posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 08:56 PM
"The mine's owner, Massey Energy Co., has been repeatedly cited for problems with the system that vents methane and for allowing combustible dust to
build up. On the day of the blast, MSHA cited the mine with two safety violations — one involving inadequate maps of escape routes, the other
concerning an improper splice of electrical cable. However, Stricklin said the violations had nothing to do with the blast."
The citations had nothing to do with the blast, so they say, which is odd because they were hesitant as to the cause of the explosion. Earlier today
they said it maybe was caused by methane, while at the same time the methane was preventing them from entering. But now they know it was in a
different spot from their citation? Something is fishy here.
"The federal mine agency appointed a team of investigators to look into the blast, which officials said may have been caused by a buildup of
So they are not 100 percent sure yet what caused the explosion, even though methane has been the cause of previous mining explosions, and methane is
preventing them from reaching those who are trapped, going on 36 hours now.