Ah, yes. A non-union (read: unsafe) mine owned by our good friends at Massey Energy:
At least seven miners were killed and nearly 20 were unaccounted for after an explosion ripped through a coal mine on Monday in West Virginia, state emergency officials said.
The explosion occurred at about 3 p.m. at the Upper Big Branch mine, 30 miles south of Charleston, in Raleigh County.
The mine, which employs about 200, is owned by the Virginia-based Massey Energy Company and operated by Performance Coal Company.
“All we know now is, this is an awful disaster,” Representative Nick J. Rahall II said as he arrived at the mine site, which is in his district. “This is the second major disaster at a Massey site in recent years, and something needs to be done.“
In a statement, Massey said mine rescue teams and state and federal officials were responding to the explosion.
Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, said that the mine was nonunion but that the union had dispatched a team to advise on the rescue and to help the families of the trapped or dead miners.