Another mine accident
Last night, one miner was killed and another remains missing after a roof collapse at a mine in Kentucky. The mine, operated by Alliance Resource Partners, was one of the most dangerous in America, having earned 321 citations, 35% more than Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 in West Virginia earlier in April. It ranks 7th on MSHA’s list of mines with the most “significant & substantial” citations.
Alliance is an Oklahoma based mining company with mines in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia.
As I noted three weeks ago, coal mining remains one of the most dangerous jobs in America. I sincerely hope that the inspection efforts the Obama Administration is undertaking in response to the Big Branch mine disaster earlier this month will help make these mines safer for the men and women who work them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the lost men.