upper Big Branch is also under scrutiny, as the mine has recorded an injury rate worse than the national average for similar operations in six of the last 10 years.

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At least 25 killed in West Virginia mine blast

  1. a sad event to be sure. condolences go out the to families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.

    politically speaking it is also appears to be a testament for the continued need for a revitalization of the labour movement. ABC is reporting that that the parent company – Massey Energy – incurred 57 safety infractions just last month, including for refusing to develop a new ventilation plan. The subsidiary operating the Upper Big Branch Mine “was fighting many of the steepest fines, or simply refusing to pay them.”

    "Another Massey subsidiary agreed to pay $4.2 million in criminal and civil fines last year and admitted to willfully violating mandatory safety standards that led to the deaths of two miners. The fine was the largest penalty in the history of the coal industry."

    "Data kept by the Mine Safety and Health Administration show the Upper Big Branch mine has suffered three worker fatalities in last 12 years."

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/west-va-coal-compan

  2. a sad event to be sure. condolences go out the to families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.

    politically speaking it is also appears to be a testament for the continued need for a revitalization of the labour movement. ABC is reporting that that the parent company – Massey Energy – incurred 57 safety infractions just last month, including for refusing to develop a new ventilation plan. The subsidiary operating the Upper Big Branch Mine “was fighting many of the steepest fines, or simply refusing to pay them.”

    "Another Massey subsidiary agreed to pay $4.2 million in criminal and civil fines last year and admitted to willfully violating mandatory safety standards that led to the deaths of two miners. The fine was the largest penalty in the history of the coal industry."

    "Data kept by the Mine Safety and Health Administration show the Upper Big Branch mine has suffered three worker fatalities in last 12 years."

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/west-va-coal-compan