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All right -- now this breaking news developing story where they hold on the whole open West Virginia rescues they're slowly but surely.
On making their way deep below the Earth's surface trying to get closer to four men believed to be trapped within the walls of that mine.
Meanwhile the CEO of Massey Energy that's the company that operates the -- Defending himself on Fox News earlier today his company.
Citing more than a thousand times for safety violations.
-- that CEO.
Until we know what happened we don't know who bears responsibility of we're -- and everything we can where human beings as well.
And our engineers and the survivors -- the people work in this matter very distraught and I think the media meeting on the issue of whether people care about people have been appropriate in the circumstances.
Or they drilled the first of four holes through a thousand feet of earth and -- to try and allow some of the buildup of toxic methane gas out other banging on that pipe hoping to get a response that trapped miners -- so far.
One searchers can get inside the -- -- told the dangerous -- will begin and crews will have to.
Navigate through pitch black darkness and debris shattered by that blast Allen Smith the editor of mine safety and health news and we welcome you here to.
America's Newsroom -- how can they survive its.
Well you know.
In the minors -- the -- don't mind survived the initial blast and no one thought they did.
So there is a chance that you know these -- miners that they haven't found.
Did survive although.
You know these are dire dire -- it's a dire situation.
Everyone holds on.
To that small bit of hope.
The sad thing in this case is that they're drilling more holes and hoping that -- -- tap on pipes and what happened after say -- Was we were hoping that with the congressional mandates the communications systems would be better.
So they would survive it blast like this and we would have post accident communication.
And we're back to doing what they've always done which is hoping that they can hear pounding on some -- and it.
It's sort of unbelievable -- this is still going on it's.
Is this for years ago -- cigarette in the or as the guy who was found alive if it correctly yeah.
He survived after 41 hours.
-- right now we're 42 hours incidents.
And for judge Larry some doctors are saying they're still not able to explain how he survived.
Well that that's correct now that -- difference between say go in this accident.
Is that there are refuge chambers I mean if if these guys survived.
They could get to a rescue chamber where they've got nine.
Again if they survived there there -- material down there there's water there's food there's CO2 subscribers.
If they can get to the rescue -- they can survive until rescuers get to who.
We just her from the CEO you know how dangerous this business has been in -- yes and today.
These workers and other -- down there to bid the company did this particular mine have issues that -- raised red flag for.
Percent while the red flags are that and she issued orders I mean.
We talked all yesterday about what's called with 104.
We know that they got a 70000 dollar fine and I think -- 68000 dollar fine.
As recently as January for ventilation problems and there -- orders so the government was there they were withdrawing miners.
They would correct the ventilation problems the miners would go back -- to work but I said time and time again this mine has been on the government regulators' radar screen.
And there's been a continuing presence there's been problems.
And so my guess is I'm just gonna take a good hard look at what it could have done differently as a regulator.
And we're all going to be taking a look at the company -- the company is under a microscope and rightly so we've got 25 dead.
Had these companies always in the target -- the cross hairs or should say in matters like these and as you point out.
Rightly so again Helen -- thank you my guest today at a Rochester New York who was speaking again terrific damage -- -- -- on this topic.
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