April 15th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
5 years ago

WH official: Obama to order review of mine safety records

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will order a review of mines with poor safety records after meeting Thursday with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about the recent explosion that killed 29 people in a West Virginia coal mine, a White House official told CNN.


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  1. Jacq

    My prayers go out to the families in WV they where hard working and blue collar. There is no excuse for bypassing safety to make a profit and this should be investigated to the fullest.Someone needs to be held accountable

    April 15, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. What a Man .... What a Man ... What A Mighty Good Man

    You know, the President wasn't so warmly received by voters in West Virginia, Kentucky, or eastern Tennessee or western Pennsylvania during the primary or the main election.

    It is telling of his character that he cares about people deeply enough to put aside any ill feelings. He is the President for all the people, whether they voted for him or not.

    The more I see, the more I like.

    April 15, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Jake

    Hope he sets down with Miners and gets some real world advise. Sounds like he should have a summit with some folks with experience.

    April 15, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I think this definitely needs to be looked into.

    My question is what happenned ( or WHO happenned ) to Joseph Main, the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration? This guy, less than 10 years ago, was a force to be reckoned with when it came to facing down the Big Dogs in defense of maintaining safe mining conditions. Then he got promoted, and under his tenure West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine (where the explosion occurred) amassed over 1300 VIOLATIONS!?!.

    WHO got to you sir that made you look the other way for so long until the inevitable happenned and 29 lives were lost? How could something of this magnitude keep occurring in this day and age?

    I smell something foul and putrid in this whole matter. Look into it Mr. President.

    April 15, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Too little, too late, as usual.

    April 15, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. frank in valparaiso indiana

    We need some teeth in the regulations on worker safety. If it has to be an executive order to implement it, so be it. These clowns who contribute to the GOP to keep their mines from being regulated so they can continue to make millions need to be in jail. Its all blood money at this point.

    April 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The only way to safe future Miners is to do all we can to secure the mines, and have accountability. Go for it, Mr. President, leave no stone unturned.

    April 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |