Mining is a big part of West Virginia’s economy, and Governor Joe Manchin wants to make it safer. His bill breezed through the Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support and should come up for a vote later this year.
In Kanawha County, Eagle Coal is taking steps to protect the safety of it’s employees. Miners there took part in an exercise that simulates a fire underground. The purpose is to make sure the miners are familiar with their safety equipment, and the most effective way to evacuate in case of a disaster.
These safety measures have become even more important since the Sago and Aracoma tragedies last year.
Manchin’s bill aims to give the Director of the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training the power to shut down a mine deemed unsafe.
The bill is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee.