Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Somebody Has To Make Sure Mines Are Safe

The feds aren't doing their job, so the state of West Virginia has stepped in:

Governor orders all West Virginia mines closed for safety checks

DRAWDY, W.Va. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has ordered all mines in his state to stop production until safety checks can be conducted. His decision follows the deaths of two people in separate mine site accidents today. The accidents bring the state's death total to 16 within a one-month period.

State officials say one miner was killed after a mine support popped loose at the Long Branch Energy underground mine in the Wharton area.

A federal mine safety spokesman says a bulldozer operator was killed during a gas fire at the Elk Run Black Castle surface mine.

via Suburban Guerilla

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