Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Utah Mine Accident and MSHA: Part 2

With rescue efforts having ceased for obvious safety reasons and angry families claiming that the mining company and authorities are simply giving up, it will be interesting to see how the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reacts to the incident with its inevitable investigation and final report. Will MSHA give an unvarnished account of what happened and possibly hold the mining company accountable for the accident if violations are uncovered? Or will MSHA bow to political forces, avoid "biting the hand" that feeds it with PAC donations to Republican causes, and whitewash the story, as it has done in other mine disasters during the Bush administration. The families of all involved should demand no less than full disclosure and punitive measures if they are warranted.

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