Letter asks Ky. to seek mining license revocations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A mine-safety advocate wants Kentucky to
move to revoke coal-mining licenses at an eastern Kentucky mine
that was shut down for nine days after a surprise inspection last
month.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/MfL10M ) reports that
Lexington lawyer Tony Oppegard wrote Friday urging the head of
Kentucky's Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, Freddie Lewis, to
file charges that would lead to revocation of foremen licenses at
the mine.

Federal inspectors May 16 found little or no ventilation where
miners were working at K and D Mining Inc.'s Mine No. 17 in
Highsplint in Harlan County. Inspectors found accumulations of coal
dust, a broken methane warning light and fire hazards on a conveyor
belt.

The mine is run by Ralph Napier, John D. North and Jack Ealy,
who also ran the Kentucky Darby mine No. 1 in Harlan County where a 2006 explosion killed five miners.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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