Speaking in the Rose Garden on Thursday, President Obama was critical of both Massey Energy and our system of mine safety oversight. Mr. Obama said the Upper Big Branch Mine accident was "A failure first and foremost of management, but also a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes that they allowed unsafe conditions to continue."
Mr. Obama also said that "Owners should be held accountable for preventive measures they failed to take but that this is not an issue of a single accident at a single mine. Rather, Obama stressed, it is an issue of mine safety in general. (Firedoglake)