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Black Lung Disease Re-Emerges In U.S.

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A study released Thursday has found that black lung disease in coal miners is on the rise in the US after significantly declining since Congress passed tougher mine safety laws!

The findings came after an investigation was ordered by West Virginia governor Joe Manchin to look into the the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in four decades in the state.

75% of the 29 miners that tragically died in in the blast at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia last spring showed signs of black lung!

Davitt McAteer, who headed the investigation, calls the sample "a terrifying number, an astonishing number, particularly given the age of some of these individuals."

With the rising cost of coal, mine operators are being accused of sacrificing safety in favor of profits. Specifically, the investigation pointed at the company behind West Virginia disaster, Massey Energy, saying "the operator's commitment to production comes at the cost of safety."

Not cool! Let's hope coal mining companies get their acts together or the government cracks down on those putting profits ahead of employee safety!

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Here Come The Miners!

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Well, this didn't take long at all!

Spike TV is prepping the release of a new reality show, called Coal, which will feature a group of miners from West Virginia!

Thom Beers will produce the ten-episode series, focused on the Cobalt Mine, its co-owners Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts, their families, and the town's community!

Inneresting!

Definitely is pretty in line with Beers' other shows, like Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, so we think it will fit right in!

Let's just hope that there are no incidents on this show like the one that surely spurred this trend!

What do U think?? Are U interested in Coal??

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Spike TV Picks Up Mining Reality Show

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Yikes! Is this a little too soon?!

The producers of Deadliest Catch comes Coal, a docuseries about the dangers of coal mining in West Virginia, which will air on Spike TV.

Although the series has been in development for over a year, the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners has demonstrated how treacherous the job can be.

Spike's executive vp of original programming, Sharon Levy, said:

“It didn’t take a tragedy, and then a miracle, to get us excited about this. Obviously, we’re humongous fans of the kind of shows Thom [Beers] does that celebrate the everyday man. He said, ‘We’re working on this project called Coal, and we said we’d take it.'

We’ve tapped into something that people are passionate about; this is a topic the world is interested in. Everybody is afraid of being buried alive. These people risk their lives every day to make the world move, yet most of us never really think about how we get [our energy] … this series is going to shine a light on the brave men and women and their families who endure the rigors of this arduous profession.

It’s incredibly difficult to shoot. What happened in Chile makes safety precautions even more important.”

The series will center on co-owners of Westchester's Cobalt Mine, Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts. Not only will it cover every aspect of the job, but their families and the community of miners.

Spike will premiere 10 episodes of the one-hour show in April.

Inneresting.

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