Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

West Virginia State News

March 27, 2012

Main to get another grilling over W.Va. mine blast

MORGANTOWN — Legislators are set to grill the director of the Mine Safety and Health Administration over his agency’s actions and failures before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 West Virginia coal miners.

MSHA chief Joe Main testifies Tuesday before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota will chair the hearing on lessons learned from Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine.

A recent internal review concluded the agency could have done more. But MSHA says there’s no evidence its inspectors’ failures caused the disaster.

Last week, though, a team led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health issued a report concluding that MSHA could have prevented the blast or at least reduced its risk.

1
Text Only
West Virginia State News
Virginia State News
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Sister Newspapers' News