BECKLEY, W.Va. -- When Shirley Whitt left the Thursday meeting about the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, she said she was sad, but not angry.
During the meeting, she and other family members of the 29 miners who died in the April 2010 disaster were briefed about an independent investigation into the cause of the devastating blast.
She said she was trying to keep an open mind at the start of the meeting and had not already decided who was at fault.
"But based on the information we received today, in my mind, this was definitely something that Massey could have controlled, and I don't think the boardroom of Massey should be making decisions that affect the safety of the miners," she said after the meeting. "I think this is a crime."
Later in the day, when she'd had time to read part of the report, she reconsidered how she felt about what happened.
"It does make you angry, how they treated the people that reported it. ... I guess I feel that now. You'd have to be an idiot not to see that Massey was involved," she said.
Roosevelt Lynch, son of UBB victim William Roosevelt Lynch, was the first to step away from the meeting at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, readying for an early departure.
He said he felt the investigating team -- led by longtime mine safety advocate Davitt McAteer -- did a pretty good job and he's satisfied.
"I'm a coal miner; I know what goes on. I don't know who did their job right or who did their job wrong," he said.
"I'm glad I made it out of there before I got to crying," he said with tears in his eyes.
Asked if he will reconsider his job choice, he said: "No, I've got to work. I've got a family to take care of."
Other family members began leaving the meeting shortly after noon.
Jason Mullins, whose father Rex Mullins died at UBB, said, "This is pretty much what we suspected all along: that Massey operated their mines in a very bad way.