Here Come the Hearings on Massey
No date has been set, but congressional leaders are already vowing to hold hearings on the circumstances leading up to Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine explosion Monday that killed at least 25 West Virginia coal miners. Here’s the latest release from the House Education and Labor Committee, where Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), who heads the workforce protections subpanel, state they’ll hold hearings “at the appropriate time.”
Over the past few years, we have met too many family members who have suffered the tragic loss of loved ones in a mine disaster. On behalf of the committee, we promised them that we would do everything we could to learn the cause of these tragedies and to keep miners safe. Today, we extend this same promise to the families and community dealing with a devastating loss.
Considering the long list of violations cited at the Upper Big Branch mine, there should be plenty to talk about.