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(West Virginia: Harry Smith) The tragedy at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia reviewed; map and virtual views of the site shown; details given about the longwall coal mining process, the possible role of methane and the questionable safety record of mine owners Massey Energy; photos from the town shown. [OFFICIAL, Governor Joe MANCHIN- comment on the magnitude of the explosion.] [West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training Ronald WOOTEN- says the investigation will be lengthy.] [Victim’s sister Sheila PRILLAMAN- comments.]
(Washington: Bob Orr) Massey Energy’s safety record examined; details given about the violations at the mine, the fines levied and new safety requirements; animation shown; statement from Massey CEO Don Blankenship and a 2005 memo stressing productivity quoted. [Former mine safety official Davitt McATEER- comments on Massey.] [Mine safety attorney Tony OPPEGARD- notes the memo implies safety is not the most important part.] A study finding mine inspectors had not completed their training noted.
(West Virginia: Harry Smith) Live, on-site interview held with Blankenship. [BLANKENSHIP – says we don’t know the source of the explosion; comments on Massey’s safety performance; speaks of the victims’ families and the miners at his other mines.] Statistics on the big business of mining cited.
(Whitesville, West Virginia: Jim Axelrod) The risks of working in the mines featured; photos shown of victim Gary Quarles. [Victim’s sister Jean SANGER, Benny Willingham’s nephew Nick PRILLAMAN, mother of miner Tammy GORDON- comment.] [Victim’s brother-in-law Bobby SANGER- says it’s the way of life in Appalachia.] The deaths of miners Tim Davis and his nephews Cory Davis and Josh Napper noted.
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