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Miners Trapped in W. Virginia.

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posted on Jan, 2 2006 @ 06:15 PM
Today, in a West Virginia coal mine, there are 13 men trapped in what appears to have been a cave in casued by, what is being speculated as lightning. Methane gas is naturally occuring in coal mines, and it is belived that a lightning strike may have sparked off an explosion, causing the mine to cave in. After the incident occurred early this morning, a rescue attempt was made by the trapped mens co-workers, but they were blocked off by a wall of rock and dirt and were unable to reach them. com
After waiting almost 12 agonizing hours for dangerous gases to clear, rescuers Monday entered a coal mine where 13 miners were trapped underground after an explosion that may have been sparked by lightning.

ICG acquired the Sago Mine (pronounced SAY-goh) last March when it bought Anker West Virginia Mining Co., which had been in bankruptcy. In 2004, the latest year for which figures are available, the Sago Mine produced about 397,000 tons of coal.

Federal inspectors cited the mine for 46 alleged violations of federal mine health and safety rules during an 11-week review that ended Dec. 22, according to records.

The more serious alleged violations, resulting in proposed penalties of at least $250 each, involved steps for safeguarding against roof falls, and the mine's plan to control methane and breathable dust. The mine received 185 citations from MSHA during 2005, up from 68 citations in 2004.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

There will be some serious issues that will rise from this disaster, even if these men are all rescued and safely returned to their families. With all of the citations given to this specific mine this year, this cave in is the result of neglect of the safety regulations put in place by MSHA for a reason. I would not be surprised at all if someone goes to jail from this company after this crisis is resolved.

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posted on Jan, 2 2006 @ 06:50 PM
i hope everything turns out positive.

unfortunatly it seems like the day for it, in Tasmania there is a similar situation with three workers trapped and currently being searched for by rescue teams.

"A RESCUE team has entered a burning mine to search for three workers who are apparently trapped in the shaft, which is billowing smoke.
The fire was first reported at Avebury nickel mine on near the west coast Tasmanian mining town of Zeehan at 7.45am (AEDT)."

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posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 10:58 PM
This just in! Twelve of the thirteen are ALIVE!!!

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posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 11:27 PM
Whoop Whoop!! Your right.

Family members say they've been alerted that all 12 remaining miners who have been missing in an West Virginia mine for more than 40 hours have been found alive. People waiting for word at the Sago Baptist Church are crying, hugging and screaming 'They're alive.'

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 11:36 PM
Amazing news.

Can't even imagine how their families are feeling right now.

Thoughts with the ones that didnt make it.


posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 01:58 AM

What the heck? Now they are saying only ONE SURVIVOR!!! It truly cannot be!!!

posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 02:45 AM
There was a miscommunication between the rescuers and the incident commander apparently. This resulted in it being reported that 12 were alive, when it was only one.

posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 05:08 AM
The miscommunication resulted from someone overhearing that the 12 miners had been found and that vital signs were being checked. Someone reported the erroneous information to the families.

Imagine the emotional condition of these people who have been praying all day for the safe return of their loved ones. Imagine the heartbreak and confusion of hearing that only one survived after being told that they all were alive.

My prayers are with this community.

posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 05:14 AM
I don't buy the miscommunication story. The rescue guy said normally they would need to be treated for hypothermia, but apparently they found a warm dry place with enough good air, so there going to come to the church & see their families first. There were just too many details about the miner’s condition.

Something has happened that we are not being told, either an accident on the way out or they found something they were not supposed too. Maybe there was a fight between them, someone gone berserk or they were fighting something else.

There were some strange things about this story from the start & there was mention by reporters of security teams keeping the media back. Whose security teams? The company’s security or subcontractor? If an outside security force who are they and where are they from?

Regardless conspiracy or not I'm sad for all those directly involved. May peace be with them all.

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posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 06:20 AM
Perhaps the company execs needed some time to arrange a few stock sales........................................(I think bad news lowers stock prices.) I registered to post just so i could get a few peoples opinions on this.

posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 08:35 AM
I just head this this morning, that 12 of 13 are dead and lawsuits are going to be filed against the company because of all of the safety violations that this particular mine had filed agains it by MSHA. Someone should go to jail for this neglect of safety.

posted on Jan, 5 2006 @ 01:08 AM
Of course this is only a theory, but what if all the hits the mining company has gotten, and what if this "freak" little accident with an explosion is an attempt from the powers that be... to bring the mine down?

Think about what is the lively hood of this sort of community? It's the mine!
If it closes, there goes the town. The media made no cover up of the Christianity in this town. The little Baptist Church, praying, and praising God.

It's not like mining towns haven't been gone after before, what a great cover to opperate under? This is only a thought, but I could see something more sinister to this story.

I felt just dreadful waking up this morning after hearing the night before "All 12 are alive" Then waking to only one survivor, who is a miracle all by himself!! I prayed for these people, I cried for their loved ones. May they all rest in peace.

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