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April 6th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

West Virginia governor: 'This was a horrific explosion'

(CNN) Our John Roberts talks to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin about the explosion that killed 25 miners.

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  1. good ol boy

    God bless these victims and their families they are true american heros.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  2. Mark E

    I understand that coal mining might be the only employment available in that WV town, but that doesn't mean that the citizens are forced to stay there. There are other places in the USA that they could live and work in safer jobs. Most Americans are willing to move where the work is...

    April 7, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    This mine's history indicates it emits 2 Million cubic feet of Methane Gas every 24 hours!!!

    This mine's safety history indicates SIX violations involving the fresh air ventilation system which is essential to exhaust all of the Methane Gas out of the mine and keep the Methane Gas from building up to 5% and exploding.

    It appears that federal mining inspectors had this mine on its radar with its recent repeated ventilation violations on a mine that appears to emit a great deal of Methane Gas.

    Methane Gas is lighter than air, its very puzzling that Massey Energy did not appear to have placed numerious vertical vent shafts which would bleed out the Methane Gas.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  4. Susan Kershner

    The coal miners of WV never get the recognition and thanks that they deserve for going under ground every day to provide the coal that powers this nation. I would like to see a map of the nation with those regions powered by our coal. West Virginian's fight stereotypes all the time, we kick, scream, dig and crawl to be seen for what we are. We are loving, caring, hard working people. We are sick of the hillbilly stereotypes and usually those that make comments are running their computers from power generated by West Virginia coal. I call on this nation to turn off your lights and burn candles tonight in memory of those lost in this devistating accident. Please pray for the families of those lost.

    April 6, 2010 at 11:50 am |