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Quecreek Mine Operator PBS Coals Can't Shake Fine

Law360 (April 22, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT) -- An administrative law judge on Thursday affirmed a $55,000 fine for PBS Coals Inc., the operator of the Quecreek Mine near Somerset, Pa., where a 2002 accident left nine miners trapped in a flooded mineshaft for 77 hours.

Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert Lesnick, rehearing the case against PBS Coals after an appeal within the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, said the company acted with gross negligence when it gave the miners an inaccurate map, warranting the highest-available penalty under the Federal Mine Safety...
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