Waiting on news from Crandall Canyon….

coalminer.jpgI was reading over at Alternet and discovered this little nugget:

“ABC News now notes it took the mine safety administration two days to take public control of the Crandall Canyon Mine.”

How in the hell did I miss that?!   A reminder about Richard Stickler’s record in case I forget.

Here’s a couple of stories I heard on NPR today.  One is about a pastor who is meeting and has been meeting, with the families of the six miners trapped in Utah.  The other story is about what companies do, specifically mining companies, to urge Mexicans to come work in their mines.

There’s this write-up from the Washington Post about the emotional impact on the families and this phrase – “compliance assistance.”  I ran across that phrase yesterday from something I read in the SLC Tribune, but of course cannot find it now.

The agency’s commitment to safety enforcement has been a recurring question under the Bush administration. Dave D. Lauriski, a former mine operator from Price, Utah, who headed the MSHA from 2001 to 2004, shifted the agency’s mission from regulation to “compliance assistance” — persuading mine owners to make changes rather than fining them for infractions.

So Liz Borkowski at The Pump Handle fleshes it out a bit along with some good points.  It’s fascinating reading. 

And if you’ve read this far – watch this video from China in relation to the 181 miners! trapped in a flooded mine.

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