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n explosion at a coal mine in Raleigh County has killed at least 7 miners and 19 more are unaccounted for., according to a statement released by massey Energy. The explosion happened late this afternoon at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch South mine at Montcoal.
"It is with a heavy heart that Massey Energy confirms at this hour 7 dead and 19 miners unaccounted for," said Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship. "However, until we are able to notify next-of-kid, we will not release their names."
COAL IS TOXIC
WHY IS IT TOXIC?
Coal is toxic because:-
Elements such as arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, selenium, nickel, vanadium and copper are accumulated and concentrated within coal and associated strata. For example, coal seams can have 6 x as much arsenic, 5 x as much uranium, 4 x as much mercury, 3 x as much lead compared to a typical basalt (hard igneous rock).
The fine particulate nature of coal dust, and the toxic constituents therein are readily inhaled and lodge in the lungs as well as being ingested.
Coal strata also contain hydrocarbons and benzene-ring derivatives within their organic layers that are considered carcinogenic.
Any water that is found within coal strata will be saline in nature,
contaminated with organic derivatives and toxic and heavy metals.
Coal is toxic.
Originally posted by randyvs
Damn 25 dead. Wonder what the hell happened Conc?
This is such a bad deal. My sympathies go out.