two weeks in the West

Thompson, Jonathan
September 2007
High Country News;9/3/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 16, p3
The article focuses on the outcome after the Crandall Canyon mine collapsed in Utah on August 6, 2007. It has been reported that there were six miners trapped some 1,500 feet underground but were not yet confirmed if they were still alive or dead. Rescuers are risking their lives daily into the dark and dangerous area. They tunneled slowly through the unstable mountain, which shifted and groaned so much that one wonders why it was being mined in the first place. Rigs drilled into the mountain from above, sending cameras down in hopes of a glimpse of some survivors. According to seismologists, the collapse happens, because the miners have been doing retreat mining, an especially dangerous method of extracting coal.


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