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Families hold outhope for WV miners

Families and friends of the trapped West Virginia miners received discouraging news this morning but still held out hope that their loved ones were alive.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 3, 2006

Families and friends of the trapped West Virginia miners received discouraging news this morning but still held out hope that their loved ones were alive.

Officials from International Coal Group Inc., found that air quality levels in one part of the mine were too poor to sustain life. The levels of carbon monoxide were more than three times the safe limit. But the miners could be in another location, company officials added.

There has been no communication with the miners.

Some 200 family members and friends of the trapped miners were gathered at the Sago Baptist Church, across the road from the mine, where they have been staying for two days. The American Red Cross was offering emergency services.

Local churches of all denominations were donating food for the Red Cross to serve as the vigil continues, and local pastors have been visiting the Sago Baptist Church offering comfort.

At least some people spent Monday night camped at the entrance of the mine. The group receives briefings from mine officials every two hours.

The miners were trapped after an explosion early Monday. Rescue teams had to wait 11 hours after the blast to enter the mine so that dangerous gases could clear.

More than 50 citations have been issued to the Sago mine since October, some as recently as Dec. 21. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training issued 144 notices of violation against the mine in 2005, up from 74 the year before. Mine industry leaders argue that safety citations are typical for the industry.

The mine, which employs about 130 people, is located in Upshur County, 100 miles northeast of Charleston.

This incident comes four years after nine Pennsylvania coal miners were rescued in 2002 after surviving 77 hours in a flooded mine shaft 240 feet underground.


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