Today in Labor History

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February 26, 1972

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A Pittston Coal Company’s coal slurry impoundment dam collapses in Logan County, West Virginia, and 138 million gallons of black waste water and sludge pours into the Buffalo Creek valley below, killing 125 and injuring over 1,100 people.  In its legal filings, the company referred to the accident as “an Act of God.”

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