Price, Utah (AP) Federal regulators say the operator of a collapsed Utah mine violated safety protocols by cutting coal pillars that should have been left standing to prevent cave-ins.
A federal report says a subsidiary of Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. undermined other pillars by excavating coal from tunnel floors.
The first details of the Mine Safety and Health Administration report came Thursday from a summary issued to reporters and interviews with family members and their lawyer.
The August 6th, 2007 collapse trapped six miners whose bodies haven't been recovered. Three others were killed during a rescue attempt.
MSHA said Murray Energy misled regulators about the dangers and violated its approved mining plan. The company says it is preparing a response.
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.