"Oh, God, for one more breath"*
I wrote this on 15 January 2006, for the families of the Sago Mine in West Virginia. Unfortunately, it is appropriate once again. Only the location has changed.
The recent tragedy at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Huntington, Utah remindes us of what it takes to keep our electronic society going. In these days of telecommuting, Powerpoint presentations, and cell phones, none of it would be possible without the fuel to satisfy our electronic appetite.
A few of the worst mine disasters in North America:
1900 - Explosion - Scofield, Utah - 200 dead
1902 - Explosion - Coal Creek, Alberta - 128 dead
1902 - Explosion - Coal Creek, Tennessee - 184 dead
1907 - Explosion - Monongah, West Virginia - 362 dead
1909 - Fire - Cherry Mine, Illinois - 259 dead
1913 - Explosion - Stag Canon, New Mexico - 263 dead
1914 - Explosion - Hillcrest, Alberta - 189 dead
These two songs from the "Coal Miming Women" cd.
from the "Small Rebellions" cd.
*The title of this post is from a note found on the body of Henry Beach, Fraterville Mine, Coal Creek, Tennessee, 1902.
This post is dedicated to mining families everywhere.
Our hopes are that the miners trapped in Utah will be found alive to rejoin their families.