CHARLESTON -- Gov. Joe Manchin on Tuesday announced that J. Davitt McAteer, his Special Advisor on the Sago and Aracoma Mine tragedies, has said the independent report on the Sago Mine explosion and subsequent investigation will be completed on July 19.
"As you know, we had initially hoped to present the report to you on July 1, but due to several factors, we would ask for a slight extension," McAteer said in a letter to Manchin. "We are continuing to investigate many aspects of the disaster, and in addition, we recently interviewed Mr. Randal McCloy and his statement, while answering some questions, also raised other important matters we are pursing."
McAteer also has been in regular contact with the families of the Sago miners during the last several months and has informed them of the need for a slight delay as well.