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Mexican President Orders Recovery of Bodies of 63 Miners from Pasta de Conchos Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Fri, 18 Sep 2020

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AP reported that Mexican government announced plans to fulfil a longstanding promise to retrieve the bodies of 63 coal miners killed in a 2006 mine collapse and get some coal to burn at the same time. Mexican president ordered the recovery effort to begin immediately, and put the federal electricity commission, the nation’s public utility known by its initials as the CFE, in charge of the dig. One of the clauses of the agreement states that the families present give their consent so that once the recovery is concluded, the CFE can remove the coal to supply itself. The agreement with victims’ relatives is likely to reinforce Mexican President Mr Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s reputation as a fan of fossil fuels, at a time when much of the world is turning away from them. Some observers say the decision was influenced by Mexico’s need to get rid of fuel oil it produces as part of refining.

The Pasta de Conchos mine disaster occurred at approximately 2:30 AM CST on February 19, 2006, after a methane explosion within a coal mine near Nueva Rosita in San Juan de Sabinas municipality in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The mines were run by Grupo México, the largest mining company in the country. It was estimated that 65 miners, who were working were trapped underground by the explosion. Only 2 of the 65 bodies have been recovered. There have been conflicting reports regarding the depth at which the miners were trapped. The National Mining and Metal Workers Union stated that the trapped miners were approximately 1,600 feet below ground, via a mile-long horizontal shaft. By February 21, 2006 Grupo México search teams and relatives of the trapped miners were beginning to lose hope. Each miner was allotted an oxygen pack, but the pack only guaranteed the miners six hours of oxygen.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 18 Sep 2020
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