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    :: Monday, August 20, 2007 ::

    Effort to tunnel toward missing miners is suspended indefinitely after deaths of rescuers - By MICHAEL RUBINKAM/AP via The Massillon Independent, OH
    The president of the United Mine Workers of America, Cecil E. Roberts, blamed the mine’s owners and federal officials for the latest tragedy. Owners of the nonunion mine had rejected UMW offers to help in the rescue effort, saying they had all the help they needed.

    “This disaster has only compounded what was already an immense tragedy. Making the situation much worse is the fact that all of these deaths were needless and preventable,” Roberts said in a statement from union headquarters in Fairfax, Va.

    But Stickler said outside experts had signed off on MSHA’s plan to ensure the rescuers’ safety underground.

    “There was consensus that the plan that we had developed and implemented provided the maximum safety of workers that we knew to be available,” he said. “Obviously, it was not adequate.”
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