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Upper Big Branch

The April 5, 2010, explosion: a failure
of basic coal mine safety practices





Report to the Governor
Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel

J. Davitt McAteer
and associates

Katie Beall
James A. Beck, Jr.
Patrick C. McGinley
Celeste Monforton
Deborah C. Roberts
Beth Spence
Suzanne Weise



May 2011



This preliminary report sets out the findings of our investigation and recommendations to date. The report is available electronically at http://www.nttc.edu/ubb. We will update this site with additional information should it become available. The report also is available at http://www.wju.edu

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