West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.

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Chester Cook, 61, of Bim, W.Va., a retired coal miner who lives next door to one of the entrances to the Brody Mine No. 1 in Wharton, W.Va., talks about the mine Tuesday, May 13, 2013. Two workers died after they were trapped as the ground failed at a West Virginia coal mine with a history of safety violations, federal and state officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Craig Cunningham)
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Original article: West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining




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