Rockefeller on Mine Explosion: ‘I Will Demand Answers’
One by one, the powerful Democrats of coal country are calling for an investigation into yesterday’s explosion that killed at least 25 coal miners in Raleigh County, W.Va.
The latest is Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who just issued a statement vowing that he “will demand answers.”
We will leave no stone unturned in determining how this happened and in taking action for the future.
Rockefeller’s comments follow those by West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall (D), who called this morning for “a thorough investigation” into the explosion, which struck Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Rahall’s district.
“It’s unfortunate, but every mine safety law we have on the books today was written in the blood of coal miners,” Rahall told reporters this morning.