President of United Mine Workers Cecil Roberts (L) testifies as Jeffrey Harris (2nd L) of Farley, West Virginia, a former Massey coal miner, and Wes Addington (R), Deputy Director of Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, look on during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee April 27, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on “Putting Safety First: Strengthening Enforcement and Creating a Culture of Compliance at Mines and Other Dangerous Workplaces” after an explosion killed 29 miners in a coal mine in West Virginia.
Wes Addington, attorney at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, testified before a Senate Hearing Tuesday about mine safety and the recent disaster in Montcoal, West Virginia. Below are link to a video of the hearing, as well as some news coverage of the hearing.
Full Committee Hearing – Putting Safety First: Strengthening Enforcement and Creating a Culture of Compliance at Mines and Other Dangerous Workplaces (US Senate – vide0)
MSHA pressed for answers in wake of mining disaster (The Charleston Gazette)
Senate panel questions mine agency’s authority (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
UPDATE: Ex-Miner To Testify That Massey Compromised On Safety (Fox)
KFTC ally testifies before US Senate committee (KFTC)
C-SPAN coverage of Wes Addington’s testimony (video, C-SPAN)