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UMWA slams Blankenship video on Upper Big Branch disaster

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April 2, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APR. 2, 2014
CONTACT:    Phil Smith, 703-291-2430

UMWA slams Blankenship video on Upper Big Branch disaster

[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“The so-called documentary produced by Don Blankenship is little more than a rehash of thoroughly discredited theories as to what took place at the Upper Big Branch mine. It flies in the face of the conclusions four independent reports, including those by federal and state agencies, on the 2010 explosion that claimed the lives of 29 miners.

“This self-serving video is no more than a feeble effort by one millionaire to stay out of jail, and is an affront to the families of the victims.

“I again urge the U.S. Attorney’s Office to expeditiously follow the trail of its investigation all te way up the corporate chain of command, and ensure that all those responsible for the tragedy of Upper Big Branch are held accountable.”

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