Two Miners Missing in Kentucky Mine Collapse
As a reminder that coal mining accidents are not peculiar to either West Virginia or Massey Energy, two miners in Western Kentucky have gone missing after the section of their mine collapsed in Western Kentucky Wednesday night. The Associated Press reports:
Rescue crews were in the mine on Thursday morning, said Ricki Gardenhire, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. Mine operators told a news conference that they are holding out hope of finding the miners alive.
Gardenhire said a section of roof gave way some 24,000 feet underground in the Webster County Coal Dotiki (doh-TEE’-kee) Mine about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The mine owner, Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners, says the Dotiki project harvests about 1,300 tons of raw coal each hour.
Kentucky, the AP notes, led the country in mining deaths in 2009. But don’t go asking the state’s congressional delegation to do anything about it. Indeed, in the wake of the Upper Big Branch disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia earlier this month, there were only prayers coming from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). And other coal-country lawmakers, representing both parties, didn’t even go that far.
Will be interesting to see if this blast, a bit closer to Frankfort, stirs a stronger reaction.