Here’s an Associated Press account of a hearing today in the continued legal fight over the near-disaster in July 2002 at the Quecreek Mine near Somerset, Pa.:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A mining company attorney defended its operations Thursday as the legal wrangling continued nearly seven years since the rescue of nine trapped coal miners in Pennsylvania’s Quecreek Mine.
The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission heard arguments about whether a judge last fall fairly assessed $110,000 in fines against two companies, PBS Coals Inc. and Musser Engineering Inc., cited for negligence in the 2002 accident. The companies are challenging the fines.
A federal safety panel had previously recommended lesser fines of $5,000 against each company.