Federal Investigators To Arrive At West Virginia Mine Monday

A team of federal investigators arrives Monday at the scene of West Virginia's mining disaster, a week to the day after an explosion claimed 29 lives.

Authorities have said that high levels of volatile methane gas inside the mine may have played a role in the disaster. High gas readings have forced crews to stop recovering bodies. They'll need to drill another hole to vent the mine before they can continue.

On the first Sunday since the explosion that killed 28 workers and a contractor, people gathered in churches to mourn the dead and honor their profession.

Pastor Gary Williams knew many of the victims. He says over time, the emptiness people feel will fade away, but that he never wants to forget what happened.


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  • by Mine Safetyman on Apr 12, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    MSHA will gang up on the mine operator who probably deserves some civil penalties, BUT MSHA will never look inward on itself and tell the world that its inspection processes are ineffective in preventing these kinds of incidents. Each and every coal mine must be inspected quarterly. Well, if this a gassy mine and there have been times when the gas was bad, why did the operator AND MSHA not shut down the mine until it was made safe to operate. It's called profit. Coal co. did not want to loose money and MSHA wanted to continue making money off the civil penalties they rightly or wrongly impose on the mining industry. MSHA is a rogue agency and must be changed, but the present administration will not call their hand, because the WH has no guts to make these important changes that would save lives.
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