24 May 2010

Congress Bringing Mine Disaster Review to West Virginia

Family members of miners killed in the Upper Big Branch disaster are among those expected to testify starting his hour at a congressional public hearing in Beckley, The Associated Press reports.

The House's Committee on Education and Labor is conducting the morning hearing.

"Among those scheduled to speak at the hearing are Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, and relatives of fallen miners Dean Jones, Adam Morgan, Rex Mullins and Gary Quarles," the article said.

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee heard from Don Blankenship, chief executive of mine owner Massey Energy, and others during a Capitol Hill session last week.

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