Published On: Fri, Nov 1st, 2013

Commentary: Tennant calls for closure of ‘Miner’s Revenge’ Halloween attraction at King’s Dominion Amusement Park

Natalie Tennant, candidate for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, this week called on King’s Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, VA, to close the “Miner’s Revenge” Halloween attraction.

“I am appalled that Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is using the heartbreaking loss of our coal miners’ lives and the very real guilt of their colleagues and rescuers to make a buck,” Tennant said. “Cedar Fair should close immediately this grotesquely misguided attempt to ‘entertain’ and donate the proceeds of any ticket sales to a charitable fund that serves our lost miners’ families.

“Our miners work hard and honorably, and for Cedar Fair Entertainment to exploit tragedies such as the 1968 explosion at Farmington or the Upper Big Branch disaster in 2010 for ‘amusement’ is too unbelievable for words,” Tennant said.

“Our focus should be on preventing the loss of any more of our miners, not on profiting from their loss,” Tennant said. “Congress should take this opportunity to move the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act from committee and pass it. Show our miners and their families that their safety is our priority.”