Last April, an explosion at Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 men. According to the federal government, the explosion was an "entirely preventable" tragedy. On Tuesday, the mine's new owners reached a $210 million settlement in connection with the accident. Under the terms of the settlement, the owner of the mine will not be charged with any crimes, but the agreement leaves the door open for individual employees to be prosecuted in the future. But whether anyone will be held accountable, and whether the culture that lead to the lack of safety in the mine will finally change is yet to be seen.
West Virginia Public Radio reporter Jessica Lilly and West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall, who has represented southern West Virginia in Congress since 1977, talk more about who will be held accountable for the tragedy.