News out of Huntington

News out of Huntington in regards to Crandall Canyon came with a bit of a flurry.

First – the attorneys representing the miners’ families are demanding release of the “full report of the ground-control rescue system used at the Crandall Canyon Mine to be turned over immediately, The Salt Lake Tribune said Sunday.” This is the report of the inspect performed prior to the death of the three rescuers on August 16th.

Second – There was a briefing with the families with “federal mining officials” (who I translate as MSHA) at noon advising the familes a robotic camera will be used to go into the previously drilled fourth borehole, and that a seventh (7th) borehole is being drilled. This area is the “so-called kitchen area of the mine where the men keep their lunches.”

Per one of the attorneys for the families, Colin King: “We’re very excited about it. The families are thrilled to hear this.”

Third – As reported by The Deseret Morning News:

Bob Murray made good on his threat to cut jobs in Utah’s coal country early this morning.

The owner of three Utah mines met with workers at the Tower Mine in Carbon County at 7 a.m. today. During the meeting, Murray told workers he is shutting down the mine and offered workers there jobs at his other mines in Illinois and Ohio, several laid-off miners said.

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