Transcript: Labor Department lawyer blocked McAteer team’s questions about failure of MSHA to follow up on Upper Big Branch methane incidents
December 8, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.
Following up on yesterday’s Coal Tattoo post, Why didn’t MSHA prevent the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, we published a story in our print edition this morning with more details about the federal agency’s failure to protect Massey Energy miners from the clear and well-understood dangers of methane leakage from the floor of the Raleigh County mine.
Among other things, the story contained new information from a previously undisclosed transcript of testimony by Bob Hardman, who was MSHA’s Southern West Virginia district manager at the time of the April 5, 2010, explosion that killed 29 miners. Among the more bizarre revelations was that Hardman claimed to have started a project to examine the potential for other mines having similar methane leakages — but MSHA claims to have no records about such an effort.
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