Mining Disaster Made Worse

Watching Murray Energy Corp. president and CEO Robert Murray comment to TV reporters as search and rescue efforts at Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah continue, one cannot help but feel even sorrier for the miners and their families. Working for such an individual cannot have been easy. The Salt Lake City Tribune confirms as much.

Rather than express concern for the miners and their families, I watched Murray espouse his theory that an earthquake caused the cave-in and that any formal investigation of the incident would find nothing irregular.

It is the second time within the past few years that a terrible mining disaster has been made worse by individuals ill-prepared to communicate with appropriate decorum, sympathy, respect and factual information. Those miners and their families deserve far better.