August 22, 2007
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Anna Christopher, NPR
   

CRANDALL CANYON MINE OWNER BOB MURRAY
SAYS MINE WILL NOT REOPEN AND BE SEALED,
SEARCH FOR TRAPPED MINERS
TO CONTINUE WITH SIXTH BOREHOLE
ON NPR NEWS MORNING EDITION
TOMORROW, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

MURRAY TO NPR NEWS: THE MOUNTAIN IS ALIVE. ITS A DEADLY
MOUNTAIN, AND IM NOT GOING NEAR IT.

EXCERPTS BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW AT WWW.NPR.ORG


August 22, 2007; Washington, D.C. Crandall Canyon Mine owner Bob Murray tells NPRs John Ydstie that the mine will not reopen and will be sealed, in an interview airing on NPR News Morning Edition tomorrow, Thursday, August 23.

When asked whether he will continue to mine in the area, Murray says: Not in the Crandall Canyon Mine. I volunteered that to MSHA [Mine Safety and Health Administration]. I said, this mine is going to be sealed and closed and asked for their permission. Weve filed the papers to do that. I will never go back in there. Things happened here that have never happened. John, I have men here that have hundreds and hundreds of years of mining experience. They never saw this before, never before. The mountain is alive. Its a deadly mountain, and Im not going near it.

Murray also says that the search for the six trapped miners will continue with the drilling of a sixth borehole: Weve never given up. I will not leave this mountain until this is brought to an end one way or another. Weve been here now for two weeks and three days. We will drill a sixth. We will drill a sixth hole after this one. After that, the options are slim as to where we can as to where we can drill.

He continues: Im going to drill until we have no more places to drill. But its very likely that the miners are trapped and will not get them out.

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