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Originally posted by ludaChris
That was definately messed up. As I said in another thread, some lawsuits are definately in order over the 208(i think thats the number) safety violations that mine had. Its ridiculous, the safety of these men were put at jeopardy for what? MSHA has safety regulations for a reason, and the owner of this mine didnt seem to care about all of the violations that were already placed upon his mine. This pisses me off.
(CBS) - April 4, 2004
Who is Jack Spadaro? He's a man who's devoted his life to the safety of miners and the safety of people who live near mines.
He's an engineer, who until recently was head of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy (MSHA), a branch of the Department of Labor, which trains mining inspectors.
But he lost that job last year, after he blew the whistle on what he called a whitewash by the Bush administration of an investigation into a major environmental disaster. Correspondent Bob Simon reports.
”I had never seen anything so corrupt and lawless in my entire career as what I saw regarding interference with a federal investigation of the most serious environmental disaster in the history of the Eastern United States,” says Spadaro.
(CBS) - April 4, 2004
The new head of MSHA, a Bush appointee named Dave Lauriski, was a former mining industry mining executive, and so were his top deputies.
Officials from the mining industry have assumed MSHA's top ranks and are now responsible for enforcing mandatory federal regulations and, ultimately, ensuring that coal miners are protected. These officials, who once operated coal mines, now run the regulatory agency. Appointed to both political and career positions, they now appear to use their influence to advance industry interests and help former associates.
Utah native Dave Lauriski held various management positions in Energy West Mining before his appointment as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
Other Bush Administration appointees, who wield control over safety and health policies, also came from industry:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA John Caylor held management jobs with Cyprus Minerals Co., Amax Mining Co. and Magma Copper Co.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA John Correll served in management posts at Amax Mining and Peabody Coal companies.
Special Assistant for MSHA Mark Ellis served as legal counsel to the American Mining Congress.
Chief of Health for Coal Melinda Pon was a management official at BHP Minerals-Utah International.
Previously, he worked in separate assignments as chief counsel to the House Resources Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Before that, Dye served as counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Later, he worked as director of external affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration and as counsel to the chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Before coming to Washington, Dye served as the professional staff to two committees of the Alaska Senate-as special assistant to Alaska's lieutenant governor and as a regional and urban planner with the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs.
Dye received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He graduated from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., in 1979.
Originally posted by ludaChris
As I said in another thread, some lawsuits are definately in order over the 208(i think thats the number) safety violations that mine had. Its ridiculous, the safety of these men were put at jeopardy for what? MSHA has safety regulations for a reason, and the owner of this mine didnt seem to care about all of the violations that were already placed upon his mine. This pisses me off.
Originally posted by jsobecky
The mine recently went through a change in ownership in March, 2005. Most, if not all, of the safety violations were inherited by the new owners.
Originally posted by dgtempe
In this case, the media is not at fault. Maybe a little by not veryfying the story- but nobody could seem to verify anything.
That person who called those in the church should be lynched. Thats how it all started.
I dont necessarily think there is anything they are hiding. My only question here is why they let the families go on beleiving for an additional 3 hours that their loved ones were alive. That is the question.
I love conspiracies, but i think this one was just a freak, and i dont even find Fox news culpable. NOW, thats something for me.
Mining in this day and age should be done by competent robots (not like the mickey mouse one they sent in)- I would think we already have the technology.
Originally posted by C0le
As far as television news is concerned hows it there fault, Most of said statements werent made by the reporters, but by family friends ect, who got the info from who knows...
As far as papers are concerned, They ran the story that night whatever was printed went out, they cant change that,
but the media in general didnt do anything to harm the families, as the families got the info long before the media caught wind of it...... Its not as if the media found out first then the famalies found out that way, though im sure a few did find out that way..