We’ve just posted online a copy of the federal criminal charges filed a few minutes ago against Genwal Resources, the Murray Energy company that operated the Crandall Canyon Mine where six miners and three rescue workers died in that terrible disaster back in 2007.
Federal prosecutors in Utah charged Genwal in a two-count information, a document that typically indicates the company has reached a plea agreement with the government. Prosecutors have also filed in federal court a statement from the company confirming such a plea agreement, and noting that Genwal has agreed to pay the maximum penalty of a total of $500,000 in fines. Under the deal, federal officials also agreed not to bring any criminal charges against any individual mine managers or corporate officers.
The two charges are: Failing to report a previous mine “bump” at Crandall Canyon, and violating the mine’s MSHA-approved roof control plan.