Utah Senators Want $1 million to Study Retreat Mining

Utah Senators Want $1 million to Study Retreat Mining

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's senators say they will try to earmark $1 million next week for a study on the safety of mining coal deep below ground.

Nine people died in August at the Crandall Canyon mine in central Utah.

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, says the study should recommend ways to make retreat mining safer for everyone below ground.

Bennett and Sen. Orrin Hatch say the Senate will consider the amendment Monday or Tuesday. The University of Utah would be involved in the study.

Retreat mining is a method in which miners yank out a mine's pillars, grabbing the last of the coal. Mine co-owner Bob Murray insists it wasn't related to the disaster at Crandall Canyon.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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