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Hear from both sides about controversial UBB film

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - As the four-year anniversary of the nation's worst mining accident in decades approaches, a film funded by the man who some believe should be held responsible for the disaster is stirring controversy.

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship says the film "Upper Big Branch: Never Again," primarily points out that the source of the explosion that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010, was natural gas -- despite multiple investigations that determined the blast was sparked by faulty equipment, fueled by a buildup of methane gas and coal dust.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed outrage at the film and his inclusion in it. Manchin says he spoke to the film crew under the impression he was participating in a film about mine safety.

WVVA News spoke to both Manchin and Blankenship about the film. Hear their takes in the video player above, then share your thoughts by voting in today's Webpoll and leaving a comment below.
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