US Senate subpoenas Utah disaster mine owner

About this video from the USA:

Wendy Black, wife of [collapse victim] miner Dale “Bird” Black, testified at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor hearing about the perspective of the families at Crandall Canyon held on October 3, 2007.

From CNN in the USA:

Senate panel issues subpoena for Utah mine owner

A Senate subcommittee probing this summer’s deadly Utah mine disaster has subpoenaed the mine’s co-owner, ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday.

The subpoena for Bob Murray — CEO and president of Murray Energy Group — directs him to appear before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on December 4.

Murray Energy operates the Crandall Canyon mine, where six miners were entombed in an August 6 collapse.

Efforts to reach them were suspended 10 days later, when two rescuers and a federal mining official were killed and six others were hurt in a second collapse as they tried to reach the area where the miners were working.

Crandall Canyon August 2008 update: here.

Report shows US coal mines not properly inspected due to cutbacks, mismanagement at safety agency: here.

Top West Virginia judge vacations with coal boss appealing legal verdict: here.

US miners’ deaths: here.

In a further blow to the family of miner Larry Knight, who was killed at the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania in April 2006, the coroner’s inquest into his death has exonerated the company and the state government of any responsibility: here.

2 thoughts on “US Senate subpoenas Utah disaster mine owner

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  2. Posted by: “frankofbos” frankofbos
    Sun Jan 4, 2009 12:07 am (PST)
    A tale of two appointees: A political appointee in the news on this
    date (2007) wants to turn a medical paper into a doc praising the Bush
    administration. Surgeon General Carmona refuses. Also, in 2008 Bush
    reappoints a Mine Safety head with a sad safety record, over Senate
    objections. Mine safety be damned, apparently. And it’s a good date for
    Bushisms (2001 and 2008).

    More details, from the 2009 Bush Blunder Calendar …

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Harpooning Healthcare, Incompetence, Revolt
    of the GOP & Insiders


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