November 30, 2012

Manchin Statement on Mining Tragedies in Greenbrier and Harrison Counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after learning about the mining tragedies that took place in Greenbrier and Harrison Counties earlier today.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the mining tragedies that took place earlier today. My greatest, deepest sympathies go out to the family of the fallen miner in Greenbrier County, Steve Odell, especially to his wife, Caitlin, his mother, Peggy, along with the entire Odell family.
“Gayle and I truly pray for a speedy recovery of the two injured miners and one unaccounted miner from the Robinson Run Preparation Plant in Harrison County. My staff and I will do everything in our power to assist the families through this extremely difficult time.
“The loss of one miner’s life is one life too many. As the families and friends struggle to deal with the tragedies that took place today, we are reminded that we must consistently search for ways to improve safety conditions because our miners' safety is of the utmost importance.”