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Report: 6 Dead in W. Va. Coal Mine Blast: 21 Unaccounted For
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36183425/ns/us_news-life/ ^

Posted on 04/05/2010 3:17:41 PM PDT by Steelfish

Report: 6 dead in W. Va. coal mine blast 21 unaccounted for; emergency crews on the scene BREAKING NEWS msnbc.com staff and news service reports updated less than 1 minute ago CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An explosion at an underground West Virginia coal mine on Monday killed at least six people and left 21 unaccounted for, a state mining official said.

The accident happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, about 30 miles south of Charleston.

The West Virginia state police confirmed an "incident," but had no further information.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: coal; deathtoll; energy; explosion; mine

1 posted on 04/05/2010 3:17:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Prayers.

Very dangerous work.


2 posted on 04/05/2010 3:19:29 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Steelfish

I pray for those miners.


3 posted on 04/05/2010 3:24:58 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Confiscation of wealth with out explicit consent is not charity.)
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To: Steelfish

4 posted on 04/05/2010 3:29:54 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your mind. One is done through taxes the other through)
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To: Steelfish

RIP.


5 posted on 04/05/2010 3:30:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Steelfish

God bless them all..


6 posted on 04/05/2010 3:31:42 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers that those missing men are found alive.


7 posted on 04/05/2010 3:33:59 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Steelfish

Praying for these men!!!
My grandfather was a coal miner years ago in England. A job I would not want my husband to do!!
God Bless Them and protect them!!!

Polly


8 posted on 04/05/2010 3:42:29 PM PDT by pollywog ("Under His Wings".........Psalm 91:4)
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To: Maelstorm
Pray for the families whose pain must be nearly unbearable.
9 posted on 04/05/2010 3:46:55 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers up for all these men, and for family members waiting for them to be found.

Lord, be merciful unto them!


10 posted on 04/05/2010 3:49:27 PM PDT by Palladin (Regroup, Resist, Reload, Repeat!)
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To: Steelfish

You have to be so careful with a mine with gas....ventilation is key..I mean fresh air is a must!!Something went wrong. This is bad very bad..Prayers for the miners and their families. Something could of happened and the men knew noting about it till it was too late.


11 posted on 04/05/2010 4:11:04 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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To: Steelfish
Adding my prayers.

God be with their families. How hard it must be to have a loved one go down in a mine every day.

12 posted on 04/05/2010 4:13:12 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Maelstorm

Prayers Up!

May God comfort their families in their time of need and sorrow.


13 posted on 04/05/2010 4:20:55 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Maelstorm

These guys really are all heroes. You can’t even imagine the danger they face every day, yet like soldiers, they love what they do and wouldn’t want to do anything else. I’ve heard it from their own lips.


14 posted on 04/05/2010 4:25:41 PM PDT by WVNan (I hate the liberal news corpse..)
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To: penelopesire

Oh yes, please God, be there for the guys and their families.


15 posted on 04/05/2010 4:27:07 PM PDT by WVNan (I hate the liberal news corpse..)
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To: Maelstorm
Miners are a special group of men!!!! I mean like a band of brothers. Rescue crews are on their way to help. There is so much that depends on where then explosion was and where the other miners were. You have crews in other sections of the mine. As a former miner this is very emotional for me. My family from the 1800’s has been in mining. Prayers for all concerned!
16 posted on 04/05/2010 4:29:28 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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To: GregB
Shep is going off half cocked..excuse the expression..We turned him off!!
17 posted on 04/05/2010 4:30:56 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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To: old_sage_says

ping


18 posted on 04/05/2010 4:31:08 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: ohioWfan
Joining in prayer for the Lord's mercy upon these dear ones ...
19 posted on 04/05/2010 4:35:00 PM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Steelfish

if there was ever a time for Obama to keep his mouth shut this would be it


20 posted on 04/05/2010 4:35:05 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: advertising guy

Time will tell!!!


21 posted on 04/05/2010 4:39:00 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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To: Roccus

Hey Roccus, you got anything on this?


22 posted on 04/05/2010 4:41:46 PM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: Steelfish

My husband is a hard rock miner and this is why he has refused to ever mine coal. Prayers.


23 posted on 04/05/2010 4:43:54 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers for the miner and their families.

From this son of a coal miner, who was also a son of a coal miner.


24 posted on 04/05/2010 5:04:51 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: GregB

My grandfather was a mine inspector called to the scene after disasters such as this. He wrote a book about his experiences. I pray for these miners and their families.


25 posted on 04/05/2010 5:11:15 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers for these hardworking men and their families.


26 posted on 04/05/2010 5:16:44 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers up from a boy who’s WV born and raised. Coal mining is in our souls.


27 posted on 04/05/2010 5:20:21 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer ("It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." --Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

May God bless these miners and the families


28 posted on 04/05/2010 5:24:14 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Jaxter

Sorry, can’t help with this one yet. A woman I know has relatives who work this one, but she hasn’t heard whether they’re involved or not yet.


29 posted on 04/05/2010 5:47:11 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: GregB

My grandfather and great-grandfather (and uncles) were all KY coal miners. My thoughts are with all the families there tonight and I hope those missing can be found.


30 posted on 04/05/2010 7:07:19 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: Steelfish; yorkie; metmom

Prayers being said.


31 posted on 04/05/2010 7:41:34 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (timendi causa est nescire)
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To: ohioWfan

Adding my prayers.

Father, protect those missing and comfort the friends and families of those who lost their lives. Father, hear our prayers. Amen


32 posted on 04/05/2010 8:46:10 PM PDT by JustAmy (Remove Reid, Repeal ObamaCare, Replace Congress.)
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To: WVNan

I’ve added these men to my prayers, Nan.


33 posted on 04/05/2010 8:47:06 PM PDT by JustAmy (Remove Reid, Repeal ObamaCare, Replace Congress.)
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To: Steelfish

Massey Coal was involved in the buying off of a state supreme court justice. Went to the SCOTUS which reversed. Unfortunately the state supreme court issued a new decision in Massey’s favor. The ruling was corruptly issued.

That said, my prayers are for the miners and their families/friends.


34 posted on 04/05/2010 10:10:59 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: GregB

The methane gas and coal dust are both dangerous.

Back in 1979, when Sam Church was the president of the Coal Miners’ Union, he pressed for separate oxygen masks for each miner. I lobbied for a law to be passed, making the masks requirement by law. This being 2010, we know how that effort went down.

I think it’s time I try again.

Judi Hanford


35 posted on 04/05/2010 10:16:07 PM PDT by baltimorelady (My response to VanDeKoik)
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To: mmanager; All
ANYONE heard from, or know the status of Freeper -mmanager- and his two brothers,
not sure if he is directly involved or not, have 2 daughters working the rescue operations.
This incident began as I was on my way to work yesterday afternoon now, been following it all night.

Would appreciate any info asap. Thanks

36 posted on 04/05/2010 10:42:40 PM PDT by spartan68
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To: Steelfish

12 dead now, and 10 still missing, thousands of feet underground.

God help them!


37 posted on 04/05/2010 10:45:57 PM PDT by Deo volente (Hope and Change, aka All Government, All the Time)
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To: baltimorelady
Oxygen generating self rescuers have been required since the mid-'80s. In addition to having one on your person or within a few feet, additional units have to be stored at strategic locations throughout the mine.

Things may have changed in the last decade, but there were two basic models: one which generated O2 from a chemical reaction and another that used a small O2 cylinder. Both used filtering technology to fully utilize the supply and remove CO. Some are based on underwater re-breather apparatus developed during WWII. They are supposed to last an hour, but one tends to breath a bit more than normal when under extreme stress or heavy exertion. Consequently, the requirement for additional units stored throughout the mine.

38 posted on 04/05/2010 10:51:11 PM PDT by kitchen (One battle rifle for each person, and a spare for each pair.)
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To: Deo volente

25 confirmed dead..when I heard that number my jaw just dropped..prayers to all those affected by this horrible horrible tragedy


39 posted on 04/05/2010 11:18:30 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I just heard it...terribly sad.

Four still missing...rescue called off.

Worst American mine disaster since 1984.


40 posted on 04/05/2010 11:20:24 PM PDT by Deo volente (Hope and Change, aka All Government, All the Time)
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To: Deo volente

yeah its most likely going to be 29 dead, I doubt those 4 still missing are still alive..apparently this mine has had problems in the past..in 1984 27 miners died so this tragedy will be the worst one in American history, at least as far as I know


41 posted on 04/05/2010 11:22:41 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Massey Energy has just issued a statement on the tragedy:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Update-From-Massey-Energy-on-prnews-3674203588.html?x=0

The rescue effort has been suspended, but will resume “as soon as conditions allow.”


42 posted on 04/05/2010 11:28:51 PM PDT by Deo volente (Hope and Change, aka All Government, All the Time)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Horribly sad. May God be with the families of these poor men.


43 posted on 04/05/2010 11:41:49 PM PDT by publana (Time to go Galt.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

25 dead so far...


44 posted on 04/05/2010 11:44:42 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Steelfish

The trouble with saying, just send money, a la Red Cross, is that if you don’t have any money, you can’t help.


45 posted on 04/06/2010 3:05:23 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: spartan68

I work for another coal company. How the board puts up with Blankinship running Massey is beyond me. They have the worst safety and environmental record of the top five coal companys in the US.

In today’s world this should not happen. Period.

Prayers for these families.


46 posted on 04/06/2010 3:34:22 AM PDT by mmanager (I'm not racist, I don't like the white half of him either.)
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To: don-o

What I know about this tragedy is what you know. Reprts say methane was involved so, a flash fire had to occur. Something had to ignite the methane, most likely something electrical, a cable perhaps. We actually don’t know all the facts and will have to wait for the results of the investigation.

Sad, so sad.

Massey is gonna be attacked by the media. Don Blankenship will be in the hot seat, for sure.


47 posted on 04/06/2010 4:26:59 AM PDT by old_sage_says ("Do not wish ill for your enemy, plan it.." Brad Thor)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Just getting caught up here, so I’m sorry this reply is late. There was an explosion in 1968 here in WV that claimed 78 miners

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmington_Mine_disaster


48 posted on 04/09/2010 7:00:48 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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