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Miners' Families Continue to Speak Out Against Mine Owner

Miners' Families Continue to Speak Out Against Mine Owner



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Sam Penrod Reporting The fifth hole revealed little today according to mine officials. They said there was so much debris and mud inside of drill hole number five, they couldn't see anything with the camera and could not get any air samples.

It's just the latest bad news as the families wait for any information on if there will be a recovery effort for the six miners.

While the families of six men trapped in the Crandall Canyon Mine want more rescue or recovery efforts, the mine's owner is on record as saying that won't happen.

Robert Murray has said, "That is an evil mountain. It is alive, and I will never go back in there."

Miners' Families Continue to Speak Out Against Mine Owner

The families and the mine owners seem to be at loggerheads. While the spotlight is still on the coal mine in Huntington Canyon, it's looking more and more like the next chapter of the tragedy will play out in the nation's capital.

There is little going on at the mine right now, except the drilling on the mountain of a sixth hole into the mine. Tonight we are again hearing from the families of the six men, who say they can't give up on the miners and are angry the mining company is.

With the families of the six miners behind him, their spokesman made it clear tonight they aren't giving up on the six men who have been missing inside the Crandall Canyon mine for 18 days now and are outraged at plans to give up.

Sonny Olsen, the family spokesman, said, "We have prayed day and night for a miracle, and now we feel Mr. Murray is abandoning us, sealing up the mine with the loved ones inside without know if they perished, is outrageous to us."

Miners' Families Continue to Speak Out Against Mine Owner

The mine company started drilling a sixth hole into the mine, one mine co-owner Bob Murray says will be the last without contact from the miners. The families believe so much more could be done, but nothing else is happening and there is talk of sealing the mine for good.

"We want our family members returned to us alive, and heaven forbid dead; don't let them leave them in the mine," Olsen said.

Others continue to offer the six families support. Mike Dunn, his wife Ruth and their son Daniel started praying for the miners on day one. Last Saturday they drove 2,200 miles from their home in South Carolina to pray at the mine. They have found all walks of life are gathering there.

Dunn said, "The Salvation Army workers came up to us, two wonderful ladies, and said, ‘Hallelujah' and ‘yes', we said, "Praise,' and said the Baptists have prepared this meal, we're serving it and now you are enjoying it. And I said, ‘yes we are all doing our part to bring God's conclusion, and peace and kindness to this place.'"

So while the news involving the six miners and three rescue workers has been heartbreaking to report over the last 18-days, we have seen the best of people in coal country, who've all been working together, hoping for a miracle and now peace for the famili

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