April 6th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Report warned of safety issues

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/06/c1main.mine.sign.gi.jpg caption="The explosion at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine killed at least 25 people."]

U.S. Department of Labor

Editor’s Note: A Labor Department Inspector General report published days before the West Virginia disaster said the U.S. government mine inspection agency was doing a poor job nationwide of retraining the veteran safety inspectors who are tasked with making sure conditions are safe.

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  1. Dana Fairchild

    Anderson has anyone checked out the fact that the USGS shows on Sunday April 4th, there was a 3.8 earthquake that struck just 30 miles ENE of Charleston? Might this have something to do with the mine accident? Check it out USGS.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  2. Martina, California

    It's sad that mining companies can operate no matter how deadly they are, no matter how many times they have been fined and no matter how many previous injuries and deaths.

    What is worse than that is that mining is in very rural areas where good jobs and a better life are far from reach from communities see no hope and therefore mining is the only option.

    There needs to more opportunities and not just better health care but exceptional healthcare and educational opportunities for all so that dangerous jobs are not the only way to make a living that is not commensurate with the extreme dangers of a job, especially when the poor and desperate are taken advantage of.

    April 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Well over 90% of all Campaign contributions by Massey Energy the owners of this Coal Mine from well over many hundreds of thousands of dollars they spent, went entirely to Republican Lawmakers bent on reducing safety and inspections in America's mining industry.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm |