FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2008
UTAH COAL MINES TAKEN ANY ACTION IN SAFETY
The tragic events at Crandall Canyon Mine on August 6, 2008 reminded Utah how dangerous of a job coal miners face. UtahAmerican Energy Inc., co-owner of Crandall Canyon Mine, also operates Tower and West Ridge coal mines; which are also located in Utah.
President and Chief Executive Officer at UtahAmerican Energy, Bruce Hill, states, “The primary goal of UtahAmerican Energy, Inc. is to be the safest, most productive and highest quality coal producer in Utah. Our employees are the key ingredients to achieving this goal.”
Tower Mine is an underground bituminous coal mine. It went through a rough layoff shortly after the collapse at Crandall leaving 52 employees out of work, shutting down because of safety hazards. West Ridge Mine, also bituminous, is newer then Tower Mine.
Newer means less stress on the roof support, and being 2 miles underground makes it a big difference.
Many articles and verification has been published about warning signs and red flags being ignored by Murray Energy about the retreat mining being done at Crandall Canyon. So has anything changed in efforts to better Tower and West Ridge Mine, because all coal mines do some form of retreat mining?
Coal miners who work for UtahAmerican Energy, Inc., who would like to remain anonymous, were only aware of some changes that were going to be set into effect. “Things like roof control plans, ventilation, and leaving barriers engaged in West Ridge. We as coal miners don’t always agree with regulations, but need them, it helps save our lives.”
The biggest question is simple; do you feel safe going underground? The answer of most the coal miners were yes, simply because that is their job. One miner stated, “I don’t feel any safer then I did before.”
UtahAmerican Energy Inc., which is a subsidiary of Murray Energy, is owned by Robert Murray and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Murray Energy operates over 19 coal mines in five states and employs over 3,000 workers.
“All of us must remember that we work in a highly regulated environment, and should always be aware of the many regulations that govern our work as miners,” stated Hill.
For further information regarding Tower and West Ridge Mines please contact their main headquarters at: six-three-seven-five-three-eight-five.
Katie Jo Matekovic