BLM inspectors noted problems at Utah mine well before it collapsed |

BLM inspectors noted problems at Utah mine well before it collapsed

Associated Press Writer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Bureau of Land Management inspectors noted serious structural problems at Utah’s Crandall Canyon Mine at least three years before two roof collapses killed nine people in August, Congress was told Tuesday.

Yet the government’s mine safety agency in another agency ” the Labor Department ” didn’t know of the concerns about Crandall Canyon until after the accident, Kevin Stricklin, a coal mine safety and health administrator for Labor, told a Senate hearing on the accident.

The Labor Department had approved a plan to mine there.

“This is like the CIA not getting information from the FBI when we’re getting attacked by terrorists,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., whose committee also is investigating the oversight by the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration of the mine and the accident response.

Six miners trapped during a cave-in at the mine on Aug. 6 are presumed dead, entombed 1,500 feet below ground. Three rescuers were killed in a second collapse on Aug. 16 while trying to tunnel to the men.

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