Skip to comments.25 killed in West Virginia mine blast
Posted on 04/06/2010 3:44:45 AM PDT by angelcindy
The death toll from the massive explosion at a sprawling coal mine in West Virginia rose to 25 early Tuesday, making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Crews halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for at the Upper Big Branch Mine following the blast Monday afternoon.
Concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide inside the mine made it a safety risk for crews to proceed, said Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration at a 2 a.m. briefing to reporters. Officials planned to drill bore holes from the surface 1,200 feet into the mines to help ventilate it and to collect samples. However, they will first have to use bulldozers to clear a path to reach the part of the mine where they can drill.
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I also want to take this time to alert patriots that any funerals or memorial services for these miners may be protested by the vermin of Westboro.
Their website has listed a West Virginia itinerary in recent days. They use signs in WV that say something like “Thank God for dead miners.”
The Westboro Gang likes to go to conservative areas of the country to do their thing. You would think if “God Hates Fags” is their priority, they would be in San Francisco, West LA or South Miami.
But no they target conservatives areas to add “Thank God for dead soliders” or “Thank God for dead miners.” These scum have a hidden agenda.
But whatever, be alerted in advance to their very likely presence at funerals to come...
This is so sad...
There has to be a special place in Hell for the Westboro Church gang.
I am so sick of them calling their group a church.
They don’t go to San Francisco, West LA or South Miami because they are basically cowards.
Knowing something about the region and the coal mining folk there (coming from a SWVA coal mining family myself), I think I can safely predict that if Phelps and merry Westboro crew travel there and start up their bulls**t protests at the funerals, they won't be going home alive.
How very sad. Such dangerous and difficult work too and their families all know it and live in fear everyday I’m sure, and then to have those fears realized.
My Grandfathers were both WV coal miners. When I visit family in West Virginia I’m always reminded how strong a faith in God is down there.
This morning on an interview with WV Governor Manchin, he was asked if grief counselors would be brought in. The Gov. said we don’t have grief counselors in West Virginia, we have clergy.
That statement speaks volumes. I pray for these miners, their families, and everyone helping.
My parents are from WV, where this happened people just don’t sit back and watch things like the Westboro group antagonize good mining families without expressing their displeasure.
There are enough pick-axe handles and strong arms to swing them around this area to give even the WVSP reason to pause if they get worked up.
I bet the Westboro protesters don’t go. They are cowards and morons but I bet they know better than to show up and protest these funerals. Although a part of me would like to see them try and get taken down, literally, I wouldn’t want any of the families to get in trouble for it.
have there been anyone blaming this on Obama yet because they blamed Bush for the last one.
I am a West Virginia native. If these people from Westboro show up and attempt to disrupt the funerals there might be fewer of them going home.
Terrible news. I expect Sean Penn and other celebs to offer help. NOT!
I would suggest putting some focus on these bastards, which ran the mine:
They have been guilty of everything from massive mine safety violations, to knowingly polluting drinking water. It’s a great example of a company that cares far more about profit than it does employee safety. Let’s give a good bashing where bashing is sorely due.
What a miserable existence.
For once, I wish there was a media blackout on those evil, evil people.
They use to protest outside of funerals of people who died from AIDS- they may still do so. That is how they got their start though.
In the midst of all this sad news, right here is a ray of hope. Thank you.
I am waiting for the Dems any minute. They will exploit any tragedy they can.
This is just horrible. Prayers for all the families & friends...
If they try that in WV, they will be met by a fierce group of seriously angry tough mountaineers. They will be confronted and likely injured- and they should be. Of all the advocacy miners need, they do not need “miners died because God is avenging the US’s tolerance of “fags” “ This group crosses every boundary of sanity and decency. This would be a very good lesson to them.
I know this area and these people extremely well. I’ve got two nephews that work in this exact mine. One was there, and made it out, the other had been temporarily assigned to another mine, so wasn’t there. These people are fiercely loyal to friends and family. WBC better think twice before showing up to this one.
Prayers up. This is about 50 miles from where we go a couple of times a year to help a small school in Martin KY. Beautiful country, no nonsense people.
Mine too, along with my dad, 7 uncles, and 3 cousins. Coal mining runs deep in my WV family. We hurt with all these families, and pray for the peace of Christ, which passes all understanding, to guard their hearts and minds.
Where one can send contributions?
***However, they will first have to use bulldozers to clear a path to reach the part of the mine where they can drill.***
I know this sounds bad but, they are not going to remove any of the sacred MOUNTAIN TOPS to get to them are they?
Prayers for the families at this horrible time.
I doubt you will notice much of a shift in mountain tops, FRiend.
If Westboro goes in that area with their signs stating such things I will guess that a lot of a$$-kicking will be going on....
You are correct about that. There a great people down there, but you sure don't want to piss them off.
I wish some biker gang would just beat the living shit out of those Westboro scumbags.
And the greenies. They have stopped surface mining in WV and are looking to shut down the underground mines to reduce ... "GLOBAL WARMING."
Oh, that evil resource called coal.
Did he REALLY say that? I LOVE IT!!!!
If there is one place in the universe that would qualify as suicidal for the Westboro idiots to try their stunt, it would be the funeral of a West Virginia coal miner. Those are hard men doing a hard job, and they’re a brotherhood. Protesting at their funerals would not go well. At all.
Not only would they be playing with fire, but should anything happen, no WV jury would ever convict.
Prayers for all and hoping their plight is not forgotten.
Such a tragedy!
Good to see you back Morgana. I have missed you around FR.
I am afraid the left and Obama will use this as an opportunity to attack coal even more. We need it in this country, but that doesn’t matter to the left.
What is a FDRQ?
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