Testimony continues in bid to reopen Utah mine
DENVER ” A mining executive says about 290 people at West Ridge mine are not working due to a regulatory shutdown of operations at the mine near Price, Utah.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration halted longwall mining operations at the mine over concerns about releases of energy known as bounces that can damage equipment or injure workers. One bounce on Jan. 31 left a worker with a broken rib.
The mine is appealing regulators’ order before an administrative law judge in Denver. UtahAmerican Energy Inc., CEO Bruce Hill testified Saturday that he feels regulators are holding the mine hostage in a bid to get the mine to switch mining methods.
UtahAmerican is a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp., whose Crandall Canyon mine in Utah collapsed in August 2007, killing nine miners.
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