posted on Aug, 15 2007 @ 11:54 PM
I can think of lots of simple reasons why the mine owner would want to drag out a rescue/recovery. Maybe he's nuts? Maybe he's so greedy or
desperate that he doesn't want to ruin any coal deposits that might be harvested later. Maybe he's afraid the friction of a fast dig would ignite
the coal. Maybe he doesn't want anyone to die trying to rescue miners who may or may not be alive. Schrödinger's miners?
And I do realize I'm making light of suffering.
The behavior of the mine owner is simply bizarre. A normal person would throw every resource into a rescue, including risking the lives of willing
volunteers. It's part of human nature.
But this is Skunk Works, so let's consider some other possibilities... The mine owner found gold, that's a good one Here Now.
What if there's an unstable mineral in or near the coal deposits? What if the miners found a buried artifact? What if said artifact transported the
miners elsewhere, which is why the little tunnels being dug find only empty spaces?
The miners could have discovered an underground installation, government or otherwise; and the rescue workers are being directed to dig in the wrong
Anyone else have a theory? The mine owner is certainly not acting like a normal person.