Two mine workers were killed in separate accidents in West Virginia on Wednesday, prompting Gov. Joe Manchin to call on all coal companies to cease production until safety checks can be conducted.
"We're going to check for unsafe conditions, and we're going to correct any unsafe conditions before we mine another lump of coal,'' Manchin said.
This is potentially huge, considering the central role of coal mining in the West VA economy. The question is, of course, whether or not Manchins' "call" has any legal teeth, or clout in the private sector.