Massey Energy Statement on Upper Big Branch Reentry

Jun 02, 2010, 16:05 ET from Massey Energy Company

JULIAN, W.Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today released the following statement after its initial reentry into the Upper Big Branch Mine with representatives of the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training:

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"Today marks an important step to determine what happened here at Upper Big Branch. Two teams entered the mine this morning at approximately 10 a.m. The teams were withdrawn after air quality samples indicated the presence of adverse air conditions. These samples were analyzed further and it was determined that the teams could safely reenter the mine again. The teams are continuing their examination of mine conditions at this time.  

"To honor the memory of those lost, Massey is committed to finding out the truth about the underlying causes of the accident. We continue to call for a fair and independent investigative process.

"We will have more details in the coming days as to our coordinated plan with state and federal agencies to return to the mine for continued investigations in the coming days."

Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the largest coal producer in Central Appalachia and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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