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UMWA grieves at loss of two miners in West Virginia

April 7, 2006

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

"The hearts and prayers of all UMWA members and our families go out to the families of the miners killed today at Mystic Energy's Candice #2 mine in Boone County and Jacob Mining's Nagatuck mine in Mingo County, West Virginia. We offer any assistance we can to the families of the miners at both mines.

"The Candice #2 mine is represented by Local Union 9177 of the UMWA. I dispatched safety experts to the mine immediately upon learning of this tragedy. The UMWA will be an integral part of the accident investigation that will occur at that mine. And although the Nagatuck mine owned by Jacob Mining is a non-union mine, we stand ready to render any assistance we can to help in that investigation as well.

"Today's tragic toll means that in just over three months of 2006, more miners have been killed on the job than in all of 2005. Indeed, today's deaths are the 44th and 45th in the United States since February 1, 2005. We are seeing a dramatic increase in fatalities in the nation's mines, and the UMWA continues to call on Congress, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the various state mining regulatory agencies to act — and act now — to strengthen the laws, regulations and oversight of America's coal mines."

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