Mine Cited for Violations on Day of Explosion

Feds cited Massey mine twice on day of explosion

The Associated Press
Vice President of Safety and Health for Massey Energy Co., Elizabeth Chamberlin, right, speaks to a reporter along with Mike Snelling, Vice President of Surface Mining at Massey, above Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on Wednesday in Montcoal, W.Va. Rescuers on Wednesday drilled into the coal mine where 25 people died in an explosion, hoping to vent enough poisonous gas to safely get inside and look for possible survivors.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Massey Energy coal mine where 25 people died in an explosion was cited for violating two federal safety rules on the day of the blast.

Mine Safety and Health Administration records show the citations were issued Monday.

Massey spokesman Jeff Gillenwater says neither violation was life-threatening. Kevin Stricklin, a top federal mine official, says he is confident the violations had nothing to do with the blast.

Records show one of the violations involved inadequate maps of escape routes from the Upper Big Branch mine.

The other involved an improper splice of electrical cable on a piece of equipment. Gillenwater says that violation was fixed the same day.

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