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MSHA News Release: [04/06/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder or Carl Fillichio
Phone Number: (202) 693-5060 or x (202) 309-9184
Release Number: 10-0452-NAT

Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on the death of 25 miners at Upper Big Branch South Mine

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on the death of 25 miners yesterday at the Upper Big Branch South Mine in Whitesville, W.Va.:

"As we hear of more heartbreak from Whitesville, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, loved ones, neighbors and coworkers.  Twenty-five hardworking men died needlessly in a mine yesterday.  I pledge that their deaths will not be in vain.

“The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will investigate this tragedy, and take action.  Miners should never have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihood."