US Mine Inspectors To 'Beef Up' Enforcement Of Ventilation Rules

Date : 08/16/2010 @ 1:12PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. Representing Limited Partnership Interests (ARLP)
Quote : 20.6  0.2 (0.98%) @ 8:00PM

US Mine Inspectors To 'Beef Up' Enforcement Of Ventilation Rules

Massey (NYSE:MEE)
Historical Stock Chart

5 Years : From Jan 2013 to Jan 2018

Click Here for more Massey Charts.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday that it will have mine inspectors "beef up" the enforcement of ventilation rules in response to Congressional testimony on a fatal blast at a Massey Energy Co. (MEE) mine in April.

The federal mine-safety agency said inspectors have been instructed to increase enforcement efforts. The agency is also issuing new bulletins to mine operators, reminding them of rules on mine ventilation, the operation of ventilation systems and the maintenance of methane monitors.

"These standards are not voluntary, and every mine operator in the country is on notice that (the agency) will not tolerate violations of ventilation standards," Joseph Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, said in a statement.

The agency said the actions stem from testimony in May before the House Education and Labor Committee that raised questions about whether Massey Energy properly followed ventilation rules at the Upper Big Branch in West Virginia mine prior to the explosion that killed 29 workers.

The MSHA and Massey have clashed since the explosion over the ventilation system at the mine, with the company criticizing existing rules and saying the agency required changes that reduced air flow in the mine.

Shares of Massey Energy recently traded 28 cents higher to $31.70.

-By Mark Peters, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2457;


Latest ARLP Messages

{{bbMessage.M_Alias}} {{bbMessage.MSG_Date}} {{bbMessage.HowLongAgo}} {{bbMessage.MSG_ID}} {{bbMessage.MSG_Subject}}

Loading Messages....

No posts yet, be the first! No {{symbol}} Message Board. Create One! See More Posts on {{symbol}} Message Board See More Message Board Posts

Your Recent History
Gulf Keyst..
FTSE 100
UK Sterlin..
Stocks you've viewed will appear in this box, letting you easily return to quotes you've seen previously.

Register now to create your own custom streaming stock watchlist.

NYSE, AMEX, and ASX quotes are delayed by at least 20 minutes.
All other quotes are delayed by at least 15 minutes unless otherwise stated.