Monday, August 13, 2007

Maybe federal regulators are a little too business friendly?

We can land on the moon, but we can't drill a safe mine? What has happened to safety regulation?

Drillers May Have Missed Area Where Miners Are
By Sonya Geis
Washington Post
August 11, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 -- A first attempt to contact six miners trapped in a collapsed Utah mine failed, but rescuers and mine officials said Friday they still had hope the men are alive.

Rescuers lowered a microphone through a 2 1/2 -inch-wide hole late Thursday night, after drilling more than 1,800 feet to the depth where mine officials believe the miners are confined. But no noises could be heard.

Hundreds of rescuers battle falling rocks and debris to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground following a cave-in at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah, Aug. 6, 2007.

The rescuers may have missed an air pocket where the miners are sitting, said Richard Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. The small drill bit could have veered away from its target as it bored through the earth...

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