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Rescue still more than three days away

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Six miners are still trapped more than a quarter mile underground, and more than 3.5 miles inside the mine. And it’s believed that they will remain there Wednesday and Thursday, possibly even into Friday.

The seismographs indicate that what authorities originally believed was an earthquake is actually the seismic recording of the cave in. The seismic signature of earthquakes resulting from cave-ins is distinct from those of natural quakes.

Robert Murray, chairman of Cleveland’s Murray Energy Corp, the mine’s owner, insists the quake was a natural occurrence, and not the result of the cave-in caused by ‘retreat mining’ as has been suggested.

Amy Louvier, spokewoman for the federal Mine Safety & Health Administration disagrees. She states that this mine had submitted a plan, and received approval, last year.

Retreat mining occurs when miners pull down the last remaining coal pillars, allowing the roof to fall in. It has been responsible for 13 deaths in the last 7 years. Amy Louviere states that if the approved plans are followed explicitly, retreat mining can be safe. Fatalities occur when miners deviate from the plans.

The Crandall Canyon Mine has had more than three hundred safety violations since 2004. Just in this year, they have had 32 violations including 12 serious ones.

Of the six miners, only one, Kerry Allred, has been identified, although the Mexican consulate says three are Mexican citizens.

Source: CBS News

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