25 killed in West Virginia mine blast - CNN.com
Sad to hear this. Hit's home since the majority of the people I know work in the coal mines including my dad. It's kind of Ironic that this tragedy happened today because I was called for an interview for CONSOL energy early Monday morning for a job in the gassiest (methane) coal mines in the nation (Buck 1 but I doubt any of you have heard of it).
Now according to my dad this more than likely happened due to avoiding safety procedures such as not rock dusting properly to keep the coal dust down, not testing for methane, or not drilling test holes ahead of the face to make sure you not about to cut into old works (abandoned coal mines.)
I suppose the best anyone can do now is pray for the families of the miners.