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This page is a repository for previously posted statements and/or news releases on the Sago Mine explosion.

Congressional Testimony - January 23, 2006
Statement of David G. Dye Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor For Mine Safety and Health Before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Committee on Appropriations United States Senate - January 23, 2006.

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MSHA Applauds Court Decision Granting Injunction
MSHA Defends UMWA Rights as Miners' Representative in Sago Investigation

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MSHA Pursues Injunction Against International Coal Group after Company Denies Mine Access to UMWA
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MSHA Acting Administrator Pledges Comprehensive Investigation into Sago Disaster (See More...)

Internal Review of MSHA's Actions at the Sago Mine

On January 2,2006, an explosion occurred in the Sago Mine resulting in the deaths of 12 miners and severe injury to another miner. Consistent with established Agency policy, I am directing you to initiate an internal review of MSHA's actions at the Sago Mine. (See More...)

01/15/2006 - Buckhannon, West Virginia
'statement Regarding the Jan. 15 Memorial Service for the 12 Fallen Miners of the Sago Mine Accident

This is a day to honor the memories of those fallen, and to offer condolences to their families, friends and loved ones. MSHA and its dedicated professionals will forever keep them, and the survivor of this tragic accident, in our thoughts and prayers, said David G. Dye, Acting Administrator of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

MSHA Announces Joint Investigation and a Public Hearing in Sago Mine Accident Investigation (See More...)

Federal Mine Safety Agency Launches Accident Investigation - Eight-Member Team to Probe Cause of West Virginia Mine Explosion, Handling of Information on Trapped Miners' Condition (See More...)

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao On the West Virginia Mine Incident

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao issued the following statement on the Sago Mine announcement in Buckhannon, W.Va.:

"Our hearts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones of the 12 miners who perished in this tragedy and our hopes and prayers are with the one miner who survived. Along with them, the nation has been riveted by the heroic efforts of the mine rescue teams and others, who rushed to the scene and put their lives on the line to try and return their comrades to safety. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is launching a full investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy and will take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again."

Statement of David Dye, Acting Assistant Secretary, MSHA On the West Virginia Mine Incident

WASHINGTON - Acting Assistant Secretary David Dye issued the following statement on the Sago Mine incident in Buckhannon, W.Va.:

"Now that the rescue and recovery phases of this operation are nearing completion, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will begin an in-depth investigation of the accident. This starts with the appointment of a separate MSHA investigative team that will evaluate all aspects of the accident and response, including compliance with all federal health and safety standards, and how emergency information was relayed about the trapped miners' conditions. As always, the purpose of MSHA's investigation will be to improve mine health and safety and prevent such tragedies in the future."