April 6th, 2010
11:36 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama expresses condolences for West Virginia miners

President Obama said Tuesday that the federal government stands ready to offer support for the rescue and recovery efforts currently underway at the site of Tuesday's devastating coal mine explosion in West Virginia.
President Obama said Tuesday that the federal government stands ready to offer support for the rescue and recovery efforts currently underway at the site of Tuesday's devastating coal mine explosion in West Virginia.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the federal government stands ready to offer support for the rescue and recovery efforts currently underway at the site of Tuesday's devastating coal mine explosion in West Virginia.

He also offered his condolences to the family and friends of the miners killed in the accident.

We are praying "for the safe return of the missing" as well as for the rescuers, he said at the White House. "May their families find comfort in the days ahead."

The death toll from the massive West Virginia coal mine explosion rose to 25 early Tuesday - making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Four miners remain missing.

The explosion at the Massey Energy Company mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, took place during a shift change Monday afternoon.


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  1. Steph

    My prayers go out to the miners, their families and the community.

    April 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Larry

    May God bless the miners and their families.

    April 6, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Jasmine

    That is beyond messed up. Last night they talked about 3 or 4 were dead, I wake up this morning and it jumped to 25! Messed up.

    Prayers go out to any and everyone caught up in that tragedy.

    April 6, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    These mine tragedies do not have to happen. Once again big corporations gladly sacrifice their workers to make an extra dollar of profit. It;s shameful.

    This is another perfect example of why we need to end the use of coal, oil, and other dangerous, dirty fuel sources.

    This was a senseless loss of life and the mine company is totally to blame. Is over 400 safety violations not enough to shut down a dangerous mine? Was no one looking out for these poor workers?

    A whole town has been devastated and it is criminal.

    April 6, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. kr

    I was born and raised in WVa and my grandfather who was German was killed at the age of 28 in the coal mines. My sympathy to all the families and loved ones of those lost in this tragic accident.

    April 6, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    What I don't understand is when mines are sited for violations, why are they not immediately shut down until the problems are fixed? Why do we have to see this tragedy repeated every year in the name of big energy? Is this what we've become? As long as it increases the bottom line, it's ok? No, it's not ok!

    My heart goes out to the families and friends, even if those in charge don't care. I cannot imagine losing a loved one to neglect and greed. It's unconscionable.

    April 6, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    A mining accident in this area, which is rich in the sympathetic nature of its industrious people, is always one of the saddest diasters our country experiences.

    April 6, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. katiec

    What a tragedy. What apparently dangerous work.
    If this was caused by negligence there should be no limit as to
    the punishment for those responsible.
    Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

    April 6, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. frank

    There is no clean coal.

    These are our brothers, our friends, our countrymen. Rest in peace.

    April 6, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Operation Crush Rush

    Great job President Obama.We will soon have Limbaugh in retirement where he belongs.

    April 6, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. FM

    My thoughts are with you who have lost their loved ones. May god give you strength to overcome this difficult, painful time you are experiencing!

    April 6, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Mark

    What? No Obama haters here yet blaming this terrible accident on him?

    April 6, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Fitz In Texas

    GOD bless all these miners and our prayers go out to all the miners and all their families.

    April 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Independent One

    My prayers are with the miners and their famiilies.....GOD BLESS

    April 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Turnabout is Fair Play

    kr April 6th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

    I was born and raised in WVa and my grandfather who was German was killed at the age of 28 in the coal mines. My sympathy to all the families and loved ones of those lost in this tragic accident
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    My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your grandfather, God bless you and yours. I echo your sympathy to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy as well.

    April 6, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Peter

    This is what is wrong with America today big corporations running wild and not obeying the law and playing by this rules..this is the preventable nonsense that happens...i hope no more folks in this have to die and get rescued asap...

    April 6, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Time to start transitioning away from fossil fuel and coal. Coal is technology from 200 years ago. Renewable energy is the future and doesn't get people killed or nuked like 3 mile island or Chernobyl.

    April 6, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. anonymous

    I am very sorry for the families of the miners. My prayers are with them.

    April 6, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I too went to bed last night hearing about the "safe rooms" and how these would afford the rescuers 96 hours to get to them, and then.....

    May God rest their souls, and give solace to the families they've left behind.

    April 6, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. WV Gal

    You don't understand. Coal is king in WV and the coal companies can buy themselves off with the State Enforcement, all it takes is a little green to the Governor's office and the citatations disappear.

    April 6, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Voltz

    Mountaineers will come together and get through this just like they always do. God bless them.

    April 6, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom

    God bless the miners, their families, the rescue workers.

    April 6, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Rob from Texas

    My prayers and thoughts go out to those families and friends of the miners. But lets not forget the 5 who died at the oil refinery over the weekend. Those familes are hurting just as much. This has been one of the worst weeks for families from both Coal and Oil. Yes the big corps need to be more responsible and care to their employees.

    April 6, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Pkm i had a friend of mine who was killed in a mine blast in w virgina at 2i years old made me wonder why all mines are not checked for saftey

    April 6, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Chris Haynes

    My sympathies go out to the victims and their families.

    April 6, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |