April 04, 2022

Manchin Statement on 12th Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in Whitesville, West Virginia.

“Twelve years ago, West Virginia suffered an immeasurable loss when 29 brave coal miners were killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. My heart goes out to every West Virginian who lost loved ones in that horrible disaster. The anniversary of that horrific day is also a reminder that the health and safety of our coal miners must continue to be our highest priority so that no family has to suffer such an unimaginable loss again. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in honoring the memory of the 29 courageous miners who lost their lives. We will continue to keep their families and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”