This month marks the sixth anniversary of the horrific explosion at Sago Mine. Since then, mining safety has improved, and laws enforcing the regulations have been strengthened.
While that's a huge step in the right direction to preventing another such tragedy, a group of West Virginia journalists learned Thursday that there is more to come to make mining regulations an even bigger priority.
During the West Virginia Press Association's 2012 Legislative Lookahead at the Charleston campus of Marshall University, legislative leaders and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Chief of Staff Rob Alsop said mine safety improvements will be among the agenda items addressed this session.
None of the lawmakers nor Alsop were at liberty to release details or discuss any particular bills being prepared for introduction. However, it is reassuring to know that our representatives have the foresight to ensure the safety conditions at coal mines don't remain at a standstill, but instead continue to improve with technology and regulations.