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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sam Quigley: A Miner’s Miner

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins There are better and worse ways to run a coal mine. Several months after the Crandall Canyon accident, I traveled to central Utah to meet with the former Vice President of Operations at Andalex. Sam Quigley had quit when Robert Murray signed the deal to take over the company. The contract went through at eleven o’clock in the morning, and Sam’s office was cleaned out by noon. He was familiar with …

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The New River

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins The New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world and one of the few, other than the Nile, that moves from south to north on the globe. It curves through mountains covered with thick greenery that slants up on either side, and in the spring and summer months professional river guides steer groups of four to twelve tourists straddling bright colored inner tubes through the rapids. After I …

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Interview on Utah Public Radio

Follow the link to hear me discuss Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey with radio host, Tom Williams: http://upr.org/post/coal-our-veins-understanding-and-sharing-story-mining-access-utah-tuesday

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Remembering Crandall Canyon Mine Collapse: August 6, 2007

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins Since the Sago disaster, a coal mining accident occurred within twenty miles of Skyline. On August 6, 2007, the roof collapsed on six miners retreat mining in Crandall Canyon, trapping them 1,500 feet underground. The mining company Andalex had just been bought by Robert Murray, of Murray Energy, a company out of Cleveland, Ohio, with such a bad reputation in the East that nobody would give him a mining permit in …

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