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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-10 01:01 PM
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No signs of life from mine: 3 evacuations in last two months from methane emergencies
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Edited on Wed Apr-07-10 01:01 PM by Bluebear
MONTCOAL, W.Va. Rescue workers continued the precarious task early Wednesday of removing explosive methane gas from the coal mine where at least 25 miners died two days before, but they had not received any signs of life from the four people still missing.

The mine owners dismal safety record, along with several recent evacuations of the mine, left federal officials and miners suggesting that Mondays explosion might have been preventable.

In the past two months, miners had been evacuated three times from the Upper Big Branch because of dangerously high methane levels, according to two miners who asked for anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. Representative Nick J. Rahall II, a Democrat whose district includes the mine, said he had received similar reports from miners about recent evacuations at the mine, which as recently as last month was fined at least three times for ventilation problems, according to federal records...

Mr. Rahall said that even veteran rescue workers, some with decades of experience, had told him they were shocked by what they saw inside the mine. They said they had never witnessed destruction on that scale, Mr. Rahall said, or dealt with the aftermath of an explosion of that magnitude.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/us/08westvirginia.htm...

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