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    Federal UBB Report to be Released Next Week West Virginia MetroNews November 30, 2011 Officials with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration will, next
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      Federal UBB Report to be Released Next Week

      Federal UBB Report to be Released Next Week

      West Virginia MetroNews

      November 30, 2011

      Officials with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration will, next week, release the results of their investigation into the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that killed 29 miners in Raleigh County in 2010.

      MSHA will make its report public Dec. 6 in Beckley. Officials will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. The report will simultaneously be made available online.

      The MSHA investigation is one of several probes into the explosion that rocked a Massey Energy Mine on April 5, 2010.

      An independent investigation put together by then-Gov. Joe Manchin and a report from the United Mine Workers of America concluded Massey officials repeatedly violated safety standards. The UMWA report, titled "Industrial Homicide," called for criminal charges against Massey officials.

      Both reports said a massive build up of coal dust, caused by improper and inadequate rock dusting, led to the explosion.

      UMWA officials said the catastrophe could have been avoided had company leaders met basic safety standards. The union also criticized MSHA inspectors for not enforcing regulations.

      However, Massey's own report claimed an inundation of naturally occurring ethane caused the blast.

      In June, MSHA officials released preliminary results from the investigation. MSHA placed blame on Massey and said the company hid critical information from safety inspectors.

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