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Sen. Manchin Criticizes Mine Disaster Documentary

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Four years after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, one West Virginia member of Congress is calling a new documentary "shameful".

Senator Joe Manchin is featured in "Upper Big Branch, Never Again."

Producers say the 50 minute internet documentary looks at evidence from the the April 2010 explosion in Raleigh County that killed 29 miners.

But Senator Manchin says he was duped into being a part of it.

The senator says he was only told the movie would focus on mining safety and he wasn't made aware it would feature former Massey Energy president Don Blankenship.

"I was outraged at the deceitful, lying tactics that were used to even get an interview with me," says Sen. Manchin. "And next of all, look me in the eye and tell me it was basically to honor 29 men who died at UBB on the fourth anniversary and this is all going to be a documentary about mine safety."

Manchin says he never would have agreed to an interview if he knew Blankenship was going to be a part of it.

He calls the documentary an attempt to vindicate the former CEO, not honor the 29 victims and their families.


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