I do the news practically every day and like all editors I control what I cover- I don’t do missing white women and high speed helicopter chases for example. I don’t do industrial accidents except to point out the greed, stupidity, and disregard for human life and the environment of the owners. It was with that in mind that I elected to cover the recent Chinese Coal Mining Disaster (29, 30, 31) because they have a notorious reputation (pet food and drywall anyone?).
And yet yesterday we had a miracle that I duly reported–
2 China hails ‘miracle’ as 115 rescued from flooded mine
by Marianne Barriaux, AFP
1 hr 10 mins ago
|XIANGNING, China (AFP) – More than 110 workers were pulled out alive from a Chinese coal mine on Monday in what has been hailed as a miracle rescue over a week after the men were trapped by an underground flood.
So far, 115 survivors have been rescued from the mine in China’s coal-mining heartland of Shanxi province, state media said. Some apparently survived on tree bark and at least one worker strapped himself to the wall with a belt.
The news from Shanxi, where 153 workers were trapped when the unfinished mine flooded on March 28, was a rare bright spot for an industry known for its poor safety record and more than 2,600 deaths recorded last year.
Today we have this-
25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984
By LAWRENCE MESSINA, Associated Press Writer
1 min ago
MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Rescue teams planned to search again for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades, though officials said Tuesday that the chances were slim that the miners survived.
The suspended rescue mission would resume after bore holes could be drilled to allow for toxic gases to be ventilated from Massey Energy Co.’s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston, state and federal safety officials said.
“All we have left is hope, and we’re going to continue to do what we can,” Kevin Stricklin, an administrator for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, said at a news conference. “But I’m just trying to be honest with everybody and say that the situation does look dire.”
Which I will also cover because of the greed, stupidity, and disregard for human life and the environment of the owner.