House Committee Subpoenas 2 Owners of Utah Mine That Collapsed

A congressional committee on Friday subpoenaed two of the owners of Utah's Crandall Canyon mine where six miners died in a roof collapse last August.

The subpoenas order Robert E. Murray, CEO of the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., and P. Bruce Hill, president of UtahAmerican Energy, to give depositions on March 18-19, or on another mutally-agreed upon date.

Lawmakers have been investigating what happened at Crandall Canyon.

Six miners were trapped 1,800 feet below the surface of the Crandall Canyon on Aug. 6. It was never learned if they survived the initial cave-in and their bodies have yet to be recovered. Three others were killed as rescuers tried to tunnel toward the trapped miners.

"Our goal in speaking with Mr. Murray and Mr. Hill is the same as our goal in this investigation — to learn what went wrong at the Crandall Canyon Mine so that we can apply lessons learned from this tragedy to ensure that nothing like it happens again," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif, and chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Murray declined invitations to appear at earlier Senate hearings on the mine collapse. He was also subpoenaed by the Senate Appropriations' labor subcommittee, and a hearing is expected in March or April.