The entire membership of the West Virginia Coal Association and Friends of Coal from throughout West Virginia extend their deepest sympathies and support to the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s accident at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County. 

We offer our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the families, and all those at Massey Energy as well as everyone touched by the events at the Upper Big Branch, and we stand ready to assist in any way possible while maintaining our fervent hope the remaining miners are successfully rescued.