This just arrived from the SLC Tribune: Governor rips mine owner
When Bob Murray blasted the governor of Utah (Jon Huntsman, Jr.), I wondered if Mr. Murray realized the governor was a Republican. I mean, I know simply because we live next door to Utah. Murray blasted Huntsman and accused him of “playing politics” when the governor called for an ‘independent state investigation’ of the events surrounding the mining tragedy at Crandall Canyon, as well as issuing safety inspection orders of Murray’s other mines wihtin the state of Utah.
Bob Murray’s treatment of the families of miners trapped in the Crandall Canyon mine was “unconscionable,” says Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
“There ought to be some modicum of respect for their human dignity in those cases and what [victims’ families] are experiencing,” Huntsman says.
Jackie Taylor, of Castle Dale, said she had a confrontation Monday with Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., after he bluntly told families the miners were likely dead.
Following another confrontation with another family, according to Jackie Taylor,
Mine Safety and Health Administration head Richard Stickler apologized to the families, and that he and Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon asked Murray not to participate in any more family briefings.
Oh-oh, that just might earn Stickler some points.