Sunday, August 12, 2007

MSHA Press Conference

Ellen Smith of Mine Safety and Health News reports to her subscribers (in part):

Just as I sent the last email, MSHA had a press conference.

Rescue workers are installing timbers on 2.5-foot centers along the rib. Despite this support, MSHA head Richard Stickler said they are dealing with "the most difficult ground conditions -- ever" and conditions are getting much more difficult. There continue to be severe bumps and outbursts along the ribs.

Stickler said they are now drilling a third hole...The two escapeways and the beltline are blocked, so they will now drill where they think the men could go....

Stickler said he would make no time commitments on any part of the rescue operation.

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