Lillis Heads to West Virginia for On-the-Ground Mining Coverage « The Washington Independent
Since an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 workers on April 5, Mike Lillis has been covering every angle of the story: the dozens of other mines owned by Massey Energy that pose safety risks, the failed 2008 bill that could have prevented the disaster, the president’s strategy for mining regulatory reform — the list goes on.
But there’s only so much one can cover from Washington. So Mike’s on his way down to West Virginia, where he’ll be speaking with miners and mine regulators, environmental activists, government officials and the locals who have felt the effects of mining on their communities. He’ll be there for the next three days, filing frequent reports; be sure to follow his coverage here.