West Virginia Mine EXPLOSION: Massey Energy Mine Had Scores Of Safety Citations
AP/Huffington Post First Posted: 04- 6-10 10:35 AM | Updated: 04-6-10 05:55 PM
MONTCOAL, W.Va. — A huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners in the worst
U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.
Four others were missing Tuesday, their chances of survival dimming as rescuers were held back by poison gases that accumulated near the blast site, about 1.5 miles from the entrance to Massey Energy Co.’s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine.
The mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, has a significant history of safety violations, including 57 infractions just last month for (among other things) not properly ventilating the highly combustible methane.