State senate delegation secures Benwood mine memorial funding - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

State senate delegation secures Benwood mine memorial funding

Posted: Updated:
  • EnergyEnergyMore>>

  • UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:05:44 GMT
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:40:53 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:20:59 GMT
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Senate President Pro Tempore Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel, announced Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and their Senate colleagues from the northern panhandle, have secured funding for the completion of the Benwood Mine Disaster Memorial.

"It has been eighty-nine years since the Benwood mine disaster and there is still no memorial to honor the victims," says Edgell.  "This injustice needed rectified."

On April 28, 1924, an explosion at the Benwood Mine of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation's steel mill tragically claimed the lives of 119 coal miners. It remains the third worst coal mining disaster in the State of West Virginia.

Senator Edgell, along with Senators Jack Yost, D-Brooke, and Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, spoke with President Kessler who helped them successfully secured the $11 thousand needed to complete the memorial.

"The miners who lost their lives in the Benwood mine disaster deserve a memorial that pays tribute to their ultimate sacrifice," Fitzsimmons said. "We could not have helped complete this important project without the leadership of Senate President Kessler."

The Marshall County Historical Society - Benwood Mine Disaster Memorial Fund Committee was formed in 2011 and has been working toward establishing a permanent memorial in Benwood for the victims of this disaster.