From tragedy to tragedy – Crandall Canyon mine

There’s not much to say this morning.

Ellen Smith, editor of Mine Saftey and Health News, appeared on ‘Democracy Now! & discusses the mine collapse, the weakening of mine safety regulations under President Clinton and President Bush, and the history of the mine’s owner — Murray Energy Corporation.
– Part I

– Part II

Other sources:

Hazel Dickens – Coal Miner’s Grave


…. a remarkable act of selflessness.

Statement from Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Utah


There is no more selfless act than giving one’s life while rescuing another. We have witnessed a remarkable act of selflessness. Whatever happens from here on, all I ask on behalf of all Utahns is that we have no more injuries. We have had enough. We must ensure from this day forward every lesson learned here will go toward improving safety in mines, not only in Utah but throughout the United States. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families.