24 Feb '12, 9pm

Failure to Fix Safety Issues Led to Mine Disaster that Killed 29, Third Report Confirms

Failure to Fix Safety Issues Led to Mine Disaster that Killed 29, Third Report Confirms

TV19 - DD Meighen via Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 A third major report has confirmed that Massey Energy didn't address the poor ventilation, coal dust buildup, and safety issues in the Upper Big Branch mine, all of which led to the explosion that caused the deaths of 29 miners . This one was carried out by the state of West Virginia, and though it isn't as strongly-worded as the two previous report, it still heaps the bulk of the blame on the mining company for failing to comply with safety ordinances. Here'sKen Ward Jr. for the Charleston Gazette : The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training generally agreed with three previous reports about how the blast occurred and about safety infractions that led to the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in nearly 40 years.State investigators said they cited 253 violations and issued personal citations to two Massey mine foremen, w...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/failure-fix-sa...

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