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Friday update, August 10th

[More current updates here, and here. 8/23/07] 

(Crandall Canyon mine)

The Salt Lake Tribune has some good coverage of the story on the Crandall mine owned by Murray Energy. There’s a multimedia short that demonstrates the megalomania of Mr. Murray – such a piece of work this guy is, and he’s altered his song just a bit.

While conceding his company has done retreat mining, that method was not being used Monday during the cave-in, he said. About 50 representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration are on the site, (Richard) Stickler said. He said the mine is in compliance with federal laws.

So the drill got through – nothing yet, but “engineers at the drill holes are leaving the microphone and air monitor in place.” As you can see from the layout below, it’s possible the miners aren’t even the section in which the engineers drilled. They could be holed up somewhere close by . . . . . there are a few possibilities. Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers union, was on CNN this morning and said the same thing – the miners could easily be somewhere else.


Those trapped at the Crandall mine are identified as Kerry Allred, Don Erickson, Brandon Phillips, Carlos Payan, Luis Hernandez and Manuel Sanchez, with Mssrs Payan, Hernandez, & Sanchez being “Mexican immigrants.” For those interested, the Houston Chronicle had this look at Mr. Murray.


3 Responses

  1. Just what I like to see…(in all sarcasm) another Bushie vacation appointee -Strickler- (who had been voted down twice by the Senate) in charge of Safety. Reminiscent of Brownie. Goes to show you how low and inept the current administration really is.

  2. However – and this isn’t a joke – Sen. Robert Byrd has placed a hold on Mr. Stickler’s appointment. Mr. Stickler’s recess appointment expires at the end of this year, December, unless approved by Congress. THAT will not happen, unless Mr. Stickler manages to get all six miners out AND bring back the three who were killed.

  3. Why is the Senate Investigating the “Mine Safety” after the fact?? These companies spent millions on how to get these men into this mine to get the coal… So why did they not have a safety plan in place to get them out?? Or worse case scenario a recovery plan??? This is inexcusable.

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