Investigation transcripts describe Upper Big Branch rescue activities

May 11, 2011

Arlington, VA – The Mine Safety and Health Administration on May 9 released 25 transcripts of witness interviews from the investigation into the April 2010 fatal explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine-South in West Virginia.

The transcripts are the first in a series of interviews that MSHA, with approval from the Department of Justice, said it plans to release in the coming months.

The interviews cover the rescue effort, including the underground search, establishing communication with the surface and recovery of the 29 victims.