April 02, 2021

Manchin Statement On 11th Anniversary Of Upper Big Branch Disaster

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the upcoming 11th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in Whitesville, West Virginia.

“Eleven years ago, West Virginia suffered an immeasurable loss when 29 brave West Virginia coal miners were killed in the UBB mine disaster. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of those lost that day; I will never forget. My heart goes out to every West Virginian who lost loved ones in that horrible disaster. This anniversary is also a reminder that our coal miners’ health, safety, and security must continue to be our highest priority so no family ever suffers such an unimaginable loss. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in honoring the memory of those 29 brave miners and will continue to keep the miners’ families and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”