Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Rescue crews called to Ky. mine collapse

Rescue crews called to Ky. mine collapse
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Rescue crews were called to a coal mine in eastern Kentucky after a roof collapsed Tuesday, possibly trapping one miner, a state official said.

The rock fall occurred about 900 feet inside the Maverick Mining Co. LLC mine in Pikeville, near the Virginia line, said Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

"One individual is thought to be involved, but we don't know the nature of that involvement ... and don't really want to speculate on anything," he said.

Just 4 Days Ago

KRT Wire | 01/06/2006 | Enforcement of mine safety seen slipping under Bush: "David Gooch, president of Coal Operators and Associates in Pikeville, Ky., which has 200 members, said the size of the fines have nothing to do with who's in power in Washington.'It doesn't have anything to do with who's the president because, actually, the people who are doing those fines are apolitical,' Gooch said. 'They're employees that are covered by the federal civil service, and their own union, by the way, so they compute the fines the way they come out.'Mining industry officials defended the Bush administration and pointed to recent years of record low deaths and injuries in mining as the most important numbers."

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