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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE GIVING THE EULOGY TODAY AT THE FUNERAL OF THE TWENTY-NINE MINERS THAT DIED IN A MINE EXPLOSION IN WEST VIRGINIA. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.
THE APRIL FIFTH BLAST AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE WAS THE WORST U.S. MINE DISASTER SINCE 1972. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DECIDED TO HONOR THOSE MINERS BY GIVING THE EULOGY AT THEIR FUNERALS.
BEFORE THE SERVICE, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL MEET WITH THE MINER'S FAMILIES.
"All the hard work. All the hardship. All the time spent underground. It was all for their families. For a car in the driveway. For a roof overhead. For a chance to give their kids opportunities they never knew; and enjoy retirement with their wives."
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ORDERED A REVIEW OF THE EXPLOSION SAYING THE ACCIDENT WAS DUE IN PART TO FAILURES BOTH BY MANAGEMENT AND BY LOOPHOLES IN EXISTING LAWS.
OBAMA CALLED MASSEY ENERGY CO., THE COAL PRODUCER THAT OWNS THE MINE, A SAFETY VIOLATOR, AND DESCRIBED THE SAFETY RECORD AT THE MINE AS TROUBLED.
"We cannot bring back the men we lost. What we can do, in their memory, is thoroughly investigate this tragedy and demand accountability."
MASSEY ENERGY DEFENDED ITS SAFETY RECORD, AND CALLED OBAMA'S CRITICISM REGRETTABLE.
"We fear that the president has been misinformed about our record and the mining industry in general."