Submitted to the New York Times April 8, 2010
In the wake of the West Virginia coal disaster April 5, both state and federal authorities have indicated they will conduct probes of the disaster. These are on top of one the company, Massey Energy, is also legally required to complete. The avowed purpose of each is to get to the bottom of the tragedy to prevent another one like it from happening again.
Seven miners are dead and 19 others are missing after an explosion rocked Performance Coal Company’s Upper Big Branch-South underground mine in West Virginia this afternoon. Another 21 reportedly were injured.