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61% BOTH LOGAN MINERS DEAD GOVERNOR PROMISES TO TAKE QUICK ACTION ON RESCUE, SAFETY LEGISLATION DON I. BRAGG, 33, AND ELLERY 'ELVIS' HATFIELD, 47, WERE FOUND TOGETHER
area due to the heat," Conaway said. Rescue teams battled thick smoke and intense heat, and the effort had slowed Saturday because of roof falls in the mine's underground passageways. Still, rescuers were able to enter the mine more...
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006
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61% COMPANY BLAMES LIGHTNING FOR EXPLOSION AT SAGO MINE
ICG said it believes investigators have ruled out other possible ignition sources for methane accumulated in the sealed area, including roof falls and electrical equipment. "At the location where the ignition is thought to have begun,...
Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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61% 'CHAOS' MARRED EARLY HOURS AFTER BLAST
for not properly maintaining emergency escapeways - including those in the area where the Jan. 2 explosion occurred. Inspectors noted that roof falls and other debris frequently piled up in escapeways. Sometimes, water filled escapeways....
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2006
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61% MCCLOY: SAGO MINERS GAS POCKET 3 WEEKS BEFORE BLAST SURVIVOR SAYS 4 RESCUER DEVICES FAILED TRAPPED MEN
MSHA is also initiating an effort with state agencies to ensure that miners are properly trained in SCSR use nationwide." Staff writer Ken Ward Jr.'s continued reporting on the Sago Mine disaster and mine safety is being supported by...
Published: Friday, April 28, 2006
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61% SAGO QUESTIONS LINGER STATE OFFICIALS CONCEDE THEY MAY NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED
not feasible for ICG to extract this lower seam during its initial mining. Doing so, the report said, would have created additional risks of roof falls. So, once the initial, or advance, mining was done and the roof supports installed,...
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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60% SAGO MINE DISASTER INVESTIGATION TRANSCRIPTS MINE'S METHANE BUILDUP IGNORED
Monday's Charleston Gazette: Coded language used in the Sago rescue attempt might have led to false reports of mine survivors. Staff writer Ken Ward Jr.'s continued reporting on mine safety and the Sago Mine disaster is being supported...
Published: Sunday, April 16, 2006
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59% UMW WARNS OF 400 'NEAR MISSES' SINCE 2000
call "ignitions" of explosive gas. Methane gas is present in all coal mines, and is naturally released from coal seams and the ground around them. Some companies have taken to collecting methane and selling it for a profit. But inside...
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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54% SAGO WATER PUMP MAY BE BLAST CLUE
the pump," McAteer said. "This is an important factor for our investigation." Staff writer Ken Ward Jr.'s continued coverage of the Sago Mine disaster and mine safety is being supported by a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation....
Published: Friday, May 05, 2006
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53% DANGEROUS OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
middle zone. Methane levels at Sago were not high enough to explode, but they had risen. That gas was moving around. As reporter Ken Ward Jr. found, general industry practice is to ignore sealed areas. Sago foreman Carl Crumrine summed...
Published: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Words: 550

53% NUMEROUS FAULTY SAFETY CHECKS FOUND SAGO MINE WAS REPEAT OFFENDER, INSPECTORS SAID
Sago Mine in the last two years. Here the agency says of the mine: "The operator has showed a high degree of negligence for the health and safety of the miners . " kward@wvgazette.com Managers of the Sago Mine repeatedly ignored or...
Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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