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Drills in place to release gas in West Virginia mine

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin says drills are in place to release highly combustible methane at a West Virginia mine where 25 people have been killed and four miners are still missing.

Manchin said at a news conference Tuesday that the rescue can't proceed until officials know whether the mine is safe to enter.

Crews have been bulldozing an access road so they could drill 1,000 feet into the earth to release gases and make it safe to try to find the four. They were feared dead after the Monday afternoon blast.

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