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New U.S. Legislation Targets Problem Mines

The new proposed mining law came about after the disastrous explosion at a West Virginia mine operated by Massey Energy Co. on April 5, 2010 and the explosion on April 22, 2010 at Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

The new legislation is to be introduced on Tuesday in the House by Rep. George Miller. It will allow federal mine regulatory authorities more tools to deal with mines with a history of safety problems, including shutting them down.

The penalties for safety violations by mine operators will also be boosted according to the bill that is to be introduced. Whistle blowers who report unsafe working conditions in mines will also be given greater protection.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is coming under fire from Massey Energy for not allowing Massey to take photos and dust samples from the Upper Big Branch mine to determine the cause of the accident that took 29 lives.

Perhaps with the new mining law the procedures will be better laid out and safety first will not be just a motto, but actual practice.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.


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