Jim Walter Resources Inc.'s No. 5 Mine
September 23, 2001
This information was released to the public via MSHA's web site at 2:00 pm EST on 9/24/01
-- MSHA officials went directly to the mine. They have been at the mine all night and will remain as long as the emergency continues.
-- In charge on-site is MSHA District 11 Manager Frank Young.
-- MSHA immediately placed a control order on the mine site. Under the control order, all actions taken on-site during the emergency must be evaluated for safety, and approved, by MSHA..
-- We are working with the company and the miners' representatives as they make plans to recover the missing miners while safeguarding the rescue teams that have been looking for them.
-- This morning, rescue teams were withdrawn from the mine after they encountered elevated levels of methane gas, which indicate danger of another explosion.
-- MSHA's mobile gas analysis laboratory and communications center are arriving at the mine today.
-- Updates will be available periodically and will be promptly posted on MSHA's web site at www.msha.gov.
--Once the emergency is over and the mine is made safe for investigators, MSHA will conduct a complete investigation into the accident.