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DOL/MSHA Media Advisory
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
               Rodney Brown
Phone: (202) 693-9400

Released Monday, August 11, 2003

MSHA Completes Investigation into Quecreek Mine Accident

NEW STANTON, Pa. - Dave D. Lauriski, the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, will announce the findings of a federal investigation into last year's inundation of the Quecreek mine in Somerset County.

Lauriski will hold a press conference on Tuesday, August 12, at 12:30 p.m, at the Quality Inn, 110 No. Main St. and Byers Ave.

On July 24, 2002, miners working underground in the Quecreek coal mine accidentally broke into an adjacent abandoned mine, which unleashed millions of gallons of water and trapped nine men for three days. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) provided critical technical expertise, leadership and rescue equipment as rescuers drilled 240 feet into the earth to reach the men and pull them safely to the surface.

Event: Release of Quecreek Accident Investigation Report
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003
Time: 12:30 p.m
Location: Quality Inn
110 No. Main St. and Byers Ave.
New Stanton, PA

For further information, please contact Amy Louviere or Rodney Brown of MSHA's Office of Communications at (202) 693-9400.