Day Nine of Utah Mine Rescue Effort


On August 7, 2007 part owner of Crandall Canyon Mine [MAP/SAT], Robert Murray, says that only the Lord knows if the six miners trapped after an earthquake are alive or dead.

About 200 rescue workers are at work and 14 fresh managers from across the nation are now included in the rescue operation. Cameras have indicated the space is survivable, but no signals have been heard from any of the miners.

In an interview today, Robert Murray brought in Bodine Allred, a safety manager who has a cousin trapped in the mine, to answer questions at the request of the media to let someone answer questions who has had more time in the mine with rescue operations. Robert Murray cut the interview short when questions about safety were directed to Bodine Allred.

The mine is owned by UtahAmerican Energy, Inc. (formerly Andalex Resources), a company with approximately USD $65.1 million in annual sales, headquartered in Sandy, Utah. UtahAmerican is a subsidiary of Cleveland, Ohio based Murray Energy Corporation, owned by Robert E. Murray. The Crandall Canyon mine is operated by Genwal Resources Inc., an operating division of UtahAmerican.