The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

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Twenty-five people are dead and four others are missing in America's worst coal mining disaster in 25 years. As miners' families struggle with their tragedies, state and federal officials promise investigations. Kevin Stricklin, who runs the US Mine Safety and Health Administration says, “We know the mine wasn't operating safely or we wouldn't have had an explosion.” Hoppy Kercheval, host West Virginia MetroNews' Talkline, has more on local attitudes toward the Upper Big Branch Mine and the Massey Energy Company.




Warren Olney