Sorry, for not getting back to you sooner, Wendy. It has been a hectic week.
MSHA found the mine to have only a low level of responsibility last time. People are pretty upset about that as everyone says that although mining is inherently unsafe, this particular one is doing some exceptionally unsafe things in the name of making money.
This accident was in the same general area. The wall had looked good all day - but it is nearly 300 feet tall and sloughs happen. About a 4000 pound slough fell without warning. The smart team [rescue team] was amazing in their response. Wall continued to rain down but they managed to get a loader in and drag the rubber-tire blade out. It was clear from the beginning that Al had been killed, but they worked fearlessly and fervently for 3 hours to extract his body. They wanted very much to do what they could do - which was to treat him with respect and care for him the best they could.
There is a tremendous amount of anger because people are not seeing much change - at least within the timeline they'd like to see. But some small changes are happening.
It is expected that MSHA will find for the mine. Even many of the miners consider this accident to more or less be an act of god. Except that they think that the mine should be operating differently.
Thank you all for your kind support during this difficult time.