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Feds Contradict Massey Energy on West Virginia Mining Disaster

TWI alumnus Mike Lillis reports today that the agency in charge of mine safety said it still doesn’t know if methane monitors were tampered with before the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. The agency’s comments appear to contradict recent statement’s by Massey Energy, the owner of the mine.

Lillis writes in The Hill:

“We believe there are still units missing,” Joe Main, the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), told reporters during a phone call. “No conclusions have been reached at this time.”

The statement flies directly in the face of claims made earlier in the week by Massey Energy, the Virginia-based coal giant that owns the UBB. The company said Monday that a “thorough examination of the methane monitors from the UBB mine longwall face area conclusively confirms that the equipment was not tampered with or disabled.”

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