Breaking news: McAteer team’s investigation report blames Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster on ‘deviant practices’ and Massey Energy culture that focused on coal production at the expense of miners’ safety

Right now down in Beckley, special investigator Davitt McAteer and his team are briefing the families of the 29 men who died at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine on the findings of their year-long investigation of the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in nearly 40 years.

The bottom line in McAteer’s report:

The explosion was the result of failures of basic safety systems identified and codified to protect the lives of miners.

The disaster at Upper Big Branch was man-made and could have been prevented.

READ THE FULL STORY AT COAL TATTOO BY KEN WARD

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