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- Coal industry executives summoned by labor department
- August 11th, 2010 5:05 PM
Senior executives at Massey Energy – owners of the Upper Big Branch coal mine that made national news earlier this year after an explosion that killed nearly 30 workers – will soon be subpoenaed by lawyers from the Department of Labor.
Despite having interviewed 166 mostly low-level workers from the mine, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says that it has not yet gathered enough information to make a definitive statement about what caused the devastating explosion.
However, speculation is mounting that unsafe working conditions may have contributed to the blast, and federal regulators have discounted pictures released by Massey of a supposed crack in the floor through which dangerous methane gas entered the mine. Investigators are also looking into the absence of several methane detectors that should have been operating in the mine.
Massey Energy Company has operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. They are the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States by revenue.
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