Rahall: ‘There will be accountability’

April 6, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.

Mine Explosion

Kevin Stricklin, chief of coal  mine safety for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, states there are now twenty five confirmed dead Tuesday, April 6, 2010, from Monday’s explosion at Massey Energy Co.’s sprawling Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va. . Congressman Nick Rahall, D-WV, is shown in the background.(AP Photo/Bob Bird)

Here’s the latest statement from Congressman Nick J. Rahall, whose 3rd District includes the Upper Big Branch Mine and surrounding communities:

West Virginia is in mourning today.  Twenty-five of its hard-working, courageous miners have been lost and we are bound together with their families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers in grief, while we continue to hope and pray for survivors.   I want to know why this tragedy happened; there will be a thorough investigation.  We will seek answers about the cause of this disaster.  We will look for inadequacies in the law and enforcement practices, and I will work to fix any we find.  We will scrutinize the health and safety violations at this mine to see whether the law was circumvented and miners precious lives were willfully put at risk, and there will be accountability.

3 Responses to “Rahall: ‘There will be accountability’”

  1. Douglas Leitch says:

    There will not be accountability until CEO’s of corporations such as this are tried for murder.

  2. Robert Vann says:

    This particular CEO isn’t worried. He apparently pretty much owns the state government, and as the Washington Post reminds us, he made national news when he bought his own state Supreme Court justice. The ultra-conservative federal Supreme Court just made it much easier for people like this to continue with their wanton destruction of people and property when the justices warmly embraced the absurdity that corporations are people, money is speech, and corporations can speak as loudly as, and whenever, they wish. But thus has it always been here in the “land of the free.”

  3. Shirley Collins says:

    CLOSE DOWN THE MINE—make them pay severance and retirement packages to each remaining miner on their payroll—–never let them operate in West Virginia again.

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