Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I Guess Somebody Reads..

..MineSafetyWatch over at MSHA, though some have told me they seem to be blocked from it.

MSHA has removed the prayer reference from its news release announcing the investigation. (See yeterday's post.)

Don't just take my word for it, though, the original release is still here. (At least for now.)

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Meanwhile, Kentucky investigators at Darby are saying it looks like methane leaked through a seal, the Courier-Journal reports.

Clarification: virtually all coal mine explosions start with methane. Then typically, coal dust fills the air and joins in the explosion, magnifying it. It's not either/or. In theory, enough fine coal dust in the air can explode without any methane at all, but that rarely happens, because the coal dust needs something to disperse it before it's an explosion hazard.

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