An administrative judge has ordered a Pennsylvania mining company to pay $900,000 in fines related to the 2006 explosion that killed a miner and resulted in criminal charges against three others, according to federal officials. The Department of Labor fines against R&D Coal Co. are part of a settlement order signed August 1 by an administrative law judge. The judgment arises from the October 23, 2006 methane explosion at Buck Mountain Mine in Schuylkill County that killed miner Dale Reightler.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration determined the miner was killed when methane exploded in an inadequately-ventilated area. The Administration determined six of the ten violations related to Reightler’s death were “flagrant.” Mine operators must be held accountable for their failure to keep miners safe. R&D Coal plans no appeal. One of the mine’s owners and his son pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges in Reightler’s death. A third man pleaded guilty to blasting without a mining certificate. A second mine owner committed suicide in 2007. The Buck Mountain Mine has been permanently closed.
Source: The Pottsville Republican and Herald
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