Owners Mull Reopening Mine

With fate of missing miners still uncertain, economic issues surface
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2007 12:49 PM CDT

Days after three more deaths ended efforts to rescue trapped miners, Crandall Canyon’s operators are talking about reopening the Utah mine—to mixed reaction from families and townspeople, according to the Times. Some wonder how the area is safe for mining but not for continuing recovery operations; others point to the mine's crucial place in the local economy.

“We were shocked that the subject was even brought up,” says a spokesman for the agency that must approve new mining. Owners would block off the area where six were trapped in the Aug. 6 collapse and focus elsewhere. “I can’t leave, to do what?” the nephew of a killed rescue worker said yesterday. (More Utah stories.)

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