One year ago today, 29 coal miners died in an explosion at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia. It could have been prevented.
One year ago today, the worst mine explosion in 40 years tore through two miles of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Twenty-nine Massey Energy employees were killed.
Despite the fact that the mine had a long history of safety violations (over 3,000 since 1995, and 57 in the month before the explosion alone), and widespread evidence and reporting that the explosion could have been prevented, Massey Chairman Bobby Inman said yesterday that he believed that this was a "natural disaster" that couldn't have been prevented.