West Virginia Governor Urges Mining Moratorium

Just weeks after the death of 14 West Virginia miners, two more mine workers were killed yesterday in separate accidents, prompting Gov. Joe Manchin III to urge all coal companies in the state to cease operations until safety could be reviewed. ''Today has once again been a difficult day for our state's miners, their families and our mining industry,'' Mr. Manchin said, confirming that there were accidents at three coal mines, two underground mines and one surface mine that resulted in two deaths. ''I am calling on the industry to cease production activities immediately and go into a mine safety stand down.''


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