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Now the bottom of the hour continuing coverage of breaking news from West Virginia.
Where a mine disaster happened forty half hours ago six miners confirmed dead the search on now for 21 others and we have just gotten.
A statement from Rockefeller state Rockefeller's statement on the tragic explosion against senator Rockefeller of West Virginia.
Quoting now Sharon and higher heart broken along with the community by the tragic news unfolding at the explosion it.
Upper big -- south mine.
We're sending all of our prayers and thoughts of the brave miners and their families.
He goes on to -- I know our dedicated first responders and local community members are doing every indicator rescue as many people as possible.
And I thank them for their incredible efforts.
-- he finishes by saying I'm working with state and federal officials.
To get as much information as possible and I'm doing all I can to make sure all resources are made available.
For this rescue effort that he's just now getting under way in earnest on the phone with -- -- and Smith owner and managing editor of mine safety and health news.
That's a specialized newsletter for the mining industry it's covered this particular mine in the past thanks for being here.
Thank you ever but a number of troubles that this -- -- has it been squeaky clean or something in the middle.
I had not squeaky clean they had 458.
Violations in 2009.
And almost 900000.
Dollars in assessed my safety penalties.
One of the things that that's -- that is if if those violations were unworkable failure to comply with safety violations.
-- -- -- -- -- -- You know the company can fight -- before the federal mine safety and -- -- -- commission but that's but that's fairly serious record.
Yeah it's well a couple of years ago we had a mine disaster in West Virginia.
And we began to read the number of safety violations that it occurred and they were in the hundreds.
And to those of us who weren't completely familiar with the -- industry and how things work -- and originally sounded like an astonishingly high number and then later.
We were given context whose perspective the kind you just -- -- and they -- well that one wasn't so bad.
You're saying -- this one though those numbers from your experience it's not a it's not a good record at all.
Well I you know I don't like the -- so bad.
And that's because the bottom line is there was an explosion we do have six that we do have miners missing I mean something obviously went terribly wrong.
One of the things -- picked up though.
-- that this mine has had six ventilation plan violations since January.
Collapsed and was issued on March 30.
And it also had problems with but it -- -- whereas if they've played for the miners to get out were not marked with reflective material.
Now this and hit record -- my safety and health administration.
Shows that if mine was under an ongoing -- inspections so obviously.
It was in the government's.
But you know we don't know all the details and obviously things can change we'll never know about the outcome until the final report is.
But we do know what has been reported thus far and I want to go through those again for our viewers.
For one at the report of a ventilation problem there was ongoing in my understanding of that is.
That when there is a disaster there's a ventilation system which allows the bad -- to be self -- and clean air to be put in there was said to be a violation there.
And a violation on escape passages which is essentially back doors out of the mine and they have to be marked with reflective tape that the light goes out -- using the lights on there.
On their hard hats or whatever they're able to see those exits that they're not used to using them is that the basics -- it.
Yes that's that's basically at the other thing is that there have been fifty or more noble failure to comply violations and that.
That's the you know shows that there was the problem.
But again I mean the company is challenging a lot of those low so we don't we really don't know but -- built that company has paid.
About a 168000.
In my civil penalties from last year and those were uncontested.
You know we we know that there were violations -- that -- But aides were real quickly is that to go but a 168000.
Dollars in it uncontested violation payments.
This mine has 200 people -- NN around the clock shift but working around the clock not not all the same time underground.
But compared to other mines that size better than others worse than others in the finds that they pay.
Well find -- gone up since we had those mine disasters in 2006 and then Crandall canyon.
It's it's hard to say was as if -- penalty structure but I in the bottom line is they didn't have -- vacation.
All right Helen Smith owner and managing editor of mine safety and health news this specialized newsletter for the mining industry.
Still waiting on first hand reports from the scene on led to believe they will be coming.
We'll wait for those.
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