BREAKING NEWS: OR BROKEN NEWS....BROKEN MIRACLES DOWN IN THE HOLLOWS.
It is 3:08 in the morning,Finally a Press Conference was held by the Company, and the Bossman came out and Admitted that the 12 Trapped Miners were found Dead, and one Critical. Why the Sam Hell it took More than FOUR hours to identify 12 DEAD people, I can not even begin to Fathom.
( I have been watching TV for hours and I have been following the Miner Story. It is in my Blood. I come from kin in West Virginia and Kentucky, I have studied Mines a bit, but that is a story for another time. Please read this I am only writing what I am seeing , there are no online updates or accurate information to give with this post)
( Now at 2:46am Lynnette Roby with her son and daughter Kiki and Travis came out of the Church and ran over to CNN Anderson Cooper and told him that the News was Wrong. She told Anderson that the Mine Owner had come to the Church at 2:30 am and he said that only Errors Were Made and that there was only one survivor. She also said that he had come to the Church earlier and said that the Miners would be brought to their loved ones before they went to the Hospital, but that now the families were being told that the Miners were indeed dead.The families were horror stricken and you could hear yelling and screaming and fighting up in the Church. Right after this interview The Press Conference began by the Bossman of the Company).
At 10:30pm we were told that the Miners had been located and were told that the Miners were Found, and found Alive. That the Waiting Families were told this information waiting at the Church. And yet, all eve only one ambulance went by. CNN spoke with the local hospital, and the ER doctor they said had been dispatched to the site. ( As an old ER nurse I am thinking that is not a good sign, sometimes in small towns the ER doctors are also the Medical Examiner). Yet the company said Nothing, and there was never a Press Conference, UNTIL 3am. Most of America has already gone to bed, thinking that the Miners were Alive, because NO Company Statement was issued. ( As of 11:30pm I switched over to Dave Letterman, and I was still thinking well they say that the Miners are alive...so I was thinking well, we'll see how many to go to the Hospital and what condition they are in).
[No Families or Media were allowed to the mine site, and the Results of the Carbon Monoxide levels have never been made public, the ones obtained by a robot yesterday. So I am still thinking that Something is NOT Right. So this was nagging me....and so at 3am I am thinking whelp I will check CNN one more time and see what is going on, and that is when I see the Press Conference... and the Redfaced Bossman is giving a conference, and admits that the Carbon Monoxide levels were well above 300ppm. That is too high, not compatible with life for long periods of time.Dead Canary High.}
The Bossman ( his name was not on the screen) said that he went to the Command Centerto Celebrate the Miracle and he found out 20 minutes after the Initial reports and that some were Dead. NOW WHY the hell NO ONE said Anything? It would not be hard to give a report and say "We are concerned that some of the Found Miners may be Critical or Dead". These West Virginia Folks are smart- they know mining, hell if they knew how high the Methane levels were , those families would have been prepared for the worst.( I think it was very deceptive of the company not to release the levels earlier- it means they knew that the Company fostered False Hopes and caused the families pain they certainly did not need).
Even in the past three years since the last wretched Mine Disaster ,it is known that many Protective Regulations have been rolled back and altered and it Deserves Scrutiny. ( The Company was operating with a slew of Safety Violations, total of 208 , enough to close the Mines). I also find it very odd that the last time that this happened in Pennsylvania, there were atleast hourly accurate updates. Once the families were confined up in the Church and the Media and the families were not allowed at the Mine site and Media not IN the Church, I think some Problems are going on. At the last Disaster, Equipment was shown, Mining Experts on site were Interviewed and Information was shared, partly because when information is shared this keeps Families Calm. I am wondering now that Mining and Energy is under the Government Reigns and Clouds of the Defense Dept. and Homeland Security did not BLOCK effective Communication to Media and Families. And it is also very obvious that the COMPANY was controlling the Outlet of ALL information. But if you were watching like I was you would have seen that the Media Coverage was Muzzled and Ineffective. And it was not for lack of trying, CNN, MSNBC and even Fox had all their best in place.The Company had HOURS to Correct The Mistake, instead they let the "Good News " sit for Hours.The Company let the Families "Jubilate and Celebrate" said the Bossman.
Randall MacCloy is the only survivor Minor, 27 years old and he is in Critical condition and was unconscious. He is now on a ventilator and being transferred to a Level One trauma level.
Sago is a small town, a Company Town, a mere Hollow in West Virginia, 418 people that all view each other as Family. Why did the company lie to these good hardworking people after 40 hours of Anguish....Ask yourself this....
We are living in a Culture Where LIES are Embraced and Perpetuated....and there is fallout...and we are seeing it. Has the Mining Regulators and Safety Monitors experienced a Femanized Agency ? And indeed the Mining Owner who knew 20 minutes after the Miners were found that they were indeed Dead, WHY didn't he say Something. I guess we do indeed have another Heckuva Job Brownie Award to give out ?- to MrBossman ( Mr Hatfield Blaming the Miscommunication....Now I don't know ALL the details , but Intentionally letting these families wait at that Church to see their loved ones for Hours, that is Lying, plain and simple. And Lying by Omission of Facts Doesn't Clear ANY Blame.)
One Family member ,Anna, one brave woman standing in the cold rain told Chad OBrien at 3:30 am " We was told that they were ALIVE and that they was going to bring them up here to the Church, then we heard Nothing for Three Hours. No one said Nothing. We Deserve the Truth, we are Americans, People should be Angry for and with us."
Families were and are so Angry and Hurt.....We should share their Angst and Rage.This Ain't Right.
UPDATE: as of today Friday January 6th, the International Coal Group has posted three small notices FINALLY on their
website about the disaster, and set a Fund for the family , and posted the names of those effected, and the Dead.
I will be updating blog over weekend with mor information. Skeptical Oberserver has been following closely, and has good info. and also ALF-CIO has good information about this situation- google them + Sago Mine.