Friday, August 10, 2007
So this week we have been watching the Mine Disaster. It is believed that they are trapped 1886 feet below ground. That is a great distance....I remember the Sago Mine Disaster, and how horrible it was, and how poorly handled. This week we have seen the Mine Owner Blame God and Nature. ( USGS website clearly does not identify this incident as a Quake, it appears by most scientific data and analyisis that The Cave In registered as the earthshaking event that it was.)Accountabilty needs to be a part of the Dialogue again, not nonsense from a Coal Barron....We all know that Energy Barrons operate with great impunity during the Bushco Regime and treat their workers like serfs. We have not really been told much about the Mexican Workers, I find it very interesting that the Mexican Consulate contacted Mr.Murray, makes me wonder were they here working legally ? Were they working under subpar conditions ?
These men are brave , but WHAT conditions are they working under and are they safe enough ? And do we get good journalistic coverage if Coal Companies are sponsering their coverage ? Was there any Methane problems? Have we even been told any oxygen, Co2, or methane readings? Was there any problems with Heaving ? or Slumping? Was there any history of Pillar Collapses? Were they legally still using Retreat Mining ? (it is not to be done below 1000 feet or if there is a history of slumping or heaving). Too many questions....and not enough answers....
Prayers to the families as they wait and the rescue work continues for the fifth day.
Prayers to the Miners, that they know of those above praying and working to rescue them....
[Click the title Alison Krause and Union Station singing "Constant Sorrow"....Kentucky Miners are in the photo from the 1950's}]