Breaking: Mine operator charged with two criminal violations in Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster

March 9, 2012 by Ken Ward Jr.

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.

 

 

One Response to “Breaking: Mine operator charged with two criminal violations in Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster”

  1. walnutcove says:

    Mr. Murray and gang as well as Massey’s bunch all escape with financial penalties, Why? Mine operators and Managers will never change as long as the Company’s money pays for their arrogance and powerful miscalculations. Only the little guys go to jail, the big ones escape with money!!

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