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Manchin Wants His Name, Interview Removed From Upper Big Branch Documentary

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 11:48 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding his name and interview be removed from a documentary funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Manchin also told Virginia Beach, Va.-based Adriot Films in a letter sent Tuesday to remove the documentary about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from all websites. Manchin calls the film an attempt to vindicate its creator.

The explosion on April 5, 2010, killed 29 miners. Four investigations found the blast was sparked by worn and broken equipment, fueled by accumulations of methane gas and coal dust, and allowed to spread because of clogged and broken water sprayers.

Manchin's letter said his interview was obtained fraudulently by the misrepresentation of the project. He says he would never have participated if he'd known its connection with Blankenship.

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