On August 6, 2007, six miners were trapped and are now presumed dead due to a mine collapse in Utah. Although originally blamed on a earthquake, University of Utah researchers now say that the opposite is true. They have reported that the mine was weakened by a risky form of mining and the collapse caused the reported seismic activity.
The owner of that mine, Robert E. Murray, is the owner of several other mines across the country.
In Illinois, Murray owns the Galatia Mine. That mine has 850 federal health and safety violations in 2007 alone.
Unless the state and federal governments crack down on Murray and his mines, there will be a tragedy in Illinois.