Sam Petsonk Comments on Dangers of Retreat Mining

Skadden Fellow Sam Petsonk spoke to WV Public Radio for a story about the risks of using a coal extraction method called retreat mining in southern West Virginia and highlighting miners' rights to select representatives to participate in safety and health enforcement ("Brody Mine Deaths Ignite Old Safety Concerns," June 2). Sam, a Miner Safety and Health Project attorney at Mountain State Justice, said, "Retreat mining is always dangerous but especially in southern West Virginia now where we’re mining thinner seams and more discontinuous geology ... attention to safety and proper planning is probably more important because the dangers tend to be greater at greater depth and more marginal coal reserves."