MSHA won't allow Mach Mine to reopen until safe
September 14, 2007
JOHNSTON CITY — A Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman said Thursday that efforts are under way to repair the damage that had been done to the roof of the Mach Mine in Johnston City, which collapsed late Sunday evening.
Amy Louviere said the Arlington, Va.-based federal agency was contacted about the accident on its 24-hour emergency phone line at 11 p.m. Sunday by a mine representative. An inspector and field office supervisor were immediately dispatched to the site to assess the situation. After assessing the scene, an order was placed, Louviere said, requiring that the mine be shut down until it is “deemed safe to re-enter” by inspectors. No injuries were reported from the incident.