The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


UBB Roosevelt

Roosevelt Lynch, son of deceased coal miner William Roosevelt Lynch, leaves a briefing with families Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Beckley, W.Va., in which an independent report said Massey Energy recklessly ignored safety and allowed dangerous conditions to build inside the Upper Big Branch mine until a blast last year killed 29 miners. Roosevelt Lynch left the family briefing early with tears in his eyes. His father, William Roosevelt Lynch, died in the explosion. Lynch said he wanted time to digest the report, but thought investigators “did a pretty good job. I’m satisfied.” Lynch said he was not surprised by the scathing assessment of Massey. “I’m a coal miner,” he said. “I know what goes on.”